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The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of singles or albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts.[1] There are also Year End charts.[2] The charts may be dedicated to specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100
Hot 100
song chart, all three pools of data are used to compiled the charts.[3] For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.[4] The weekly sales and streams charts are monitored on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle since July 2015, previously it was on a Monday-to-Sunday cycle. Radio airplay song charts however follows the Monday to Sunday cycle (previously Wednesday to Tuesday).[5] The charts are released each Tuesday with an issue date the following Saturday, four days later.

Contents

1 History, methods and description

1.1 Incorporating digital platforms

2 Singles and tracks

2.1 All-genre 2.2 R&B/Hip-Hop 2.3 Adult/Pop 2.4 Country 2.5 Rock 2.6 Dance 2.7 Latin 2.8 Christian 2.9 Jazz 2.10 Holiday 2.11 Ringtones 2.12 Spotify 2.13 Canadian charts 2.14 International charts 2.15 Discontinued charts

3 Albums 4 Video 5 Other charts 6 Further reading 7 References 8 External links

History, methods and description[edit]

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On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade.[6] The first Music Popularity Chart was calculated in July 1940. A variety of song charts followed, which were eventually consolidated into the Hot 100
Hot 100
by mid-1958. The Hot 100
Hot 100
currently combines single sales, radio airplay, digital downloads, and streaming activity (including data from YouTube
YouTube
and other video sites). All of the Billboard charts use this basic formula. What separates the charts is which stations and stores are used; each musical genre has a core audience or retail group. Each genre's department at Billboard is headed up by a chart manager, who makes these determinations. For many years, a song had to be commercially available as a single to be considered for any of the Billboard charts. At the time, instead of using Nielsen SoundScan or Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), Billboard obtained its data from manual reports filled out by radio stations and stores. According to the 50th Anniversary issue of Billboard, prior to the official implementation of SoundScan tracking in November 1991, many radio stations and retail stores removed songs from their manual reports after the associated record labels stopped promoting a particular single. Thus songs fell quickly after peaking and had shorter chart lives. In 1990, the country singles chart was the first chart to use SoundScan and BDS. They were followed by the Hot 100
Hot 100
and the R&B chart in 1991. Today, all of the Billboard charts use this technology. Originally, Billboard had separate charts for different measures of popularity, including disk jockey playings, juke box song selection, and best selling records in retail stores. A composite standing chart that combined these gradually grew to become a top 100, the predecessor to the current Hot 100
Hot 100
chart. The juke box chart ceased publication after the June 17, 1957 issue, the disk jockey chart, after the July 28, 1958 issue, and the best seller chart, after the October 13, 1958 issue. The July 28, 1958 issue was also the last issue that called the composite chart the "Top 100"; the following week began the "Hot 100". Billboard publishes many different charts, with the Hot 100
Hot 100
and Billboard 200
Billboard 200
being the most famous. Billboard also has charts for the following music styles: rock, country, dance, bluegrass, jazz, classical, R&B, rap, electronic, pop, Latin, Christian music, comedy albums, catalog albums, and even ringtones for mobile (cell) phones. In 2009 Billboard partnered with MetroLyrics to offer top 10 lyrics for each of the charts. At the end of each year, Billboard tallies the results of all of its charts, and the results are published in a year-end issue and heard on year-end editions of its American Top 40
American Top 40
and American Country Countdown radio broadcasts. Between 1991 and 2006, the top single/album/artist(s) in each of those charts was/were awarded in the form of the annual Billboard Music Awards, which were held in December until the awards went dormant in 2007. The awards returned in May 2011. Before September 1995, singles were allowed to chart in the week they first went on sale based on airplay points alone. The policy was changed in September 1995, to only allow a single to debut after a full week of sales on combined sales and airplay points. This allowed several tracks to debut at number one. In December 1998, the policy was further modified to allow tracks to chart on the basis of airplay alone without a commercial release. This change was made to reflect the changing realities of the music business. Previous to this, several substantial radio and MTV hits had not appeared on the Billboard chart at all, because many major labels chose not to release them as standalone singles, hoping their unavailability would spur greater album sales. Not offering a popular song to the public as a single was unheard of before the 1970s. The genres that suffered most at the time were those that increasingly impacted pop culture, including new genres such as trip hop and grunge. Among the many pre-1999 songs that had ended up in this Hot 100 limbo were The Cardigans' "Lovefool", Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" (which peaked at forty-two), Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" (which hit #9), OMC's "How Bizarre", Sugar Ray's "Fly" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak". On June 25, 2015, Billboard made changes in its chart requirements. Starting July 10, the official street date for all new album releases will be Friday (instead of the current Tuesday) in the United States, For all sales-based charts (ranking both albums and tracks), Billboard and Nielsen changed the chart reporting period to cover the first seven days of an album's release. As a result of the changes, The Billboard 200, Top Albums Sales, Genre-based albums, Digital Songs, genre-based downloads, Streaming Songs, and genre-focused streaming surveys will run on a Friday to Thursday cycle. Radio Songs, which informs the Hot 100, will synch up to that Monday to Sunday period after formerly encompassing each Wednesday to Tuesday. All other radio charts and genre tallies follows the Monday to Sunday cycle, as they are monitored on a real-time basis. The move was made to coincide with the IFPI's move to have all singles and albums to be released on Friday globally.[5] Incorporating digital platforms[edit] Starting in 2005, Billboard changed its methodology to include paid digital downloads from digital music retailers such as Rhapsody, AmazonMP3 and iTunes. This change also allowed songs to chart with or without the help of radio airplay. This meant that a song did not need radio airplay to be eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. With this policy change, a song could chart based on digital downloads alone.[7] On July 31, 2007, Billboard changed its methodology for the Hot 100 chart to include digital streams. The digital information at the time was obtained from Yahoo
Yahoo
and AOL's streaming platforms. This change was made exclusively to the Billboard Hot 100
Hot 100
Chart. The effect of this chart change was minuscule at the time because it was estimated to account for 5% of the chart's total points.[8] In October 2012, Billboard dramatically changed the methodology for their country, rock, Latin, and rap charts, when they incorporated sales of digital downloads and streaming plays into what had been airplay-only charts. Another change was that rather than measuring airplay only from radio stations of the particular genre, the new methodology measures airplay from all radio formats.[9] This methodology was extended to their Christian and gospel charts in late 2013.[10] On February 20, 2013, Billboard announced another change in the methodology for their charts that incorporated YouTube
YouTube
video streaming data into the determination of ranking positions on its streaming charts. The incorporation of YouTube
YouTube
streaming data enhanced a formula that includes on-demand audio streaming and online radio streaming. The YouTube
YouTube
video streams that used in this methodology are official video streams, Vevo
Vevo
on YouTube
YouTube
streams, and user-generated clips that utilize authorized audio. Billboard argued that this change was made to further reflect the divergent platforms of music consumption in today's world.[11] Singles and tracks[edit] All-genre[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Billboard Hot 100 sales + airplay + streaming 100

