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The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and 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] as well as year-end charts. [2] The charts may be dedicated to a 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 song chart, all three data are used to compile the charts. [3] For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales. [4]

Contents

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, follow the Monday-to-Sunday cycle (previously Wednesday-to-Tuesday). [5] The charts are released each Tuesday with an issue date the following Saturday.[ citation needed ]

History, methods and description

On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade. [6] The first Music Popularity Chart was calculated in July 1940. [7] A variety of song charts followed, which were eventually consolidated into the Hot 100 by mid-1958. [8] The Hot 100 currently combines singles sales, radio airplay, digital downloads, and streaming activity (including data from YouTube and other video sites). All of the Billboard charts use this basic formula. [9] Which stations and stores are used separates the charts; 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.[ citation needed ]

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. [10] They were followed by the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in 1991. [11] Today, all of the Billboard charts use this technology.[ citation needed ]

Originally, Billboard had separate charts for different measures of popularity, including disc jockey playings, juke box song selection, and best selling records in retail stores. The final accolade of a successful single was a position on the Honor Roll of Hits. The chart was introduced in the March 24, 1945, issue, ranking the most popular songs comprised by record and sheet sales, disk jockey, and jukebox performances as determined by Billboard's weekly nationwide survey. [12] The jukebox chart ceased publication after the June 17, 1957, issue, the disk jockey chart after the July 28, 1958, issue, the best-seller chart after the October 13, 1958, issue, and the Honor Roll of Hits after the November 16, 1963, issue. [13] A composite standing chart that combined these gradually grew to become a top 100, the predecessor to the current Hot 100 chart. The July 28, 1958, issue was the last to call the composite chart the "Top 100"; the following week began the "Hot 100." Billboard publishes many different charts, with the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 being the most famous. Billboard also has charts for these music styles: rock, country, dance, bluegrass, jazz, classical, R&B, rap, electronic, pop, Latin, Christian music, comedy albums, Catalog Album, and even ringtones for mobile (cell) phones. In 2009, Billboard partnered with MetroLyrics to offer top-10 lyrics for each of the charts.[ citation needed ]

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 and American Country Countdown radio broadcasts. [14] 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. [15]

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.[ citation needed ]

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 42), Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" (which hit number 9), OMC's "How Bizarre", Sugar Ray's "Fly", and No Doubt's "Don't Speak".[ citation needed ]

On June 25, 2015, Billboard made changes in its chart requirements. The official street date for all new album releases was moved from Tuesday to Friday 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 ran on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle. Radio Songs, which informs the Hot 100, synced to the Monday-to-Sunday period after formerly covering Wednesday to Tuesday. All other radio charts and genre tallies followed the Monday-to-Sunday cycle. The move was made to coincide with the IFPI's move to have all singles and albums released globally on Fridays. [5]

Incorporating digital platforms

Starting on February 12, 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. [16]

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 and AOL's streaming platforms. This change was made exclusively to the Billboard 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. [17]

In October 2012, Billboard significantly changed the methodology for their country, rock, Latin, and rap charts, when it 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. [18] This methodology was extended to their Christian and gospel charts in late 2013. [19] These methodology changes resulted in higher positions on the genre charts for songs with crossover appeal to other genres and radio formats (especially pop) at the expense of songs that appeal almost exclusively to core fans of the given genre, which was controversial with those devotees. [20]

On February 20, 2013, Billboard announced another change in the methodology for its charts that incorporated YouTube video streaming data into the determination of ranking positions on streaming charts. The incorporation of YouTube streaming data enhanced a formula that includes on-demand audio streaming and online radio streaming. The YouTube video streams that used in this methodology are official video streams, Vevo on YouTube streams, and user-generated clips that use authorized audio. Billboard said this change was made to further reflect the divergent platforms of music consumption in today's world. [21]

Songs

All-genre

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Billboard Hot 100 sales +
airplay +
streaming
100
  • The US music industry standard song popularity chart
Bubbling Under Hot 100 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
Radio Songs 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
  • Formerly called Top 40 Radio Monitor (1986–1991) and Hot 100 Airplay (1991–2014)
Digital Song Sales digital sales50
  • Ranks top-selling digital song sales
  • Combines different versions of songs for a summarized figure
  • One of the component charts of the Hot 100
Streaming Songs streaming50
  • Ranks top-streaming songs
  • Combines different versions of songs for a summarized figure
  • One of the component charts of the Hot 100

