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The Adult Top 40 (also known as Adult Pop Songs) chart is published weekly by Billboard magazine and ranks "the most popular adult top 40 as based on radio airplay detections measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems."[1] It is a format in which the genre is geared more towards an adult audience who are not into hard rock, hip hop, or adult contemporary fare. The main genres within this format are alternative rock and mainstream pop that is more adult-oriented. It is not to be confused with adult contemporary where rather lesser-known and more ballad-driven songs are played.

Contents

1 History 2 Records and achievements

2.1 Most weeks at number one 2.2 Artists with most number-one singles 2.3 Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number-one 2.4 Artists with the most top 10 singles 2.5 Longest break between number ones 2.6 Most weekly plays

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The chart was first published in the March 16, 1996, issue of Billboard; however, historically, the chart's introduction was in October 1995, when it began as a test chart.[2] The Adult Top 40 chart was formed following a split of the "Hot Adult Contemporary" chart due to the growing emergence of Adult Top 40 radio stations in the 1990s. These stations played a wider variety of artists and saw a faster turnover of songs compared to traditional adult contemporary radio. Songs by modern rock, dance, and R&B artists were mixed in with acts more closely associated with adult contemporary. According to Billboard, splitting the chart "better reflect[s] the music being played on adult contemporary and adult/top 40 stations."[2] The first number-one song on the Adult Top 40, from the test chart of October 7, 1995, was "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal.[3] The first number-one song on the Adult Top 40, from the published chart of March 16, 1996, was "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
and Boyz II Men.[4] Records and achievements[edit] Most weeks at number one[edit] 25 weeks

"Smooth" – Santana featuring Rob Thomas (1999–2000)

23 weeks

"Wherever You Will Go" – The Calling
The Calling
(2001–02)

18 weeks

"Unwell" – Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty
(2003) "Photograph" – Nickelback
Nickelback
(2005–06)

17 weeks

"Iris" – Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls
(1998)

16 weeks

"Complicated" – Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne
(2002)

15 weeks

"Don't Speak" – No Doubt
No Doubt
(1996–1997) "How to Save a Life" – The Fray
The Fray
(2006–07)

14 weeks

"Torn" – Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia
(1998) "Everything You Want" – Vertical Horizon
Vertical Horizon
(2000) "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" – Train (2001)

Source:[5] Artists with most number-one singles[edit]

12 – Maroon 5 9 – Pink 8 – Katy Perry 6 – Taylor Swift 5 – Nickelback, Adele

Source:[6] Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number-one[edit]

72 – Maroon 5[7] 54 – Matchbox Twenty[8] 37 – Pink[9] 35 – Nickelback[10], Adele[11] 34 – Katy Perry[12] 33 – Ed Sheeran[13] 27 – Train[14], Kelly Clarkson[15]

Artists with the most top 10 singles[edit]

23 – Maroon 5[16] 17 – Taylor Swift[17] 16 – Kelly Clarkson[18] 15 – Pink[19] 14 – Goo Goo Dolls[20], Train[21], Katy Perry[22] 13 – Matchbox Twenty[23]

Longest break between number ones[edit]

Coldplay
Coldplay
– eight years and eight months Train – six years, four months and one week Maroon 5
Maroon 5
– five years, 10 months and one week

Source: [24] Most weekly plays[edit] Only 8 songs have topped the 5,000 weekly spins mark in the history of the chart

Lorde
Lorde
– "Royals" (5,380) OneRepublic
OneRepublic
– "Counting Stars" (5,367) Katy Perry
Katy Perry
– Roar (5,309)[25] Avicii
Avicii
– "Wake Me Up" (5,230) Passenger – "Let Her Go" (5,155) Adele
Adele
– Rolling in The Deep (5,109)[26] Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me a Reason (5,040)[27] Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines (5,023)[28]

See also[edit]

List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Adult Top 40 chart Adult Contemporary (chart) Mainstream Top 40

References[edit]

^ "Current Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2013.  ^ a b "Updated Charts: Heatseekers, AC". Billboard. 108 (11): 109. March 16, 1996. Retrieved February 9, 2013.  ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. October 7, 1995. Retrieved February 24, 2013.  ^ "Adult Pop Songs chart". Billboard. March 16, 1996. Retrieved February 24, 2013.  ^ " Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Top Artist, Santana's 'Smooth' Top Song of Adult Pop Songs Chart's First 20 Years". Billboard. March 16, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ "P!nk Tops Katy Perry
Katy Perry
for Most No. 1s By Women on Adult Pop Songs Chart With 'What About Us'". Billboard. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.  ^ " Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ "Pink Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Nickelback
Nickelback
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Adele
Adele
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Katy Perry
Katy Perry
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.  ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018.  ^ " Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ " Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ " Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ "Pink Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ " Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ " Katy Perry
Katy Perry
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ " Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty
Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ Trust, Gary (June 1, 2017). " Coldplay
Coldplay
Ends Longest Break Between No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs Chart". billboard.com. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2017.  ^ "Billboard Top 40 Monday Update" (PDF). Billboard. October 7, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014.  ^ "Lorde's 'Royals' Crowns Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-09.  ^ "Billboard Top 40 Monday Update" (PDF). Billboard. May 6, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014.  ^ "Billboard Top 40 Monday Update" (PDF). Billboard. August 26, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Current Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart

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