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The Dance Club Songs chart is a weekly chart published exclusively by Billboard in the United States. It is a national survey of the songs which are the most popular in nightclubs across the country and is compiled from reports from a national sample of disc jockeys.<ref>"Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 11, 2017. </ref> It was launched as the Disco Action Top 30 chart on August 28, 1976, and became the first chart by Billboard to document the popularity of dance music.<ref name="History 1">Murray, Gordon (December 1, 2016). "Greatest of All Time: 40 Years, 40 Highlights from Billboard's Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 1, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017. </ref> Since its inception, several artists have set various records and garnered multiple achievements. In January 2017, Billboard proclaimed Madonna as the most successful artist in the history of the chart, ranking her first in their list of the 100 top all time dance artists;<ref name="Top 100 Artist"/> she also holds the record for the most number-one songs, with 46.<ref name="Swish Swish Article">Murray, Gordon (July 13, 2017). "Another One in the Basket: Katy Perry Nets 18th Club No. 1 With 'Swish Swish'". Billboard. Retrieved April 11, 2017. </ref> Katy Perry holds the record for having eighteen consecutive number-one songs, an unbroken streak.<ref name="Swish Swish Article"/> Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010), became the first album in the history of the chart to produce at least seven number-one songs between 2010-12, a record it held solely until Rihanna's eighth studio album Anti also produced seven chart toppers through 2016-17.<ref name="Teenage Dream record 7 number ones"/><ref name="Anti Desperado Oct 17">Murray, Gordon (October 5, 2017). "Rihanna First to Five No. 1s in One Year on Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2017. </ref> Rihanna is the only artist to have achieved five number-one songs in a calendar year.<ref name="Anti Desperado Oct 17"/>

The first number-one song on the Dance Club Songs chart for the issue dated August 28, 1976, was "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees; it spent five weeks atop the chart and was the group's only number-one song.<ref name="History 1"/> The current number-one song on the Dance Club Songs chart for the issue dated February 3, 2018, is "Too Much to Ask" by Niall Horan.<ref name="US Dance current number one">"Dance Club Songs – February 3, 2018". Billboard. January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018. </ref>

History

Dance Club Songs has undergone several incarnations since its inception in 1974. Originally a top-ten list of tracks that garnered the largest audience response in New York City discothèques, the chart began on October 26, 1974 under the title Disco Action. The chart went on to feature playlists from various cities around the country from week to week. Billboard continued to run regional and city-specific charts throughout 1975 and 1976 until the issue dated August 28, 1976, when a thirty-position National Disco Action Top 30 premiered. This quickly expanded to forty positions, then in 1979 the chart expanded to sixty positions, then eighty, and eventually reached 100 positions from 1979 until 1981, when it was reduced to eighty again.<ref name="Billboard Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003">Whitburn, Joel (2004). Billboard Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003. Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-156-X. </ref>

During the first half of the 1980s the chart maintained eighty slots until March 16, 1985 when the Disco charts were splintered and renamed. Two charts appeared: Hot Dance/Disco, which ranked club play (fifty positions), and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, which ranked 12-inch single (or maxi-single) sales (also fifty positions, now reduced to ten and available through Billboard.biz only).

Only Hot Dance Club Songs still exists today.<ref>Billboard.com - Charts - Singles - Hot Dance Singles Sales</ref> In 2003 Billboard introduced the Hot Dance Airplay chart (now known as Dance/Mix Show Airplay), which is based solely on radio airplay of six dance music stations and top 40 mix shows electronically monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.<ref>Billboard.com - Charts - Singles - Hot Dance Airplay</ref> These stations are also a part of the electronically monitored panel that encompasses the Hot 100.

On January 26, 2013, Billboard added a new chart, Dance/Electronic Songs, which tracks the 50 most popular Dance and Electronic singles and tracks based on digital single sales, streaming, radio airplay, and club play as reported on the component Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, and Dance Club Songs charts. Radio airplay is not limited to that counted on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart.<ref>New Dance/Electronic Songs Chart Launches With Will.i.am & Britney at No. 1 from Billboard (January 17, 2013)</ref>

Statistics and Record World data

Although the disco chart began reporting popular songs in New York City nightclubs, Billboard soon expanded coverage to feature multiple charts each week which highlighted playlists in various cities such as San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Detroit and Houston (among others). During this time, Billboard rival publication Record World was the first to compile a dance chart which incorporated club play on a national level. Noted Billboard statistician Joel Whitburn has since "adopted" Record Worlds chart data from the weeks between March 29, 1975 and August 21, 1976 into Billboards club play history. For the sake of continuity, Record Worlds national chart is incorporated into both Whitburn's Dance/Disco publication (via his Record Research company) as well as the 1975 and 1976 number-ones lists.<ref name="Billboard Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003"/>