The US music industry standard song popularity chart

Bubbling Under Hot 100
Hot 100
Singles 25

Ranks the top 25 songs below #100 that have not previously appeared on the Hot 100. Positions do not directly correspond to positions 101-125 of an extended Hot 100, but many sources use this notation

Heatseekers Songs 25

Ranks songs from new artists/bands that have never attained the top 50 of the Hot 100. If a song reaches the top 50, it and any of the artist's/band's subsequent singles are ineligible for the chart.

Hot 100
Hot 100
Airplay airplay (audience) 50

Measures radio airplay audience impressions on 1,233 radio stations encompassing all formats. One of the component charts of the Hot 100

Hot Singles Sales physical sales 15

Measures sales of commercial singles One of the component charts of the Hot 100 No recurrent chart

Digital Songs digital sales 50

Ranks top-selling digital song sales Combines different versions of songs for a summarized figure One of the component charts of the Hot 100

Hot Digital Tracks 75

Ranks digital song sales with different versions of songs listed No recurrent chart

Streaming Songs On-Demand Songs streaming 50

Ranks top-streaming songs Combines different versions of songs for a summarized figure One of the component charts of the Hot 100

Billboard Twitter
Twitter
Real-Time Twitter
Twitter
real-time 140

"Trending 140" - An up-to-the-minute ranking of the fastest moving songs shared on Twitter
Twitter
in the U.S., measured by acceleration over the past hour. "Emerging Artists" - A ranking of the most shared songs on Twitter
Twitter
in the U.S. by up-and-coming artists (defined as artists with fewer than 50,000 Twitter
Twitter
followers who have also not appeared as a lead artist in the top 50 songs on the Billboard Hot 100), ranked by the number of times each song was shared over the past 24 hours.[12]

R&B/Hip-Hop[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs airplay + sales + streaming 50[A] Ranks the most popular by combining airplay from all formats of radio stations, digital download sales, streaming data and YouTube
YouTube
views of R&B and hip-hop songs.

