Adult Top 40
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Adult Top 40 (formerly known as Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks and called Adult Pop Songs on Billboard.com) is a variation on the United States Billboard charts. The chart tracks "the week's most popular adult top 40 songs, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS." It is a format in which the genre is geared more towards an adult audience who are not into hard rock, teen pop, dance music, hip hop, or adult contemporary fare. Though on Billboard.com it is titled "Adult Pop Songs", on the formal Billboard.biz as well as in Billboard magazine, it is referred to as "Adult Top 40".
The origins of the Adult Top 40 chart can be traced back to the late 1980s, when several Top 40 stations decided to focus on playing artists in an effort to attract the more desired 25-34 demographic. In 1994, the Adult Top 40 became an official format after years of growth and support from both stations and artists. Most Adult Top 40 stations feature a playlist that include artists such as Lifehouse, Matchbox Twenty, Train, Nickelback, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Daughtry, Maroon 5, Pink, John Mayer, The Fray, No Doubt, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Natasha Bedingfield, Jewel, Katy Perry and 3 Doors Down. Its programming is often compared to the musical playlist of the VH1 Channel (as its programming as seen often as a midway point between Top 40 Mainstream and The Adult Contemporary charts). Many Adult Top 40 stations today are a crossover of Hot AC and Top 40 formats, though it's officially classified as a Hot AC format.
The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty are the only groups to have three number-one songs on the Adult Pop Songs chart. Daughtry, Train, and Maroon 5 are tied for second most number ones on the chart, all with four. Katy Perry, P!nk and Nickelback hold the record for the most, each with five.
Sheryl Crow, is the artist with the most placed singles in this chart with 19 to date.
Billboard first published an Adult Top 40 chart in its October 7, 1995 issue. The first number-one song was "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal. The song to spend the most weeks at number one was "Smooth" by Santana (featuring Rob Thomas), which spent 25 weeks at number one in 1999 and 2000.