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Adult Alternative Songs, also known as Triple A, is a record chart currently published by Billboard that ranks the most popular songs on adult album alternative radio stations. The 40-position [1] chart is formulated based on each song's weekly radio spins, as measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. [2] The earliest incarnation of the chart was first published on January 20, 1996 [3] as a feature in Billboard sister publication Airplay Monitor . In 2006, Airplay Monitor ceased publication after Billboard parent company VNU Media's acquisition of rival radio trade magazine Radio & Records , [4] which then subsequently incorporated Airplay Monitor's Nielsen-based Triple A chart. [5] [6]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Adult album alternative is a radio format. A spinoff from the album-oriented rock format, its roots trace to the 1960s and 1970s from the earlier freeform and progressive formats.

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, better known as BDS, is a service that tracks monitored radio, television and internet airplay of songs based on the number of spins and detections. The service, which is a subsidiary of Nielsen Corporation provides the basis for Nielsen Media publication Billboard in the United States, while in Canada, BDS helps determine the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart and the Canadian Hot 100 chart, which is published by Jam! and in the website for Canadian Music Network, in determining their radio airplay music charts and determines the chart movement in Billboard's Hot 100 chart when combined with single sales from Nielsen SoundScan. From August 2006 to its final June 2009 publication, BDS also provided chart data for R&R after Nielsen acquired the trade. On September 10, 2009, the website struck a partnership with Nielsen BDS to provide radio airplay charts and related data for over 20 formats.


Billboard itself began publishing the Triple A chart in the issue dated July 5, 2008 through their website, [7] appropriating the same airplay data as Radio & Records. [5] Radio & Records closed in June 2009, leaving Billboard as the sole publisher of the chart. [8] In February 2014, the chart's reporting panel was expanded from 23 to 32 stations, including non-commercial reporters for the first time. [9] The current number-one single, as of the chart for the week ending May 4, 2019, is "Lo/Hi" by The Black Keys. [10]

Lo/Hi 2019 single by The Black Keys

"Lo/Hi" is a song by American rock band the Black Keys. It was released as the lead single from their ninth album, Let's Rock, on March 7, 2019. The song topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock, Adult Alternative Songs, Rock Airplay, and Alternative Songs charts in the United States simultaneously, making it the first song ever to do so.

The Black Keys American rock band

The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.

Following a re-design of their website, Billboard officially incorporated the history of the Airplay Monitor/Neilsen chart from 1996 to 2008 into their Adult Alternative Songs chart. The Billboard website and its official chart archive now shows the first Adult Alternative Songs chart as having been published on January 20, 1996, with "The World I Know" by Collective Soul as its first number one single. [11]

The World I Know 1995 single by Collective Soul

"The World I Know" is a song by American band Collective Soul, originally released on their 1995 eponymous album. Written by lead singer and guitarist Ed Roland and guitarist Ross Childress, "The World I Know" peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart when released as a single and spent four weeks at the number-one spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In Canada, the song reached number one on the week of March 11, 1996, becoming the band's highest-charting single there. It also reached number 35 in New Zealand and number 41 in Australia.

Collective Soul American rock band

Collective Soul is an American rock band originally from Stockbridge, Georgia. Now based in Atlanta, the group consists of lead vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin, drummer Johnny Rabb and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett. Formed in 1992, Collective Soul released their Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid album on the independent label Rising Storm Records in 1993. The band went from obscurity to popularity that year after the song "Shine" became an underground hit based on radio play. The album was re-released in 1994 under major label Atlantic Records.

Chart achievements

U2 (13)
Coldplay (12)
Jack Johnson (9)
Dave Matthews Band (9)
Sheryl Crow (7)
Counting Crows (7)
R.E.M. (7)
16 weeks
"Beautiful Day" – U2 (2000–01) [13]
15 weeks
"Clocks" – Coldplay (2003) [13]
"Waste a Moment" – Kings of Leon (2016–17) [14] [15]
14 weeks
"One Headlight" – The Wallflowers (1996) [15]
"3AM" – Matchbox Twenty (1997) [15]
"Bent" – Matchbox Twenty (2000) [15]
"Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" – Train (2001) [15]
"Rolling in the Deep" – Adele (2011) [16]
13 weeks
"Just Breathe" – Pearl Jam (2010) [17]
"Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye featuring Kimbra (2012) [18]
"Upside Down" - Jack Johnson (2006) [19]
12 weeks
"Funny the Way It Is" – Dave Matthews Band (2009) [20]
"Dreams" – Beck (2015) [21]
11 weeks
"Viva la Vida" – Coldplay (2008) [22]
"You and Your Heart" – Jack Johnson (2010) [17]
"I Will Wait" – Mumford & Sons (2012) [18]
"Ophelia" – The Lumineers (2016) [14]
"Feel It Still" – Portugal. The Man (2017) [23]
10 weeks
"Good People" - Jack Johnson (2006)
"If I Had Eyes" – Jack Johnson (2008) [22]
"Fugitive" – David Gray (2010) [20]
"Fever" – The Black Keys (2014) [24]
"Budapest" – George Ezra (2014–15) [24] [21]
"Guiding Light" – Mumford & Sons (2018–19) [25]

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