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay airplay (audience) 50 Measures airplay based on audience impressions from various R&B/hip-hop stations.

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay (spins) 40 Ranks songs by combining airplay base on radio plays (spins) from 76 R&B/hip-hop stations.

Adult R&B Songs airplay (spins) 30 Measures airplay from 65 Urban AC radio stations.

R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales digital sales 25 Top-downloaded R&B/hip-hop songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles airplay + sales + streaming 15 Ranks the top 15 songs below #50 that have not previously appeared on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Rhythmic Top 40 airplay (spins) 40 Measures airplay spins on 72 rhythmic stations. Rhythmic is a music radio format that includes of a mix of dance, upbeat rhythmic pop, hip hop and R&B hits. These stations also contribute to Dance/Mix Show Airplay panel

Hot Rap Songs airplay + sales + streaming 25 Ranks the top 25 hip-hop/rap songs by combining airplay from all formats of radio stations, digital download sales, streaming data and YouTube
YouTube
views of rap songs.

Rap Airplay airplay (spins) 25 Ranks the top 25 hip-hop/rap songs by airplay spins from R&B/hip-hop and rhythmic radio stations

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents airplay (spins) 20 Ranks songs that have fallen below No. 50 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and have been on that chart for over 20 weeks.

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay airplay (spins) 20 Ranks the songs that have fallen below No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and have been on that chart for over 20 weeks.

R&B Songs airplay + sales + streaming 25 Ranks the top 25 R&B songs by combining airplay from all formats of radio stations, digital download sales, streaming data and YouTube views of R&B songs.

Adult/Pop[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Mainstream Top 40
Mainstream Top 40
(also Pop Songs) airplay (spins) 40 Measures airplay detections (spins) on 157 Contemporary hit radio stations. These stations also contribute to the Dance/Mix Show Airplay panel

Adult Top 40 (also Adult Pop Songs) 40 Measures airplay spins on 90 Hot adult contemporary
Hot adult contemporary
stations

Adult Contemporary 30 Measures airplay spins on 85 adult contemporary stations

Pop Digital Songs digital sales 50 Top-downloaded pop songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Country[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Hot Country Songs sales + all format airplay + streaming 50 Combines sales, airplay from all radio formats and streaming data

Country Airplay airplay (audience) 60 Measures airplay audience impression on 128 country music stations

Country Digital Songs digital sales 50 Top-downloaded country songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Country Streaming Songs streaming 50 Most streamed country songs.

Rock[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Hot Rock Songs Sales, airplay, and streaming 50 Ranks the top rock songs based on radio airplay across all formats, sales data, and streaming activity

Rock Airplay Airplay (audience) 50 Airplay audience impressions on mainstream rock, alternative, and Triple A radio stations

Rock Digital Songs Digital sales 50 Top-downloaded rock songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan

Alternative Songs (also Alternative) Airplay (spins) 40 Measures airplay spins on 50 alternative/modern rock stations

Alternative Digital Songs Digital sales 25 Top-downloaded songs classified as alternative, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Rock Digital Songs.

Mainstream Rock Airplay (spins) 40 Measures airplay spins on 77 mainstream rock radio stations encompassing active rock and heritage rock

Adult Alternative Songs (Triple A) 40 Measures airplay spins on 24 adult album alternative radio stations

Hard Rock Digital Songs Digital sales 25 Top-downloaded songs classified as hard rock, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Rock Digital Songs.

Dance[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Dance Club Songs reports from DJs 50

Compiled exclusively from playlists submitted by nightclub disc jockeys, who must apply and meet certain criteria to become Billboard-reporting DJs

Dance/Electronic Songs Continuous airplay, single sales, digital downloads, online streaming, reports from DJs 50

A chart which uses the same methodology as the Hot 100, which tracks the top Dance/Electronic singles based on club play reports, monitored airplay, single sales, digital downloads and monitored online streaming. The songs will be used to determine eligibility for entry into the Hot 100. Criteria will be based on the song's tempo. Remixed versions of Pop, Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop and/or songs of other genres are ineligible for this chart. This chart uses the components of the Club Play, Dance/Mix Show, Digital Songs
Digital Songs
and Streaming Songs chart.

