Dance Club Songs

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Dance Club Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. It is a national look over of club disc jockeys to determine the most popular songs being played in nightclubs across the country. 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. The first number-one song on the chart for the issue dated August 28, 1976, was "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees, spending five weeks atop the chart and the group's only number-one song on the chart.

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. Madonna holds the record for the most number-one songs with 50. +more Katy Perry holds the record for having eighteen consecutive number-one songs. 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 by a lead artist between 2010 and 2012, a record it held solely until Rihanna's eighth studio album Anti produced eight chart toppers from 2016 to 2017. Rihanna is the only artist to have achieved five number-one songs in a calendar year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the closures of clubs, Billboard has temporarily suspended the chart. The most recent number-one song on the Dance Club Songs chart for the issue dated March 28, 2020, is "Love Hangover 2020" by Diana Ross.

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History

Dance Club Songs has undergone several incarnations since its inception in 1974. Originally a top-10 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. +more 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 30-position National Disco Action Top 30 premiered. It soon expanded to 40 positions, then in 1979 the chart expanded to 60 positions, then 80, and eventually reached 100 positions from September 1979 until 1981, when it was reduced back to 80.

During the first half of the 1980s, the chart maintained 80 slots until March 16, 1985, when the Disco charts were splintered and renamed. Two charts appeared: Hot Dance/Disco Club Play, which ranked club play (50 positions), and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, which ranked 12-inch single (or maxi-single) sales (also 50 positions, later reduced to 10 and discontinued in 2013, since replaced by the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs).

On January 26, 2013, Billboard introduced the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, which tracks the 50 most popular dance and electronic songs as determined by Billboard based on digital single sales, streaming, radio airplay across all formats, and club play, with Dance Club Songs serving as the club play component to the multi-metric chart.

On March 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the closures of clubs, Billboard temporarily suspended the chart.

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. +more 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.

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.

Artist achievements

Top 10 artists of all-time (1976-2016)

RankArtist nameRef.
1Madonna
2Janet Jackson
3Rihanna
4Beyoncé
5Pet Shop Boys
6Donna Summer
7Mariah Carey
8Kristine W
9Jennifer Lopez
10Depeche Mode

Most number ones

1Madonna50
2Rihanna33
3Beyoncé22
4Janet Jackson20
5Katy Perry19
6Jennifer Lopez18
7Mariah Carey17 (tie)
7Kristine W17 (tie)
9Donna Summer161
10Lady Gaga15

Most consecutive number-ones

21Madonna"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (March 31, 1997)"Give It 2 Me" (February 14, 2008)"Miles Away" (#2, January 17, 2009)
18Katy Perry"Waking Up in Vegas" (August 22, 2009)"Swish Swish" (featuring Nicki Minaj) (July 22, 2017)"Bon Appétit" (featuring Migos) (#28, April 18, 2017)
11Jennifer Lopez"Qué Hiciste" (June 23, 2007)"Live It Up" (featuring Pitbull) (July 20, 2013)"I Luh Ya Papi" (featuring French Montana) (#5, June 28, 2014)
9Kristine W"Feel What You Want" (July 23, 1994)"The Wonder of It All" (January 2, 2005)"I'll Be Your Light" (#2, February 26, 2006)
9Beyoncé"Diva" (March 28, 2009)"Countdown" (December 24, 2011)"End of Time" (#33, March 3, 2012)
9Erika Jayne"Rollercoaster" (July 28, 2007)"How Many Fucks" (August 13, 2016)N/A
7Janet Jackson"When I Think of You" (September 20, 1986)"Alright" (May 5, 1990)"Black Cat" (#17, October 27, 1990)
7Madonna"Causing a Commotion" (October 31, 1987)"Justify My Love" (January 19, 1991)"Rescue Me" (#6, March 16, 1991)
7Madonna"Nothing Really Matters" (March 13, 1999)"Impressive Instant" (November 17, 2001)"GHV2 Megamix" (#5, December 2, 2001)

Most number-ones in a calendar year

5Rihanna2017"Love on the Brain", "Sex with Me", "Pose", "Wild Thoughts" (DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller), "Desperado"
42007"We Ride", "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), "Don't Stop the Music", "Shut Up and Drive"
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"
Beyoncé2009"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 Perry2014"Unconditionally", "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), "Birthday", "This Is How We Do"