Adult/Pop

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Mainstream Top 40 (also Pop Songs)airplay (spins)40Measures 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)40Measures airplay spins on 90 hot adult contemporary stations
Adult Contemporary 30Measures airplay spins on 85 adult contemporary stations

Christian

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Hot Christian Songs Sales, streaming, all format airplay50Combines sales, airplay from all radio formats, and streaming data
Christian Digital SongsDigital downloads50Top-downloaded Christian songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan
Christian Airplay Airplay (audience)50Audience impressions from Christian AC, Hot AC/CHR, Soft AC, and Christian Rock stations
Christian AC AirplayAirplay (spins)30Measures airplay spins on Christian adult contemporary stations
Hot Gospel SongsSales, streaming, allformat airplay30
Gospel AirplayRadio (airplay)
Gospel Digital Song SalesDigital salesTop-downloaded Gospel songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Gospel Streaming SongsStreamingTop-streamed Gospel songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Country

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Hot Country Songs sales + all format airplay + streaming50Combines sales, airplay from all radio formats and streaming data
Country Airplay airplay (audience)60Measures airplay audience impression on 128 country music stations
Country Digital Songsdigital sales50Top-downloaded country songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Country Streaming Songsstreaming50Most streamed country songs.

Dance/Electronic

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Dance Club Songs reports from DJs50
  • Compiled exclusively from playlists submitted by nightclub disc jockeys, who must apply and meet certain criteria to become Billboard-reporting DJs.
Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Continuous airplay, single sales, digital downloads, online streaming50
  • A chart which uses the same methodology as the Hot 100, which tracks the top dance/electronic songs based on 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.
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 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 Song Sales digital sales50
  • 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 Streaming Songsstreaming25
  • A chart that tracks the week's top Dance/Electronic streamed radio songs and on-demand songs and videos on leading online music services.

Holiday

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Holiday 100Sales, streaming and airplay100Combines sales, airplay and streaming data. Only in November to December.
Holiday Digital Song SalesDigital downloads50Top-downloaded Holiday songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Holiday Streaming SongsStreaming50Most streamed Holiday songs. Only in November to December.
Holiday AirplayAirplay (audience)50Audience impressions from all radio stations. Only in November to December.

Internet charts

Chart titleNumber of
positions
Description
Social 5050A ranking of the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. Artists' popularity is determined by a formula blending their weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and weekly song plays, as measured by Next Big Sound.
Real Time - Hot Trending Songs 50Most-discussed songs on Twitter updated live.
Weekly - Hot Trending Songs50Most-discussed songs on Twitter updated weekly.
Top Triller Global20Most popular songs worldwide on the app Triller.
Top Triller U.S.20Most popular songs in the United States on the app Triller.
LyricFind Global25Most-searched songs on LyricFind.
LyricFind U.S.25Most-searched songs on LyricFind.

Jazz

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Smooth Jazz Airplayairplay (spins)30Measures airplay spins on 14 smooth jazz stations

Latin

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Hot Latin Songs Sales + airplay + streaming50Ranks the top fifty Spanish-language singles in the American music market. It was established as an airplay-only chart by Billboard in 1986. As of October 11, 2012, the chart is based on airplay across all formats, digital downloads, and streaming of Latin songs. Only predominately Spanish-language songs are eligible to rank on the chart.
Latin AirplayAirplay (spins)50Ranks the most played songs on Latin radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico regardless of genre or language.
Latin Digital Song SalesDigital sales50Ranks the best-selling Spanish-language from digital music retailers as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Latin Pop Airplay Airplay (audience)25Ranks the most-listened to Spanish-language pop songs on Latin music radio stations. It was established in 1994, initially measuring airplay of songs being played on Latin pop radio stations.
Regional Mexican Airplay Airplay (spins)40Ranks the most performed song on Regional Mexican radio stations in the United States. It includes musical styles originating from Mexico as well as the Mexican-American community in the US such as Tejano. This chart is based on airplay from 65 regional Mexican radio stations compiled using information tracked by from BDS. It was established in 1994.
Tropical Airplay Airplay (audience)25Ranks the most-listened to Spanish-language tropical music songs on 140 Latin music radio stations. It was established by the magazine in 1994, initially measuring airplay of songs played by a small panel of tropical music radio stations.
Latin Rhythm Airplay Airplay (audience)25Ranks the most-listened to Spanish-language Latin rhythm songs. Latin rhythm is a music radio format that includes Spanish-language urban genres such as Latin hip hop and reggaeton. Established in 2005, it initially measured airplay of songs being played on 15 Latin rhythm radio stations.
Latin Streaming SongsStreamingRanks play of Spanish-language streamed radio songs and on-demand songs and music videos on leading online music services.