With the issue dated August 28, 1976, Billboard premiered its own national chart (National Disco Action Top 30) and their data is used from this date forward.<ref name="Billboard Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003"/>

Artist achievements

Top 10 artists of All-Time (1976–2016)

For the full list of all 100 All Time Top Dance Club Artists, click here.
Rank Artist name Ref.
1 Madonna <ref name="Top 100 Artist">"Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists". Billboard. Retrieved January 12, 2017. </ref>
2 Janet Jackson
3 Rihanna
4 Beyoncé
5 Pet Shop Boys
6 Donna Summer
7 Mariah Carey
8 Kristine W
9 Jennifer Lopez
10 Depeche Mode

Most number-ones

For a detailed list of each of the following artists number-one songs, see Artists with the most number-ones on the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart.
A blond woman wearing a white shirt and black necktie.
Madonna holds the record for the most number-ones since its inception with 46, and as of 2017 is the only living and active artist to have charted continuously since 1982.<ref name="madonna">"Madonna Makes History With 45th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2015. </ref> "Holiday"/"Lucky Star" (1983) marked her first number-one on the chart, with "Bitch I'm Madonna" (2015) being her most recent.<ref name="Bitch I'm Madonna">"Madonna Scores 46th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015. </ref>
Fourteen number-ones or more
Position Artist name Tally of number-ones Ref.
1 Madonna 46 <ref name="Anti Desperado Oct 17"/><ref name="Wild Thoughts Dance Club">Murray, Gordon (August 18, 2017). "DJ Khaled Crowns Dance Club Songs for First Time With 'Wild Thoughts'". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2017. </ref><ref name="Swish Swish Article"/>
2 Rihanna 32
3 Beyoncé 22
4 Janet Jackson 19
5 Katy Perry 18
6 Mariah Carey 17 (tie)
Kristine W
8 Jennifer Lopez 16
9 Donna Summer 15
10 Lady Gaga 14 (tie)
Enrique Iglesias
Dave Audé
Pitbull

Most consecutive number-ones

Katy Perry looking straight and smiling.
Katy Perry holds the record the most consecutive number-one songs with 18. "Waking Up in Vegas" (2009) marked her first in the streak with "Swish Swish" (featuring Nicki Minaj) (2017) concluding her run.<ref name="Swish Swish Article"/>
Number of songs Artist name First hit and date Last hit and date Streak breaking song and date
18 Katy Perry "Waking Up in Vegas"<ref name="Teenage Dream record 7 number ones">Trust, Gary (December 26, 2011). "Katy Perry Notches Record Seventh No. 'One' From 'Teenage Dream' On Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2014. </ref>
(August 22, 2009)
"Swish Swish"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
(July 22, 2017)
Unbroken streak<ref name="Swish Swish Article"/>
11 Jennifer Lopez "Qué Hiciste"<ref name="J Lo Consec">Trust, Gary (October 14, 2013). "Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, Drake, Bastille Score New No. 1s". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
(June 23, 2007)
"Live It Up"<ref name="J Lo Consec"/>
(July 20, 2013)
"I Luh Ya Papi"
(featuring French Montana)<ref>"Hot Dance Club Songs – June 28, 2014". Billboard. June 28, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref><ref>Murray, Gordon (October 17, 2013). "Diplo, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga Debut On Dance Charts". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2015. </ref>
(#5, June 28, 2014)
9 Kristine W "Feel What You Want"<ref name="Feel What You Want">"Hot Dance Club Songs - July 23, 1994". Billboard. July 23, 1994. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
(July 23, 1994)
"The Wonder of It All"<ref name="The Wonder of It All">"Hot Dance Club Songs - January 22, 2005". Billboard. January 22, 2005. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
(January 2, 2005)
"I'll Be Your Light"<ref name="Kristine Interview">Trust, Gary (March 2, 2010). "The Power Of Kristine W". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref><ref name="Ill be Your Light">"Hot Dance Club Songs - February 26, 2006". Billboard. February 26, 2006. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
(#2, February 26, 2006)
Beyoncé "Diva"<ref name="Beyonce Crazy in Love to Video Phone">Trust, Gary (April 28, 2010). "Chart Beat Wednesday: Diva Domination". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
(March 28, 2009)
"Countdown"<ref name="Run the World through Countdown">Following "Video Phone", "Run the World Girls", "Best Thing I Never Had" and "Countdown" reached number-one: "End of Time"<ref name="Beyonce Dance Club Chart History">"Beyoncé Dance Club Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
(#33, March 3, 2012)

