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Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks (formerly known as Adult Top 40 and called Adult Pop Songs on 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 slower adult contemporary fare. Though on it is titled "Adult Pop Songs", on the formal as well as in Billboard magazine it is referred to as "Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks".[1]



The origins of the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 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 Matchbox Twenty, Nickelback, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Daughtry, Maroon 5, P!nk, The Fray, No Doubt, The All-American Rejects, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Jewel, 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 bands to have three number-one songs on the Adult Pop Songs chart. Daughtry has four number-one hits and Nickelback holds the record for the most, with five.

Madonna, is the artist with the most placed singles in this chart with 17 to date.

The female artist with the most number ones is P!nk with three, and she is also the only artist to have three straight number ones.

Billboard first published an Adult Top 40 chart in its March 2, 1996 issue. The first number-one song was "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. 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.

As of the week ending January 9, 2010, the chart's current number-one song is "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson.


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