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Adult album alternative (also triple-A, AAA, or adult alternative) is a radio format broadcast mostly on FM. A spinoff from the album-oriented rock format, its roots may have been established in the 1960s from what was called freeform and later progressive. The radio format has a broader, more diverse playlist than most other formats and tends to appeal more to adults than to teenagers. Less-played tracks are also common. Musical selection tends to be on the fringe of mainstream pop and rock as well as many other music genres such as indie rock, alternative rock, alternative country, jazz, folk, world music and blues. The musical selections tend to shy away from hard rock and rap music. Some Triple-A stations bill themselves under overused slogans such as "World Class Rock," "Quality Rock," or "Finest Rock." Music selection also includes tracks from albums that are not singles, which leads to the enhanced and larger playlist.

Many stations are now focused on playing new music from late seventies and eighties, calling it classic alternative. The soundtrack to the video age has become the newest movement in the adult alternative, bringing up new wave, as well as classic album tracks mixed in with today's current songs. Most of the songs seem to be aimed at a female audience, which were not played much in the last few years. The style gained significant exposure for artists who were ambitious, intellectual, and/or idiosyncratic, yet still accessible enough to meet the requirements of mainstream radio programmers who wanted more sophisticated music that wasn't loud, overly disturbing, or too black.

Triple-A songs sometimes do manage to chart on the Adult Top 40, modern rock, or an adult contemporary chart, since they may be the first to play a first breakout on AAA. Additionally, Radio and Records, a news magazine devoted to radio and the music industry, charts stations in various formats including Triple-A. Its sister publication Billboard also began a Triple-A chart using Radio and Records' information on July 10, 2008. Rival Mediabase 24/7 also does a Triple-A chart. As of mid-2009, Radio and Records publications were discontinued along with the accompanying charts. As of late 2009, Billboard does not publish Triple A Charts on its website, leaving the only major industry publication to publish these Charts to Mediabase.


Radio stations


United States

Terrestrial radio

Internet radio

Satellite radio

National Radio Programs

  • The syndicated program World Cafe, carried on non-commercial radio stations across the U.S., airs a triple-A format.
  • The syndicated program UnderCurrents, carried on non-commercial radio stations across the U.S., airs a triple-A format.
  • The syndicated program Classic Artists Today, carried on Non-commercial/Commercial/Internet radio stations across the U.S., airs a triple-A format.


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