Most number-ones in a calendar year

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Rihanna is the only act to have achieved five number-one songs in a calendar year, and is one of only four acts to have attained at least four.<ref name="Needed Me">Murray, Gordon (August 11, 2016). "Rihanna Earns 27th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2016. </ref>
Number of songs Artist name Year charted Name of songs Ref.
5 Rihanna 2017 "Love on the Brain", "Sex with Me", "Pose", "Wild Thoughts" (DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller), "Desperado" <ref name="Anti Desperado Oct 17"/>
4 2007 "We Ride", "Umbrella" (featuring Jay Z), "Don't Stop the Music", "Shut Up and Drive" <ref name="Needed Me"/><ref name="Wild Thoughts Dance Club"/>
2010 "Russian Roulette", "Hard" (featuring Jeezy), "Rude Boy", "Only Girl (In the World)"
2011 "Who's That Chick?" (David Guetta featuring Rihanna), "S&M", "California King Bed", "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris)
2016 "Work" (featuring Drake), "This Is What You Came For" (Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna), "Kiss It Better", "Needed Me"
Beyoncé 2009 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Diva", "Halo", "Sweet Dreams"
Lady Gaga "Poker Face", "LoveGame", "Paparazzi", "Bad Romance"
2011 "Born This Way", "Judas", "The Edge of Glory", "You and I"
Katy Perry 2014 "Unconditionally", "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), "Birthday", "This Is How We Do"

Quickest collection of 10 number-ones

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Lady Gaga holds the record for collecting 10 number-ones in the shortest time frame at two years, five months and three weeks.<ref name="Gaga overtakes Rihanna in shortest time span to 10 number ones"/>
Artist Songs Time span Ref.
Lady Gaga "Poker Face" (first, February 21, 2009)
"LoveGame"
"Paparazzi"
"Bad Romance"
"Telephone", featuring Beyoncé
"Video Phone", Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga
"Alejandro"
"Born This Way"
"Judas"
"The Edge of Glory" (tenth, August 4, 2011)
Two years, five months and three weeks <ref name="Gaga overtakes Rihanna in shortest time span to 10 number ones">Trust, Gary (August 4, 2011). "Weekly Chart Notes: Jimmy Buffett, Lady Gaga, Bill Cosby". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2014. </ref>
Katy Perry "Waking Up in Vegas" (first, August 22, 2009)
"California Gurls", featuring Snoop Dogg
"Teenage Dream"
"Peacock"
"Firework"
"E.T."
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
"The One That Got Away"
"Part of Me"
"Wide Awake" (tenth, August 4, 2012)
Two years, eleven months and two weeks <ref name="Teenage Dream record 7 number ones"/>
<ref name="16 consecutive songs Perry">Murray, Gordon (November 6, 2014). "Dillon Francis On the 'Money' With No. 2 Dance Debut". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2015. </ref>
<ref name="Perry Wide Awake">"Dance Club Songs: Week of August 4, 2012 (Katy Perry, Wide Awake)". Billboard. August 4, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2015. </ref>
Rihanna "Pon de Replay" (first, October 8, 2005)
"SOS"
"Unfaithful"
"We Ride"
"Umbrella", featuring Jay-Z
"Don't Stop the Music"
"Shut Up and Drive"
"Disturbia"
"Russian Roulette"
"Hard" featuring Jeezy (tenth, March 6, 2010)
Four years, five months <ref name="Gaga overtakes Rihanna in shortest time span to 10 number ones"/>