Quickest collection of first 10 number-ones

ArtistSongsTime spanRef.
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
Katy Perry"Waking Up in Vegas" (first, August 22, 2009) "California Gurls", featuring Snoop Dogg "Teenage Dream" "Peacock" "Firework" "+moreT. _(song)'>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
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
Madonna"Holiday/Lucky Star" (first, September 24,1983) "Like a Virgin" "Material Girl" "Angel/Into the Groove" "Open Your Heart" "Causing a Commotion" "You Can Dance" (LP Cuts) "Like a Prayer" "Express Yourself" "Keep It Together" (tenth, March 31,1990)Six years, six months
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Song achievements

Most weeks at number one

Number of weeksArtist(s)Song(s)Year(s)
11Michael JacksonThriller (all cuts)1983
9Change"A Lover's Holiday"/"The Glow Of Love"/"Searching"1980
8Chic"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"/"Everybody Dance"/"You Can Get By"1977
7Village PeopleVillage People (all cuts)1977
7T-Connection"Do What You Wanna Do"1977
7Chic"Le Freak"/"I Want Your Love"/"Chic Cheer"1978-79
7Donna Summer"Hot Stuff"/"Bad Girls"1979
7Geraldine Hunt"Can't Fake the Feeling"1980
7Chaz Jankel"Glad to Know You"/"3,000,000 Synths"/"Ai No Corrida"1982

Shortest climbs to number one

Number of weeksArtist(s)SongYear(s)
3Prince"When Doves Cry"/"17 Days"1984
3ABC"Be Near Me"1985
3Colonel Abrams"I'm Not Gonna Let (You Get The Best Of Me)"1986
4T-Connection"Do What You Wanna Do"1977
4The Trammps"Disco Inferno"/"Starvin'"/"Body Contact Contract"1977
4Daryl Hall & John Oates"Say It Isn't So"1983
4Deniece Williams"Let's Hear It for the Boy"1984
4Madonna"Like A Virgin"1984
4Aretha Franklin"Freeway Of Love"1985
4The Human League"Human"1986
4Company B"Fascinated"1987
4Michael Jackson"Bad"1987
4Madonna"Like A Prayer"1989
4Janet Jackson"Miss You Much"1989
4Black Box featuring Martha Wash"Everybody Everybody"1990
4C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Martha Wash"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"1990
4Madonna"Erotica"1992
4Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson"Scream"1995
4Mariah Carey"Honey"1997
4Madonna"Beautiful Stranger"1999
4Madonna"Music"2000
4Madonna"Impressive Instant"2001
4Madonna"Hung Up"2005
4The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes"Don't Cha"2005
4Beyoncé & Shakira"Beautiful Liar"2007
4Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland"4 Minutes"2008
4Lady Gaga"Bad Romance"2010

Longest climbs to number one

19th week - "Wordy Rappinghood"/"Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club *19th week - "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun *17th week - "Losing It" by Fisher *16th week - "The Look of Love" by ABC *16th week - "Most Precious Love" by Blaze presents +moreA. U. F. L. '>U. D. A. U. F. L. featuring Barbara Tucker *16th week - "Where Have You Been" by Rihanna *16th week - "Right Now" by Rihanna featuring David Guetta Sources:.

Biggest jump to number one

(27-1) Thriller (all cuts) by Michael Jackson

Number-one songs covered by different artists

"The Boss" - Diana Ross (1979), The Braxtons (1997), Kristine W (2008), and again Diana Ross (2019). *"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" - Sylvester (1978) and Byron Stingily (1998) *"Back to Life" - Soul II Soul (1989) and Hilary Roberts (2019). +more *"Keep on Jumpin'" - Musique (1978) and Todd Terry with Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown (1996).

