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The ARC Weekly Top 40 is an American mainstream music chart. The chart was founded in 1980 and measures popular songs based on radio airplay and singles sales. The chart lists the most popular songs in ranking from number one to number forty.

Although an official United States chart, the ARC Weekly Top 40 has no relation to the main U.S. chart, the Billboard Hot 100 and its component charts, the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales. Since the chart is based on mainstream music, the songs that often reach number one on the ARC Weekly Top 40 do not necessarily reach the top on the Hot 100. The chart is actually more similar to Billboard's Pop 100, Pop 100 Airplay and Mainstream Top 40 charts. The weekly updated charts are assigned Saturday dates, and are posted publicly on the preceding Wednesday evening.

The first song to reach number one on the ARC Weekly Top 40 was "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes.

As of January 16, 2010, the current number-one song on the chart is "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga.

This week's Top 40


Notable ARC Weekly Top 40 records

For the chart achievements and trivia, see List of ARC Weekly Top 40 chart achievements and trivia.

Top artists of the past 25 years

In December 2004, to celebrate its first twenty-five years of existence, the ARC Weekly Top 40 calculated the results for its "Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years" (January 1980- December 2004). The calculations were based upon weeks at number one, number-one hits, top five hits, top ten hits, and top forty hits. The complete list is a Top 500 list.[1] The top 10 artists came out as follows (listed below are only weeks at number one and the artist's number-one hit total):

Rank Name Total weeks at number one Number of number-one hits
1 Madonna 64 24
2 Mariah Carey 60 18
3 Janet Jackson 41 18
4 Michael Jackson 34 14
5 Prince 20 11
6 Whitney Houston 31 14
7 Elton John 6 3
8 Daryl Hall & John Oates 14 6
9 Billy Joel 6 4
10 Celine Dion 21 6

Top 10 pop songs of the 1980s

This is the Top 10 pop songs of the 1980s. The complete list is a Top 100 list.[2]

  1. 1981: Diana Ross & Lionel Richie — "Endless Love"
  2. 1981: Kim Carnes — "Bette Davis Eyes"
  3. 1981: Olivia Newton-John — "Physical"
  4. 1983: The Police — "Every Breath You Take"
  5. 1983: Irene Cara — "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
  6. 1980: Blondie — "Call Me"
  7. 1981: Foreigner — "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
  8. 1982: The J. Geils Band — "Centerfold"
  9. 1982: Survivor — "Eye of the Tiger"
  10. 1983: Michael Jackson — "Billie Jean"

Top 10 pop songs of the 1990s

This is the Top 10 pop songs of the 1990s. The complete list is a Top 100 list.[3]

  1. 1996: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men — "One Sweet Day"
  2. 1993: Whitney Houston — "I Will Always Love You"
  3. 1992: Boyz II Men — "End of the Road"
  4. 1995: Madonna — "Take a Bow"
  5. 1995: Boyz II Men — "Water Runs Dry"
  6. 1996: Donna Lewis — "I Love You Always Forever"
  7. 1996: Los Del Rio — "Macarena"
  8. 1998: Céline Dion — "My Heart Will Go On"
  9. 1998: Aerosmith — "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
  10. 1995: Seal — "Kiss from a Rose"

Top 10 pop songs of the 2000s

This is the Top 10 pop songs of the 2000s. The complete list is a Top 100 list.[4]

  1. 2005: Mariah Carey — "We Belong Together"
  2. 2005: Kelly Clarkson — "Since U Been Gone"
  3. 2007: Fergie — "Big Girls Don't Cry"
  4. 2007: Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson — "The Way I Are"
  5. 2005: Kelly Clarkson — "Because of You"
  6. 2006: Nelly Furtado featuring "Timbaland — "Promiscuous"
  7. 2006: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean — "Hips Don't Lie"
  8. 2008: Flo Rida featuring T-Pain — "Low"
  9. 2008: Alicia Keys — "No One"
  10. 2009: The All-American Rejects — "Gives You Hell"

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Top pop artist of the year





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