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Top 40 Mainstream

"Pop Songs" redirects here. For other uses, see Pop Song.

The Mainstream Top 40 is an airplay chart from Billboard magazine, and is also known as Pop Songs on Arbitron sometimes refers to the format as Pop Contemporary Hit Radio. As of the issue for the week ending November 9, 2013, the Mainstream Top 40 current number one is "Wake Me Up!" by Avicii.[1]

Chart criteria

There are 40 positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. This chart ranks the week's hottest pop songs, ranked by mainstream top 40 radio airplay detections as measured by Nielsen BDS Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by the total number of spins detected per week.

Songs that are gaining plays or remaining flat from previous week will receive a bullet. A song will also receive a bullet if its percentage loss in plays does not exceed the percentage of monitored station downtime for the format. If two songs are tied in total plays, the song with the larger increase in plays is placed first. In the week December 3, 2005 songs below No. 20 are moved to recurrent after 20 weeks on the chart. Descending songs below No. 10 are moved to recurrent after 52 weeks on the chart.

This chart was often mistaken for and confused with the now discontinued Pop 100 Airplay chart. Whereas the Top 40 Mainstream and Pop 100 Airplay charts both measured the airplay of songs played on Mainstream stations playing pop-oriented music, the Pop 100 Airplay (like the Hot 100 Airplay) measures airplay was based on statistical impressions, while the Top 40 Mainstream chart used the number of total detections.

Song records

Highest debut

No. 12: Mariah Carey — "Dreamlover"
No. 14: Lady GagaBorn This Way", Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z — "Suit & Tie"
No. 16: Madonna — "Frozen", Britney Spears — "Hold It Against Me"
No. 18: Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
No. 19: Katy Perry — "Unconditionally"
No. 20: Lady Gaga — "Applause", Justin Bieber — "Boyfriend (Justin Bieber song)
No. 21: Kesha - "Die Young"

Most weeks at number one

14 weeks

11 weeks

10 weeks

9 weeks

Most weeks on the chart

Most weekly plays

Below are listed the 10 songs with the most weekly plays under Billboard's then panel. The panel is regularly updated, with stations being added or removed sometimes even weekly, and often expanded, thus the spins record is broken quite frequently.

Artist records

Artists with the most number-one singles

Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number-one

Note: As of October 2013

Artists with the most top 10 singles

Artists with the most entries

Source: [25]

Artist achievements

  • Lady Gaga is the only artist to have her first six singles reach No. 1.[26]
  • Britney Spears holds the record for the longest span of No. 1s (12 years, 7 months, 4 days).[27]
  • Katy Perry's Teenage Dream is the first album ever to have 6 singles top the chart.[28]
  • At age 13, JoJo became the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single on the chart.
  • Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart a Break" and Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" share the record for the longest climb to the top, with 25 weeks each.[29]

Use in countdown shows

From January 9, 1993 up until its last first-run show on January 28, 1995, American Top 40 used this chart as its main source.

See also

  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Mainstream Top 40 chart
  • List of number one Top 40 Mainstream hits


External links

  • BDS Top 40 Mainstream reporting panel
  • Mainstream Top 40 Songs (Pop Songs) on
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