Records and other achievements

Madonna holds the record for the most chart hits, the most top-twenty hits, the most top-ten hits and the most total weeks at number one (75 weeks). *Enrique Iglesias, Dave Audé, Pitbull, and David Guetta are tied with 14 number-ones on the chart, the most among male artists. +more *Rihanna became the first artist to earn 4 number-ones on the chart in a year (2007), a feat she repeated a record 3 additional times before becoming the first act to earn 5 number-ones in a year (2017) as well. *Madonna scored three number-ones in a single year seven times (1985, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2015, 2019), making her the first and most act to do so. *Kylie Minogue became the first act to have two songs in the top three on March 5, 2011. Her song "Better than Today" was number-one while "Higher", a song by Taio Cruz on which Minogue features, was number three. On July 28, 2016, Rihanna became the second act to achieve this when her songs "Kiss It Better" and "Needed Me" were number one and three concurrently, however it made her the first act to have two songs in the top three as the lead act on both. David Guetta was the third to earn this distinction during the chart week of November 24, 2018, when "(It Happens) Sometimes", under his alias Jack Back, was number two, while his "Don't Leave Me Alone" collaboration with Anne-Marie was number three. *Madonna was the first artist in the chart's history to have 2 studio albums with 5 number-one songs each topping the chart, respectively; from her eighth studio album Music and her ninth studio album American Life; Katy Perry has since surpassed this record, achieving 7 number-ones from her third studio album Teenage Dream, and 5 number-ones from her fourth, Prism *The first 12-inch single made commercially available to the public was "Ten Percent" by Double Exposure in 1976. *The first number one on Billboards Disco Action chart was "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Gloria Gaynor in 1974. *The first number one on Billboards National Disco Action Top 30 was "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees in 1976. *Until February 2020, Madonna has the record for most number-one songs in any Billboard chart with her record-extending 50 number-ones toping the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart. *From the dance chart's inception until the week of February 16, 1991, several (or even all) songs on an EP, album or 12-inch single could occupy the same position if more than one track from a release was receiving significant play in clubs (for example, Donna Summer charted several full-length albums, both Chaka Khan and Madonna have hit number one with remix albums). Chart entries like this were especially prevalent during the disco era, where an entire side of an album would contain several songs segued together seamlessly to replicate a night of dancing in a club. Beginning with the February 23, 1991 issue, the dance chart became "song specific," meaning only one song could occupy each position at a time. *Because of the former policy allowing multiple songs to occupy one position at the same time, there have been three instances when not only multiple songs were at number one, but the songs were performed by different artists. In all scenarios this was due to the tracks being included in film soundtrack albums. In 1978, four tracks from Thank God It's Friday (Donna Summer, Pattie Brooks, Love & Kisses, Sunshine); in 1980, three tracks from Fame (two by Irene Cara and one by Linda Clifford); and in 1985, two songs from Beverly Hills Cop (Patti LaBelle, Harold Faltermeyer) hit number one together. *Madonna additionally became the first act to have scored at least one No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in five separate decades since the chart's inception in 1976, having tallied 9 in the 1980s, 13 in the '90s, 18 in the 2000s, 9 in the '10s and, now, one (so far) in the '20s. *The Trammps are the only act to replace themselves at number one (issue date June 5, 1976, "That's Where the Happy People Go" → "Disco Party"). *The longest running number-ones on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart are "Bad Luck" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes2 in 1975 and the album Thriller by Michael Jackson. Both entries spent eleven weeks in the top spot. *"One Word" by Kelly Osbourne made chart history on June 18, 2005 when it became the first song to simultaneously top the Hot Dance Club Songs, Hot Dance Singles Sales and Hot Dance Airplay charts. *Madonna is also the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs. *LeAnn Rimes became the first country music artist to have topped both the Billboard country chart and the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Rimes, who had several remixes of her country hits reach the dance chart, achieved that distinction during the week of February 28, 2009, when the electronic dance music remixes of her 2008 single "What I Cannot Change" reached number one. *Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi's collaboration with Dave Audé, "You Have to Believe", which reached number one in its November 21, 2015 issue, made history for Newton-John and Lattanzi, as they became the first mother-daughter duo to reach number one on this chart as well as picking up their first number ones at Dance Club Songs as well, although Newton-John had charted four times prior to this. *Sting has the distinction of being the only artist to reach number one twice on this chart with a song he recorded and re-recorded, as his original version of "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)" featuring Twista reached that position in 2004, and again in 2016 as a featured duet with Mylène Farmer for "Stolen Car". In both cases, they were also remixed by Dave Audé, which is another first on this chart that a remixer reached number one with a song he remixed twice.

Footnotes : 1 Summer's total would be 18 if including two titles that hit number one during the span of time in which Record World's dance chart data is used (see "Statistics and Record World data"). Billboard credits Summer with only 16 number-ones. +more : 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").

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