R&B/Hip-Hop

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs airplay + sales + streaming50 [upper-alpha 1] Ranks the most popular by combining airplay from all formats of radio stations, digital download sales, streaming data and YouTube views of R&B and hip-hop songs.
R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay airplay (audience)50Measures airplay based on audience impressions from various R&B/hip-hop stations. Component of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Salesdigital salesTop-downloaded R&B and hip-hop songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming SongsstreamingTop-streamed R&B and hip-hop songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay airplay (spins)40Ranks songs by combining airplay base on radio plays (spins) from 76 R&B/hip-hop stations. Component of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
Adult R&B Airplay. airplay (spins)30Measures airplay from 65 Urban AC radio stations. Component of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
Rhythmic Airplay airplay (spins)40Measures 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 + streaming25Ranks the top 25 hip-hop/rap songs by combining airplay from all formats of radio stations, digital download sales, streaming data and YouTube views of rap songs.
Rap Airplayairplay (spins)25Ranks the top 25 hip-hop/rap songs by airplay spins from R&B/hip-hop and rhythmic radio stations. Component of Hot Rap Songs chart.
Rap Digital Song Salesdigital salesTop-downloaded rap songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Hot Rap Songs chart.
Rap Streaming SongsstreamingTop-streamed rap songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Hot Rap Songs chart.
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrentsairplay (spins)20Ranks 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 Airplayairplay (spins)20Ranks 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.
Hot R&B Songs airplay + sales + streaming25Ranks 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.
R&B Digital Song Salesdigital salesTop-downloaded R&B songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Hot R&B Songs chart.
R&B Streaming SongsstreamingTop-streamed R&B songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Component of Hot R&B Songs chart.

Rock/Alternative

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Sales, airplay,
and streaming
50Ranks the top rock and alternative songs across all formats, based on radio airplay, sales data, and streaming activity
Rock & Alternative AirplayAirplay (audience)50Airplay audience impressions on mainstream rock, alternative, and Triple A radio stations
Rock Digital Song SalesDigital sales50Top-downloaded rock songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan
Rock Streaming Songsstreaming25Top-streamed rock songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Hot Alternative SongsSales, airplay,
and streaming
25Ranks the top alternative songs based on radio airplay across all formats, sales data, and streaming activity
Alternative Airplay Airplay (spins)40Measures airplay spins on 50 alternative/modern rock stations
Alternative Digital Song SalesDigital sales25Top-downloaded songs classified as alternative (or a combination of alternative and another genre), ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Alternative Streaming Songsstreaming25Top-streamed songs classified as alternative, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Mainstream Rock Airplay Airplay (spins)40Measures airplay spins on 77 mainstream rock radio stations encompassing active rock and heritage rock
Adult Alternative Airplay (Triple A Airplay)40Measures airplay spins on 24 adult album alternative radio stations
Hot Hard Rock SongsSales, airplay,
and streaming
25Ranks the top hard rock songs based on radio airplay across all formats, sales data, and streaming activity
Hard Rock Digital Song SalesDigital sales25Top-downloaded songs classified as hard rock, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Hard Rock Streaming Songsstreaming25Top-streamed songs classified as hard rock, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

World music

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
U.S. Afrobeats Songs streamingTop US-streamed Afrobeats songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
World Digital Song Sales digital salesRanks the best-selling world music / foreign-language digital singles in the United States.

