Wikipedia:Record charts

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This guideline provides guidance about the suitability of music charts for inclusion in Wikipedia articles, both in article prose and in the standard tables of charts. It does not provide specifics of formatting tables, which is the subject of Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Record charts.

General guidelines

Suitable charts

A chart is normally considered suitable for inclusion if it meets both of the following characteristics:

  1. It is published by a recognized reliable source. This includes any IFPI affiliate, Billboard magazine, or any organization with the support of Nielsen SoundScan. Recognized national measurement firms, such as Crowley Broadcast Analysis for Brazil or Monitor Latino for Mexico, are legitimate sources of charts.
  2. It covers sales or broadcast outlets from multiple sources.

Single-vendor/single-network charts

Charts which rank material from a single vendor or network are generally unsuitable for inclusion in articles. They should never be placed in discography tables or tables of charts. They may occasionally be mentioned in article prose if special circumstances warrant it. "Special circumstances" includes notable controversies alleging chart manipulation, or cases where eligibility requirements prevented standard charts from recognizing the sales. This would include, for example, the noted resurgence of Michael Jackson related sales at the time of his death, when many chart rules prevented any of his album sales from being credited towards a chart position. Similarly, some charts representing the home country of the artist or composer (this can mean country of origin, country of residence, official nationality or any country where the artist or composer has lived for a substantial part of their lives) or releases with a strong link to the country in question (e.g. Eurovision entries), can be included if no other suitable charts can be located.

Dependent ("component") charts

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Charts are frequently related to one another mathematically. For example, the Billboard Hot 100 is derived by weighting positions on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and the Billboard Hot 100 Sales charts. This means that in the vast majority of cases, any song that charts on the Billboard Hot 100 can be presumed to have charted on both other charts, and specifically mentioning the position will simply clutter an article. In unusual cases, the subordinate chart can be mentioned: take, for example, a single which had no airplay because of objectionable content, but still charted extremely high on the composite chart due to sales. This would be unusual enough to potentially warrant mention.

Examples of dependent/component/mathematically related charts:

  • Billboard Hot 100 Airplay - related to Billboard Hot 100
  • Billboard Hot 100 Sales charts - related to Billboard Hot 100

Certifications

Certifications should be sourced directly to certifying agencies, most of which provide a searchable database. When such a database is not available, other reliable sources may be used, but they must directly state that the certifying agency has granted the certification. Many popular press articles will contain statements such as "... has gone gold ..." or "... has gone platinum ..." based on a sales figure, when, in fact, the certifying agency has not yet verified those sales and granted a certification.

Chart trajectories

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A song/album's chart trajectory should not be included in an article as this constitutes an indiscriminate collection of information. Chart trajectories may be mentioned in the article text when there is sufficient reason to do so (for example, a song debuted at number 100, became a sleeper hit and peaked at number 1). Key facts, some examples being the debut position, number of weeks spent at peak position, and/or number of weeks in total on the chart may be mentioned within the article text, but should not be included as routine data for all charts.

