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Hot Dance Airplay is a monitored electronic dance music radio chart that is featured weekly in Billboard magazine. The chart came about as a result of the small but influential impact of electronic dance music on the radio in the United States and the stations that program it.



The chart made its debut on October 17, 2003, with "Just the Way You Are" by Milky being the first number-one song, even though it had been number one for three weeks, having topped it the week ending September 28[1]. The reason for this is because the chart was unpublished for the first ten weeks of its existence, which means that its official issue start date was August 17, when the actual first number-one was "Never (Past Tense)" by Roc Project featuring Tina Arena.

The current number-one for the issue dated March 27, 2010, is "Love Keeps Calling" by AnnaGrace.[2]

Chart criteria

There are twenty-five positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. Hot Dance Airplay is a component chart of the Billboard Hot 100. Five radio stations are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by a calculation of the total number of spins per week with its "audience impression", which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Arbitron listener data.

Songs receiving the greatest growth will receive a "bullet", although there are tracks that will also get bullets if the loss in detections doesn't exceed the percentage of downtime from a monitored station. "Airpower" awards are issued to songs that appear on the top 20 of both the airplay and audience chart for the first time, while the "greatest gainer" award is given to song with the largest increase in detections. A song with six or more spins in its first week is awarded an "airplay add". If a song is tied for the most spins in the same week, the one with the biggest increase that previous week will rank higher, but if both songs show the same amount of spins regardless of detection the song that is being played at more stations is ranked higher. Songs that fall below the top 15 and have been on the chart after 26 weeks are removed and go to recurrent status.

Chart statistics and other facts

  • Artists with the most number-one Hot Dance Airplay hits:
1. Madonna - 7
2. Rihanna - 6
3. Justin Timberlake - 4 (tie)
3. David Guetta - 4 (tie)
4. AnnaGrace - 3 (tie)
4. Beyoncé - 3 (tie)
4. Mariah Carey - 3 (tie)
4. Cascada - 3 (tie)
4. Kim Sozzi - 3 (tie)
  • Madonna has accumulated the most chart-toppers, as her first seven singles have all reached number one, making her the only artist on this chart to accomplish this feat. Madonna also has the most number-ones from one album, all four singles from Confessions on a Dance Floor topped the chart. In addition, Madonna was also named the number-one Dance Airplay artist for the decade (2003-2009) in Billboard's Decade-end recap in 2009.
  • Both Justin Timberlake and David Guetta are tied for having the most number ones on this chart as male artists, with four a piece. However, Guetta, due to being a producer and DJ/remixer, also has the most number ones with singles that feature guest vocalists that perform on his songs.
  • David Guetta featuring Akon's "Sexy Chick" holds the record for being the first number one single to return to the top spot three times in its chart run in 2009. Its two interruptions came from "I Will Be Here" by Tiësto featuring Sneaky Sound System for two weeks and from "Kiss Me Back" by Kim Sozzi for one week.
  • Cascada and AnnaGrace are tied with having the most number-ones among duos or groups on this chart, with 3. However, AnnaGrace are the only duo or group to score consectutive number ones on this chart.
  • Lady Gaga holds the record of having the most firsts on this chart. In 2009, she became the first artist to spend the most consecutive weeks at number one, 15 (as of the May 16, 2009 issue), with "Poker Face." Lady Gaga also displaced Deborah Cox with having the record for the most weeks at number one by four weeks, when Cox charted with her cover of Phil Collins' "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" in 2003-2004, where it spent 11 weeks. Gaga's first single "Just Dance" also holds the record for the longest run on the chart without reaching number one, 44 weeks, as of March 21, 2009. The single peaked at number 2 in August 2008. And in 2010 became the first artist to see a number one single endure the biggest drop on the chart in one week when "Bad Romance" fell from 1st in the February 27 issue to 13th in the March 3 issue.
  • "Let Me Think About It", by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand has the longest chart run, spending 52 weeks on the chart, as of November 8, 2008. It also became the first imported single to reach number one, also in 2008. In 2009, the track was named the number one single of the decade in Billboard's Decade-end recap of the top 50 Dance Airplay songs from 2003 to 2009.
  • As of the May 2, 2009 issue, "Every Word" by Ercola featuring Daniela spent most of 46 week run in the top 10 without dropping below number 10.
  • Despina Vandi's 2004 hit "Gia" was the chart's first foreign-language recording to reach number one.
  • Kelly Osbourne's single "One Word" holds the distinction of being the first song to claim the number one spot on the Hot Dance Airplay, Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Single Sales charts in the same week. The feat was accomplished on June 18, 2005.
  • In 2007 Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd's "Proper Education (The Wall)" became the first number-one single on this chart to feature a remixed recording of a original song, as the track was based on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2."
  • Natasja Saad was the first artist to reach the top spot posthumously, as her collaboration with Enur, "Calabria", reached number one on January 22, 2008.
  • Filo & Peri featuring Eric Lumiere's "Anthem" was the first trance recording by an American act in this genre, to reach the number one position on February 16, 2008..
  • Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland are the only artists on this chart to reach number one as members of a group (Destiny's Child) and as solo artists.
  • Kim Sozzi's 2008 number-one single "Feel Your Love" was the first single on this chart to be named the top song of the year before the year had started, as it was named the number one single of 2009. The track reached number one in December 2008 but continued its 45-week chart run in 2009. Because of Billboard's requirements for songs that had charted from December of the previous year to November of the following year, "Feel Your Love" became eligible in this case.
  • In 2010, both Inna and Kesha became the first artists on this chart to swap each others' number-one chart positions with debut singles, with Inna's "Hot succeeding Kesha's "Tik Tok" and then having the latter returned the favor to the former.

Hot Dance Airplay radio panel

There are five reporters who make up this panel (as of September 26, 2009), according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, all of them part of the Top 40 panel:


See also

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