Dance/Mix Show Airplay Continuous airplay (Spins from exclusive reporters) Mix show airplay (Spins from Mainstream and Rhythmic stations) 40

Originally called Hot Dance Airplay when it was launched in 2003. A monitored dance music radio chart of 6 dance stations that came about as a result of the small but influential impact of dance music on the radio and the stations that program it. Renamed Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart on November 19, 2011. The chart now includes the 157 Mainstream Top 40
Mainstream Top 40
and 67 Rhythmic Top 40 reporters that features mix shows in their programming. Expanded to 40 positions, effective with the December 6, 2014 issue.

Dance/Electronic Digital Songs digital sales 50

A chart that tracks the digital download sales of dance/electronic music singles, including tracks that are exclusively available online only. This chart also includes previously released dance and disco songs that became available for downloading.

Dance/Electronic Digital Streaming Songs streaming 25

A chart that tracks the week's top Dance/Electronic streamed radio songs and on-demand songs and videos on leading online music services.

Latin[edit]

Chart title Chart type Description

Hot Latin Songs Sales + airplay + streaming The Hot Latin Songs
Hot Latin Songs
(formerly Hot Latin Tracks) is a weekly music chart that ranks the top fifty Spanish language
Spanish language
singles in the American music market. It was established by the magazine in 1986, when music labels and Billboard realized that Spanish-language songs had a great potential to the American audience. As of October 11, 2012, the chart is based on airplay, digital downloads, and streaming for Latin songs and only predominately Spanish-language songs are eligible to rank on this chart.

Latin Airplay Airplay (spins) The Latin Airplay is a weekly music chart that ranks the most performed song on Spanish-language radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Latin Digital Songs Digital sales Ranks the top-selling Spanish-language digital sales as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Latin Pop Airplay Airplay (spins) The Latin Pop Airplay is a weekly monitored Latin pop music radio chart that ranks the most played Latin pop songs on Latin music stations. It was established by the magazine in 1994.

Latin Regional Mexican Airplay Airplay (spins) The Latin Regional Mexican Airplay is a weekly chart that ranks regional Mexican music information from different genres like Mariachi, Norteño, Banda and Duranguense. This chart is based on airplay from 65 regional Mexican stations; the radio charts are compiled using information tracked by from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. It was established by the magazine in 1994.

Latin Tropical Airplay Airplay (spins) The Latin Tropical Airplay (a.k.a., Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay) is a weekly monitored chart that ranks tropical music information from different genres like Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, Guaracha
Guaracha
and others on 18 Latin music stations. It was established by the magazine in 1994.

Latin Rhythm Airplay Airplay (spins) The Latin Rhythm Airplay chart comprises singles and tracks from artists who represent the Hispanic rhythmic/ Hurban genre including Reggaeton, Hispanic R&B/hip-hop, rhythmic pop/dance and crossovers from English-language and/or bilingual acts, monitoring 15 Latin rhythm radio stations. This chart came about as a result of radio stations tapping into the growing second and third generation Hispanic audience who wanted a Spanish-speaking or bilingual alternative to the formats they felt represented them. The magazine established it in 2005.

Latin Streaming Songs Streaming The Latin Streaming Songs chart is a weekly monitored chart that ranks Latin streamed radio songs and on-demand songs and music videos on leading online music services.

Christian[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Christian Songs Sales, streaming, all format airplay 50 Combines sales, airplay from all radio formats, and streaming data

Christian Digital Songs Digital downloads 50 Top-downloaded Christian songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan

Christian Streaming Songs Streaming 50 Most streamed Christian songs

Christian Airplay Airplay (audience) 50 Audience impressions from Christian AC, Hot AC/CHR, Soft AC, and Christian Rock stations

Christian AC Songs Airplay (spins)

Measures airplay spins on Christian adult contemporary stations

Christian Hot AC/CHR Airplay (spins)

Measures airplay spins on Christian CHR stations

Christian Soft AC Airplay (spins)

Measures airplay spins on Christian Soft ACstations

Christian Rock Airplay (spins)

Measures airplay spins on Christian rock stations

Christian AC Indicator Airplay (spins)

Gospel Songs Sales, streaming, allformat airplay 30

Jazz[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Smooth Jazz
Jazz
Songs airplay (spins) 30 Measures airplay spins on 14 smooth jazz stations

Holiday[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Holiday 100[13] Sales, streaming and airplay 100 Combines sales, airplay and streaming data. Only in December.

