Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs)

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The Radio Songs chart (previously named Hot 100 Airplay)[1] is released weekly by Billboard magazine and measures the airplay of songs being played on radio stations throughout the United States across all musical genres. It is one of the three components, along with sales (both physical and the digital) and streaming activity, that determine the chart positions of songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart data collection

The airplay-only chart debuted as a 30-position chart on October 20, 1984. It was expanded to 40 positions on May 31, 1986, and to 75 positions on December 8, 1990.[2]

Each week, the Radio Songs chart ranks the 100 songs with the most airplay points (frequently referred to as audience impressions, which is a calculation of the number of times a song is played and the audience size of the station playing the tune). A song can pick up an airplay point every time it is selected to be played on specific radio stations that Billboard monitors. Radio stations across the board are used, from Top 40 Mainstream (which plays a wide variety of music that is generally the most popular songs of the time) to more genre-specific radio stations such as urban radio and country music. Paid plays of a song or treatment as bumper music do not count as an impression.

During the early years of the chart, only airplay data from top 40 radio stations were compiled to generate the chart. Effective from issue dated July 17, 1993, adult contemporary stations were added to the panel, followed by modern rock few months later. However, beginning in December 1998, the chart profile expanded to include airplay data from radio stations of other formats such as R&B, rock and country. To preserve the notion of the former chart, the Top 40 Tracks chart (now defunct) was introduced at the same time.

Per Billboard (as of October 2011):

"1,214 stations, encompassing pop, adult, rock, country, R&B/hip-hop, Christian, gospel, dance, jazz and Latin formats, are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data System. This data is used to compile the Billboard Hot 100."

The radio airplay data was collected on a Wednesday to Tuesday weekly cycle, but since July 2015, this has been changed to a Monday to Sunday cycle.[3]

Song records

Highest debut

No. 2

No. 4

No. 6

No. 8

No. 9

Highest audience peaks

Listed here are airplay peaks by song. Even if a song has registered enough impressions to be listed during multiple weeks, it is only listed once.

Artist records

Artists with the most number ones after BDS-based chart's December 1990 inception


Most cumulative weeks at number one

Most consecutive number ones


Most top 10 songs

Number of Songs Artist Source
29 Rihanna [24]
23 Mariah Carey [24]
20 Drake [24]
Lil Wayne [24]
17 Beyoncé [24]
Jay-Z [24]
Ludacris [24]
P!nk [24]
T-Pain [24]
Usher [24]


  1. ^ Trust, Gary (2014-01-08). "Pitbull, Ke$ha Take 'Timber' to Top of Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles (12th ed.). Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 11. ISBN 0-89820-180-2. 
  3. ^ Billboard Staff (2015-06-24). "Billboard to Alter Chart Tracking Week for Global Release Date". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Radio Songs | Week of October 17, 1992". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Radio Songs | Week of May 30, 1992". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Radio Songs | Week of May 1, 1993". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Radio Songs | Week of February 26, 2011". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Radio Songs | Week of September 9, 1995". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Radio Songs | Week of March 17, 2001". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Robin Thicke No. 1, Katy Perry No. 2 On Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Holds Atop Hot 100; DJ Snake & Lil Jon Hit Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Pharrell Williams Tops Hot 100 For 10th Week, Iggy Azalea Vaults Into Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pitbull & Ne-Yo Enter Hot 100 Top 10; Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars No. 1 Again". Billboard. 
  14. ^ "Ed Sheeran Tops Hot 100 for 12th Week, as Harry Styles Starts at No. 4". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ask Billboard: Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Trust, Gary (March 12, 2018). "Bruno Mars Passes Usher for Most Radio Songs No. 1s Among Males, Thanks to 'Finesse' With Cardi B". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Maroon 5 Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Rihanna Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Usher Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Boyz II Men Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Bruno Mars Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Beyoncé Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  23. ^ "LMFAO Keeps Katy Perry At Bay Atop Hot 100". Billboard. August 10, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Trust, Gary (15 May 2018). "Drake Earns 20th Radio Songs Top 10 With 'Nice for What,' Tying Lil Wayne For Most Among Males". Billboard Music. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 

External links

  • Current Radio Songs Chart
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