International charts

Canadian charts

Chart titleChart typeNumber of
positions
Description
Canadian Hot 100 airplay + sales + streaming [22] 100
  • Canadian music industry standard singles popularity chart
Emerging Canadian Artistairplay + sales + streaming30
  • Ranks most popular songs by emerging Canadian artists
  • Artists are considered emerging until 12 months after the date their first Canadian Hot 100 charting entry reaches the top 40.
  • No recurrent chart
Digital Song Salesdigital sales75
  • 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 Airplayairplay (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 Airplayairplay (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 Airplay50
  • Measures radio airplay spins on 25 CHR radio stations
AC Airplay50
  • Measures radio airplay spins on 28 AC radio stations
Hot AC Airplay50
  • Measures radio airplay spins on 24 Hot AC radio stations
Country Airplay 50
  • Measures radio airplay spins on 31 country radio stations
Rock Airplay50
  • Measures radio airplay spins on 29 rock radio stations

Other international charts

Chart titleDescription
Argentina Hot 100 Ranks the top 100 singles in Argentina based on airplay, digital downloads, and streaming.
Billboard Global 200 [23] Ranks the top songs based on sales and streaming data from more than 200 territories worldwide.
Billboard Global Excl. U.S. [23] Ranks the top songs based on sales and streaming data from territories outside the United States.
Hits of the World Ranks the top 25 songs in more than 40 countries.
Japan Hot 100 Ranks the best-selling singles and tracks in Japan.
Mexican Airplay Ranks the most listened singles in Mexico.
Mexico Espanol Airplay Ranks the most listened singles in Spanish-language in Mexico.
Mexico Ingles Airplay Ranks the most listened singles in English-language in Mexico.
Portugal Songs [24] Ranks the top 25 songs from sales activity and streaming in Portugal.
Vietnam Hot 100 Ranks the top 100 singles in Vietnam based on digital downloads and streaming.
Vietnam Top Vietnamese Songs Ranks the top 100 singles in Vietnam by Vietnamese artists based on digital downloads and streaming.

Albums

Chart titleDescription
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 Sales 100
  • A pure album sales chart.
Top Current Album Sales100
  • The same chart as Top Album Sales, with catalog titles removed
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.
Tastemakers
  • Ranked albums based on "an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains." [25]
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.
Independent Albums 50
Top Rock Albums 50
  • Ranks the most popular rock albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music.
  • Based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums)
Top Rock & Alternative Albums 50
  • Ranks the most popular rock and alternative albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music.
  • Based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums)
Top Alternative Albums 25
  • Ranks the most popular alternative albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music.
  • Based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums)
Top Hard Rock Albums 25
  • Ranks the most popular hard rock albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music.
  • Based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums)
Americana/Folk Albums 25
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 50
Rap Albums 25
R&B Albums25
  • 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. [26]
Top Country Albums 50
Bluegrass Albums 15
Top Latin Albums 50
  • 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 20
Latin Pop Albums 20
Tropical Albums 20
Latin Rhythm Albums 15
Top Classical Albums
Traditional Classical Albums
Classical Crossover Albums
Christian Albums 50
Gospel Albums 40
Jazz Albums 35
Traditional Jazz Albums15
Contemporary Jazz Albums15
  • Debuted on February 28, 1987 with 25 positions. [27]
Dance/Electronic Albums 25
Blues Albums 15
Cast Albums
Comedy Albums 10
Compilation Albums20
Holiday Albums 50
Kid Albums15
New Age Albums10
Reggae Albums 10
Soundtracks 30
Vinyl Albums 25
World Albums15
  • Debuted on May 19, 1990. [28]
  • Ranks biggest-selling world music albums, including catalog titles.
Canadian Albums 100

Video

Chart titleNumber of
positions
Description
Music Video Sales100
  • Industry standard, includes video albums from any genre. [29]