Holiday Digital Songs Digital downloads 50 Top-downloaded Holiday songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Holiday Streaming Songs Streaming 50 Most streamed Holiday songs. Only in December.

Holiday Airplay Airplay (audience) 50 Audience impressions from all radio stations. Only in December.

Ringtones[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Hot Ringtones ringtone sale 40 Ranks weekly sales of polyphonic ringtones for mobile phones, launched in 2004[14]

Hot RingMasters 40 Ranks weekly sales of master ringtones for mobile phones

Hot Videoclips

25 Ranks top 25 most popular music videos according to digital sales and TV play on shows such as TRL and 106 & Park

Spotify[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Spotify
Spotify
Velocity Streaming 30 Ranks top-streaming songs on Spotify[15]

Viral 50 Streaming 50 Ranks top-streaming independent songs on Spotify[16]

Spotify
Spotify
Rewind Streaming 30 Ranks top-streaming old/classic songs on Spotify[15]

Canadian charts[edit]

Chart title Chart type Number of positions Description

Canadian Hot 100 airplay + sales + streaming[17] 100

Canadian music industry standard singles popularity chart

Emerging Canadian Artist

30

Ranks most popular songs by emerging Canadian artists Artists are considered emerging until 12 months after the date their first Canadian Hot 100
Hot 100
charting entry reaches the top 40. No recurrent chart

Hot Digital Songs digital sales 75

Ranks top-selling digital song sales Combines different versions of songs for summarized figure one of the component charts of Canadian Hot 100 No recurrent chart

Hot 100
Hot 100
Airplay airplay (audience) 75

Measures radio airplay audience impressions on 137 radio stations from five different formats One of the component charts of Canadian Hot 100

All-format Airplay airplay (spins) 50

Measures radio airplay spins on 137 radio stations from five formats. A 100-position chart was previously available at Jam! Canoe website.

CHR/Top 40 Airplay 50

Measures radio airplay spins on 25 CHR radio stations

AC Airplay 50

Measures radio airplay spins on 28 AC radio stations

Hot AC Airplay 50

Measures radio airplay spins on 24 Hot AC radio stations

Country Airplay 50

Measures radio airplay spins on 31 country radio stations

Rock Airplay 50

Measures radio airplay spins on 29 rock radio stations

International charts[edit]

Chart title Description

Brasil Hot 100
Hot 100
Airplay The Brazil Hot 100
Hot 100
Airplay ranks the most listened singles and tracks in Brazil.

Euro Digital Songs The chart ranks the best-selling digital singles and tracks in Europe.

Japan Hot 100 The Japan Hot 100
Hot 100
ranks the best-selling singles and tracks in Japan.

Korea K-Pop Hot 100[18][19] [20][21]

Ranks the best selling singles in South Korea. (*Chart information for K-pop artists on all Billboard charts can be found at Billboard K-Town).[22]

Mexican Airplay[23] The Mexican Airplay ranks the best-performing singles in Mexico.

Mexican Espanol Airplay The Mexican Espanol Airplay
Mexican Espanol Airplay
ranks the best-performing singles in Spanish-language in Mexico.

Mexico Ingles Airplay The Mexican Ingles Airplay ranks the best-performing singles in English-language in Mexico.

Philippine Hot 100 The chart ranks the best-performing songs in the Philippines.

Philippine Top 20 The chart ranks the best-performing local songs in the Philippines.

World Digital Songs Ranks the best-performing international digital singles in the United States.

Discontinued charts[edit]

Chart title Discontinuation date Description

Country Singles Sales 2005

Ranks the best-selling commercial country singles

Euro Digital Tracks November 29, 2014

Ranks the best-selling digital tracks in Europe

European Hot 100
Hot 100
Singles December 11, 2010

Ranked the best-selling singles in Europe by combining sales from various countries in Europe.

Global Dance Tracks June 29, 2013

A weekly international survey of the songs that were popular in dance clubs globally.

Hot Dance Singles Sales 2013

A chart that measured the sale of commercially released singles in the dance music market, including remixes. It was formerly known as Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, when the chart was restricted to sales of the 12-inch maxi single
12-inch maxi single
and CD maxi single format. In recent years, singles only released in the CD single
CD single
format have apparently been counted too.

