Dance/Mix Show Airplay

Dance/Mix Show Airplay (formerly 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 was openly available through Billboard, Billboard Radio Monitor and R&R from its 2003 inception to 2008, when it became exclusive-only to Billboard, up until the chart was renamed in 2011, when it made its playlist available for viewing on BDS Radio's website. A modified version was added to Billboard's website in January 2013, featuring 15 songs. This would be expanded to 25 after Billboard revamped its website in January 2015, along with adding an archive section that allows its readers to research the songs, artists, and their peak positions since its inception.


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one for three weeks, having topped it the week ending September 28.[1] The reason for this is because the chart was unpublished for the first ten weeks of its existence, which means that its official issue start date was August 16, when the actual first number-one was "Never (Past Tense)" by Roc Project featuring Tina Arena.[2][3]

In the issue dated November 19, 2011, the chart's name and methodology was changed. Director of charts Keith Caulfield explained in his "Over the Counter" column: "Effective this week, Billboard's Dance Airplay chart is renamed Dance/Mix Show Airplay, as its source of data is widely expanded. Formerly a ranking based on airplay at six dance-formatted reporters (four terrestrial radio stations, plus SiriusXM's BPM channel and Music Choice's Dance/Electronica channel) the plays-based list expands to include mixshow plays on mainstream top 40 and select rhythmic stations that have submitted their hours of mixshow programming, as monitored by Nielsen BDS, to Billboard."[4]

On November 26, 2014, the chart expanded from 25 to 40 positions (effective with the December 6, 2014 issue), allowing more Dance singles to chart while at the same time make the chart less Pop-oriented.

In comparison to other Dance charts, It's a valid observation to note that American commercial radio's definition of dance music is marginal and this is reflected in the chart's content. Since the 2011 adjustment, the chart was composed largely of remixed pop and urban songs and less Dance tracks, eschewing material that is dance music and/or by dance artists in its original form, moving away from its original mission to feature true Dance hits. However, by 2012, the influx of EDM songs in the mix shows and the addition of 2 more Dance outlets on the panel has once again increased the Dance content on the chart with less remixed Pop and R&B tracks being played.

The current number one for the issue dated December 10, 2016, is "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey.

Chart criteria

There are 40 positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. Eight stations (five terrestrial, one cable, one satellite and one online internet service), serve as exclusive reporters and are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.[5] 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 Nielsen Audio listener data. The chart also include 84 selected Mainstream, Adult, and Rhythmic Top 40 reporters that features mix shows as part of their programming, which in turn also contributes to the Radio Songs chart as a semi-component to the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Dance/Mix Show Airplay makes up part of the newly added Dance/Electronic Songs chart, which was launched with January 26, 2013 issue.

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 the 20-song recurrent status.

Chart statistics and other facts

With the exception of Madonna, David Guetta, Kaskade and Calvin Harris, all of whom crossed over to Pop from Dance and continue to be core Dance artists, the artists in the two following lists are Pop and/or Rhythmic acts; the songs that landed them on the Dance chart were generally remixes of the original recordings.

Artists with the most number-one hits

1. Rihanna – 12
2. Calvin Harris - 10
3. Madonna – 7 (tie)
3. David Guetta – 7 (tie)
5. Katy Perry - 5
6. Pink - 4 (tie)
6. Justin Timberlake – 4 (tie)
6. Britney Spears - 4 (tie)
6. Ellie Goulding - 4 (tie)

Artist with the most weeks at number-one

It should be noted that Calvin Harris and Rihanna shared 14 weeks with "We Found Love" and twelve with "This Is What You Came For," but Harris has logged the most weeks on the chart as his eight other singles have spent 10 or more weeks at number one.[6]

1. Calvin Harris - 82
2. Rihanna - 59
3. The Chainsmokers - 29
3. Madonna - 28
4. David Guetta - 25

Artists with the most accumulated Dance/Mix Show Airplay singles

This list include artists who had reach the top ten, even if they did not reach number one, since the chart's 2003 launch[7]

1. David Guetta - 23
2. Rihanna - 22
2. Britney Spears - 20
4. Madonna – 14 (tie)
4. Kaskade - 14 (tie)
6. Lady Gaga - 12 (tie)
6. Pitbull - 12 (tie) [8]

Other statistics

Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio panel

There are 90 reporters who make up this panel (as of October 27, 2016), according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, all of them part of the Top 40 panel:[1]

Exclusive Dance Airplay Reporters

See also


  1. 1 2 Caulfield, Keith (2003-10-17). "Billboard Bits: Jack Black, Dub Narcotic, Milky". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. Chart history for "Never (Past Tense)" from
  3. "Chart Highlights: Madonna's 'Living for Love' Debuts on Pop Songs, Leads Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  4. Caulfield, Keith (2011). "Over the Counter". Billboard. No. 2011-11-19. Nielsen Business Media. p. 53.
  5. BDS Monitored Station Panel
  6. "Calvin Harris & Disclosure Earn New No. 1s on Dance/Electronic Charts" from Billboard (September 30, 2015)
  7. Garrix Zooms; Icona Pop, Avicii and Kaskade Climb The Dance Chart from Billboard (August 5, 2013)
  8. "Mountain Dew Ad Lifts A-Trak to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Top 10" from Billboard (February 13, 2015)
  9. "Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Rides 'Sugar' High, Hits No. 1 on Pop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  10. "Disclosure & Sam Smith Return to Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With 'Omen'" from Billboard (August 5, 2015)
  11. "Disclosure Leads Debuts on Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart" from Billboard (October 8, 2015)
  12. "Justin Bieber Doubles Up at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Charts" from Billboard (October 22, 2015)
  13. Murray, Gordon (November 24, 2015). "Taylor Swift Tallies First Dance/Mix Show Airplay No. 1 With 'Wildest Dreams'". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  14. "Adele's 'Hello' Is Now a No. 1 Dance Hit, Too" from Billboard (December 3, 2015)
  15. "Enigma Earns First No. 1 in 13 Years on Top Dance/Electronic Albums" from Billboard (November 23, 2016)

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