Discontinued charts

Chart titleDiscontinuation
date
Description
Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles
  • Ranks the top 15 songs below #50 that have not previously appeared on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Comprehensive Music Video2012 (?)
  • Ranked the best-selling music DVDs, including those not in full retail distribution
Country Singles Sales2005
  • Ranked the best-selling commercial country singles
Best Seller in StoresOctober 13, 1958
  • Ranked records in order of national selling importance at the retail level. [30]
  • Three charts: Popular Records, Rhythm & Blues Records, Country & Western Records
Brasil Hot 100 Airplay 2019
  • Ranked the most listened singles and tracks in Brazil.
  • Discontinued in January 2019, after weeks without publishing on the site. Subsequently, it announced the end of Billboard Brazil (which had previously stopped publishing the magazine in print). [31] The chart continued to be published by Crowley Broadcast Analysis, which already launched Crowley Charts in 2018 and released the chart with the name Top 100 Brazil. [32]
China Top 100 2019
  • Ranked the best-selling local singles in China.
Euro Digital Song SalesFebruary 12, 2022
  • Ranked the best-selling digital singles and tracks in Europe.
Euro Digital TracksNovember 29, 2014
  • Ranked the best-selling digital tracks in Europe
European Hot 100 Singles December 11, 2010
  • Ranked the best-selling singles in Europe by combining sales from various countries in Europe.
Global Dance TracksJune 29, 2013
  • A weekly international survey of the songs that were popular in dance clubs globally.
Heatseekers Songs December 6, 2014
  • Ranked songs from new artists/bands that have never attained the top 50 of the Hot 100.
  • If a song reached the top 50, it and any of the artist's/band's subsequent singles were ineligible for the chart.
Hot Crossover 30 December 8, 1990
Hot Digital Tracks
  • Ranked digital song sales with different versions of songs listed
  • No recurrent chart
Hot Singles Sales November 21, 2017
  • Measures sales of commercial physical singles
  • One of the component charts of the Hot 100
  • No recurrent chart
Honor Roll of Hits [12] November 16, 1963 [13]
  • Comprised the nation's top tunes according to record sales and disk jockey performances as determined by Billboard's weekly nationwide survey. [34]
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 and CD maxi single format. In recent years, singles only released in the CD single format have apparently been counted too.
Indonesia Top 100 2020
  • Ranked the top 100 singles in Indonesia based on digital downloads, airplay, streaming, and karaoke play.
Luxembourg Digital Song Sales2020
  • Ranked the most downloaded songs digitally in the country of Luxembourg for the week
Most Played by JockeysJuly 28, 1958
  • Ranked records in order of the greatest number of plays on disk jockey radio shows throughout the country. [30]
  • Three charts: Popular Records, Rhythm & Blues Records, Country & Western Records
Most Played in Juke BoxesJune 17, 1957
  • Ranked records in order of the greatest number of plays nationally in juke boxes. [30]
  • Three charts: Popular Records, Rhythm & Blues Records, Country & Western Records
Philippine Hot 100 January 15, 2018
  • Ranked the best-performing songs in the Philippines.
Philippine Top 20
  • Ranked the best-performing local songs in the Philippines.
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 chart
Pop 100 Airplay
  • Measured airplay on pop music radio
  • One of three component charts of the Pop 100
Hot Ringtones
Hot RingMasters
  • Ranks weekly sales of master ringtones for mobile phones.
Hot Videoclips
  • Ranks top 25 most popular music videos according to digital sales and TV play on shows such as TRL and 106 & Park
Spotify Velocity
Viral 50

&Ranks top-streaming independent songs on Spotify [37]

Spotify Rewind
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
Pop Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded pop songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Jazz Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded jazz songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Classical Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded classical songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
New Age Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded new age songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Blues Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded blues songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Reggae Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded reggae songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Kid Digital Song SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded children's songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Comedy Digital Track SalesJanuary 2020Top-downloaded comedy songs, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Digital Albums2019
Top Internet Albums
  • Ranks physical albums ordered through Internet merchants.
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)
Country Catalog Albums
Classical Budget/Midline Albums
Dance/Electronic Album Sales
  • Similar to Dance/Electronic Albums, but more focused on core Dance/Electronic artists
R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums
Christian Streaming Songs
  • Most streamed Christian songs
Christian Hot AC/CHR
Christian Soft AC

& Measures airplay spins on Christian Soft ACstations

Christian Rock
  • Measures airplay spins on Christian rock stations
Christian AC Indicator
Switzerland Digital Song SalesFebruary 2022Ranks the best-selling digital singles and tracks in Switzerland.
K-Pop 100 April 2022Ranks the best-selling singles in South Korea.

Notes

  1. 100 positions prior to October 2012.

Other charts

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 and iLike. [38]

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." [39] The ranking is based on the views and fans on social networking websites like Myspace and Facebook. It has since been discontinued.[ citation needed ]

In May 2014, after the Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart was discontinued in the U.S., the Billboard K-Town column continued to provide chart information for K-pop artists on all Billboard charts. [40] [41]

The Artist 100 debuted in July 2014.[ citation needed ]

In June 2019, Billboard launched the Top Songwriters Chart and the Top Producers Chart, based on weekly activity on the Hot 100 and other "Hot" genre charts. [42]

In October 2021, Billboard launched the Hot Trending Songs charts, utilising real-time music-related trends and conversations on Twitter. [43]

See also

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