Pop 100 June 13, 2009

Ranked songs by combining airplay focused on pop radio and sales The chart's importance is replaced by the Mainstream Top 40
Mainstream Top 40
chart

Pop 100 Airplay

Measured airplay on pop music radio One of three component charts of the Pop 100

Top 40 Tracks March 2005

Debuted in December 1998 ranking songs by audience impressions on Mainstream, Adult, and Rhythmic Top 40 radio stations Discontinued with the introduction of the Pop 100 and Pop 100 Airplay charts

Notes

^ 100 positions prior to October 2012.

Albums[edit]

Chart title No. of Positions Description

Billboard 200 200

Industry standard, includes albums from any genre. Includes both new and catalog albums. Includes data from on-demand streaming services[4]

Top Album
Album
Sales 100

A pure album sales chart.

Top Current Albums 100

The same chart as Top Album
Album
Sales, with catalog titles removed

Top Pop Catalog Albums 50

An album becomes a catalog title when it is more than 18 months old and has fallen below position 100 on the Billboard 200.

Top Internet Albums 40

Ranks physical albums ordered through Internet merchants.

Tastemakers

Ranked albums based on "an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains."[24]

Digital Albums 50

Heatseekers Albums 25

Ranks albums from new artists/bands that have never attained the top 100 of the Billboard 200. If an album reaches the top 100, it and any of the artist's/band's subsequent albums are ineligible for the chart.

Heatseekers Albums (East North Central)

Heatseekers Albums (Middle Atlantic)

Heatseekers Albums (Mountain)

Heatseekers Albums (Northeast)

Heatseekers Albums (Pacific)

Heatseekers Albums (South Atlantic)

Heatseekers Albums (South Central)

Heatseekers Albums (West North Central)

Independent Albums 50

Ranks top 50 albums released through independent record labels.

Top Rock Albums 50

Alternative Albums 25

Hard Rock Albums 25

Americana/Folk Albums 25

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 50

R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums 25

Rap Albums 25

R&B Albums 25

Ranks top R&B albums by sales as compiled by Nielsen Music. Albums must be less than 18 months old, or if older than 18 months then they must reside on the Billboard 200's top 100.[25]

Top Country Albums 50

Country Catalog Albums 25

Bluegrass Albums 15

Top Latin Albums 30

Ranks the best-selling Latin albums weekly. An album must have at least 51% of its content recorded in Spanish to rank on this chart.

Regional Mexican Albums

Latin Pop Albums 30

Tropical Albums

Latin Rhythm Albums

Classical Albums Top Classical Albums

Traditional Classical Albums

Classical Crossover Albums

Classical Budget/Midline Albums

Christian Albums 50

Gospel Albums 40

Christian & Gospel Albums

Jazz
Jazz
Albums 35

Traditional Jazz
Jazz
Albums 15

Contemporary Jazz
Jazz
Albums 15

Debuted on February 28, 1987 with 25 positions.[26]

Dance/Electronic Albums 25

Blues Albums

Cast Albums

Measuring sales of cast recordings

Comedy Albums

Compilation Albums 20

Holiday Albums 50

see Best-selling Christmas/holiday albums in the United States

Kid Albums 15

New Age Albums

Reggae Albums

Soundtracks 30

Vinyl Albums 25

World Albums 15

Debuted on May 19, 1990.[27] Ranks biggest-selling world music albums, including catalog titles.

Video[edit]

Chart title Number of positions Description

Music Video DVD 100

Industry standard, includes video albums from any genre.[28]

Other charts[edit] In December 2010, Billboard announced a new chart titled Social 50, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. The Social 50 chart tallies artists' popularity using their weekly additions of friends/fans/followers, along with weekly artist page views and weekly song plays on Myspace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Twitter
and iLike.[29] In January 2011, Billboard introduced another chart called Uncharted, which lists new and developing artists, who are yet to appear on any major Billboard chart, "...regardless of their country of origin."[30] The ranking is based on the views and fans on social networking websites like Myspace
Myspace
and Facebook. To appear on Uncharted, the artists must be registered Myspace
Myspace
Music artists, and should not have appeared on any major Billboard charts before.[30] In May 2014, after the Korea K-Pop Hot 100
Hot 100
chart was discontinued in the U.S., the Billboard K-Town
Billboard K-Town
column continued to provide chart information for K-pop artists on all Billboard charts.[20][22] The Billboard Artist 100 began in 2014. Further reading[edit]

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with Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem
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