Song achievements

Shortest climbs to number-one

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s)
3
ABC "Be Near Me" <ref name="BeNearMe">"Billboard magazine, issue dated 28 September 1985". Google Books. p. 44. Retrieved September 15, 2015. </ref> 1985
4
Madonna "Erotica"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref> 1992
"Beautiful Stranger"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017. </ref> 1999
"Impressive Instant"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 2, 2017. </ref> 2001
"Hung Up"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref> 2005
The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes "Don't Cha"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2017. </ref>
Madonna "4 Minutes"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref> 2008
Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"<ref name="Gaga Marry the Night Chart Beat Number One">Trust, Gary (January 9, 2010). "Chart Highlights: Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Tops Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2015. </ref> 2010
5
Cher "Believe"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017. </ref> 1998
Whitney Houston "It's Not Right But It's Okay"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017. </ref> 1999
Madonna "Nothing Really Matters"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017. </ref>
"Die Another Day"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 2, 2017. </ref> 2002
Kristine W "Save My Soul" <ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2017. </ref> 2004
Goldfrapp "Strict Machine" <ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref>
Jennifer Lopez "Hold It, Don't Drop It" <ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2017. </ref> 2007
Chaka Khan featuring Mary J. Blige "Disrespectful"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2017. </ref>
The Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2017. </ref> 2008
Madonna "Give It 2 Me"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref>
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref> 2009
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone"<ref name="Gaga Marry the Night Chart Beat Number One" /> 2010
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love"<ref name="We Found Love">"Dance Club Songs. The week of November 19, 2011". Billboard. November 19, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015. </ref> 2011
Lady Gaga "Marry the Night"<ref name="Gaga Marry the Night Chart Beat Number One"/> 2012
Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. "Give Me All Your Luvin'"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref>
Madonna "Girl Gone Wild"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017. </ref>
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "Dance Again"<ref name="Dance Again">"Dance Club Songs. The week of May 26, 2012". Billboard. May 26, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2015. </ref>
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Get Lucky"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2017. </ref> 2013
Cher "Woman's World"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017. </ref>
Selena Gomez "Slow Down"<ref>"Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 1, 2017. </ref>
Lady Gaga "Applause"<ref name="Applause">"Dance Club Songs. The week of October 5, 2013". Billboard. October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2015. </ref>
Demi Lovato "Cool for the Summer"<ref name="Cool for the Summer">Murray, Gordon (September 1, 2015). "Demi Lovato's 'Cool for the Summer' Is Fastest No.1 on Dance Club Songs in 2 Years". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2015. </ref> 2015
Disclosure featuring Sam Smith "Omen"<ref name="Omen">Murray, Gordon (September 30, 2015). "Calvin Harris & Disclosure Earn New No. 1s on Dance/Electronic Charts". Billboard. Retrieved October 1, 2015. </ref>
DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller "Wild Thoughts" <ref name="Wild Thoughts">"Dance Club Songs – October 21, 2017". Billboard. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017. </ref> 2017

Longest climbs to number-one

Sources:<ref name="Rihanna Right Now Number One">Murray, Gordan (August 5, 2013). "Rihanna Scores 20th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Chart; Second-Most No. 1s Ever". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2015. </ref><ref name="Rihanna Right Now Number One Article 2">Murray, Gordan (August 8, 2013). "Rihanna Captures 20th Dance Club No. 1; Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais Debut". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2015. </ref>

Biggest jump to number one

Number-one songs covered by different artists

Album achievements

Most number-one songs from one album

Five number-ones or more
Artist name Album Number-ones Titles of songs Ref.
Katy Perry Teenage Dream 7 "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
"Teenage Dream"
"Peacock"
"Firework"
"E.T."
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
"The One That Got Away"
<ref name="Teenage Dream record 7 number ones"/>
Rihanna Anti "Work" (featuring Drake)
"Kiss It Better"
"Needed Me"
"Love on the Brain"
"Sex with Me"
"Pose"
"Desperado"
<ref name="Anti Desperado Oct 17"/><ref name="Pose Article">Murray, Gordon (July 4, 2017). "Rihanna Strikes 30th No. 1 'Pose' Atop Dance Club Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2017. </ref>
Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce 6 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
"Diva"
"Halo"
"Sweet Dreams"
"Why Don't You Love Me"
"Video Phone"
<ref name="Teenage Dream record 7 number ones"/>
Kristine W The Power of Music "The Boss"
"Never"
"Love Is the Look"
"Be Alright"
"The Power of Music"
"Fade"
Madonna American Life 5 "Die Another Day"
"American Life"
"Hollywood"
"Nothing Fails"
"Love Profusion"
<ref name="American Life Number-ones">American Life's five number-one songs:

</ref>

Lady Gaga Born This Way "Born This Way"
"Judas"
"The Edge of Glory"
"Yoü and I"
"Marry the Night"
<ref name="Gaga Marry the Night Chart Beat Number One"/>
Katy Perry Prism "Roar"
"Unconditionally"
"Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J)
"Birthday"
"This Is How We Do"
<ref name="Pose Article"/>

Records and other achievements

Footnotes

1 Summer's total includes two titles which hit number one during the span of time in which Record World's dance chart data is used (see "Statistics and Record World data"). Some Billboard columnists credit Summer with only 15 number-ones.
2 Eight of the 11 weeks-at-number-one for "Bad Luck" is during the span of time in which Record World's dance chart data is used (see "Statistics and Record World data").

See also

References

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External links

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