Deprecated charts

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  • Amazon: Charts pertaining to only one specific retailer should not be used.
  • ARC Weekly Top 40: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Argentina Top 40: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Argentina Singles Top 100 from charly1300.com. Per the chart description ...otros factores que cada semana varían y se modifican en el Ranking. Los datos que proporcionamos no son 100% verificables (Other factors that vary from week to week modify the rankings. The data is not 100% verifiable).
  • Argentina Top 100 at argentinatop100.com.ar. Anonymous chart, with no explanation of methodology or source. Singles chart appears to be a one-week old copy of the chart from charly1300.com.
    Note: a valid Argentine albums chart exists at capif.org.ar. There are no known valid Argentine singles charts.
  • Australia Country Tracks Top 30: This chart has been determined as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology; see Talk:2009 in country music.
    Note: The Australian Country Albums chart is published by ARIA and therefore acceptable for use. Australia does not seem to have a valid country singles chart.
  • Beatport: Charts pertaining to only one specific retailer should not be used.
  • The Big Top 40 Show Chart primarily based on iTunes data.
  • Brazil Hot 100/Hot100Brasil: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
    Note: see #WP:GOODCHARTS for a discussion of the Hot 100 Airplay chart from Billboard Brasil which, if properly sourced, is acceptable.
  • Brazilian Singles Chart from allcharts.org is a mirror of Brazil Hot 100's "Hot 100 Songs and Tracks".
  • Bulgarian National Top 40: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
    Note: the chart at αCharts.us is a mirror of the Bulgarian National Top 40.
    Note: A legitimate Bulgarian chart is located at http://www.bamp-bg.org/en/2009-07-08-09-48-53/nmc-charts/169-week41-0510-11102009.html
  • Canadian Radio & Records/Nielsen Country Singles: Although published by Nielsen, this chart does not appear to have any sort of archive to verify positions from week to week. See discussion at Talk:2010 in country music, as well as Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of number-one country hits of 2010 (Canada).
  • Canadian Country Albums published by Jam!/Canoe. Same as above; chart positions are not archived and therefore impossible to verify. This is not to be confused with the RPM charts (1964–2000), which are acceptable.
  • Chile Hot 100: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Chilean Singles Chart from Americatop100.com. This chart was Deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Colombia Top 100 from Americatop100.com. This charts was Deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Creative Disc. The chart was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart.
  • Croatian Singles Chart at ehot50.blog.hr : blog sourced chart.
  • Croatian Singles Chart at www.soundguardian.com. No apparent notability. Validation of this chart compared to the airplay charts it claims to aggregate does not validate the chart.
  • Cyprus Super Radio Chart This chart is a radio chart and it has not got an official status.
  • Euro 200/APC-stats: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
    Note: the following charts are known to be mirrors of these charts:
    Note: a valid Portuguese albums chart, based on AC Nielsen data, can be found portuguesecharts.com.
    Note: valid Italian albums and singles charts, can be found at www.fimi.it
  • FDR Charts[disputed ] This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart.
  • Greek Hot 75,Greek Dance, Greek Hype, Greek Pop, Greek Rock, Greek R&B & Latin, Greek Radio1 DJs: These charts from www.radio1.gr are all single network charts.
  • Hungary Editor's Choice Top 40 at MAHASZ. The Editors' Choice Top 40 should not be used: this is a critic's list, not a reflection of sales or airplay.
  • Indonesian Top 50: see "Creative Disc".
  • ISMAIV. The chart was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart.
  • Italian Singles at αCharts.us: see Euro 200/APC-stats.
  • Israeli Singles Chart at www.charts.co.il or http://www.glgltz.co.il/ . These charts are all single network charts, and incorporate user voting.
  • iTunes: Charts pertaining to only one specific retailer should not be used.
  • Latin Areschart: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Latvian Airplay Top, Latvian Singles Chart This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • LCC Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and other Lithuania Charts Company charts: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Lithuanian Airplay Chart: This chart's article were deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Lithuanian Top 40 from music.lt. This chart is based on membership voting, and does not reflect verifiable sales or airplay.
  • Los 40 Principales. Single network chart documenting playlist frequency on the same network.
  • México Top 100 from Americatop100.com. This chart was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Mu-Mo: Charts pertaining to only one specific retailer should not be used.
  • MYX Hit Chart, MYX Daily Top 10, Pinoy MYX Countdown: These charts were deleted by deletion discussion as non-notable charts with dubious methodology.
  • Odyssey Albums Chart: Single vendor charts should not be used.
  • Philippines Hot 100: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion (multiple times) as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology. There are no charts for Philippines that are known to be acceptable.
  • Polish National Top 50: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
    Note: a valid Polish albums chart can be found at olis.onyx.pl.
  • Portuguese Singles at αCharts.us: see Euro 200/APC-stats.
  • Radio Disney: Charts from countdown shows should not be used as they are not derived from verifiable sales and/or airplay totals.
  • Recochoku: Charts pertaining to only one specific retailer should not be used.
  • Russian Airplay Chart[disputed ] from Tophit.ru: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart.
  • Serbian Pop Top Lista: "TOP 50 SRBIJA" chart at poptoplista.com. Rankings are apparently combinations of radio airplay in Serbia with votes of Web site visitors.
  • Spanish Singles Chart on allcharts.org. This is a mirror of Los 40 Principales, which is listed above.
  • Tokio Hot 100 Single network airplay chart.
  • Top Latino: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Ukraine:[disputed ] see FDR Charts above.
  • United World Chart/Global Top 40 Albums: This chart's article was deleted by deletion discussion as a non-notable chart with dubious methodology.
  • Viacom/MTV Networks Countdowns (VH1 and CMT Top 20 Countdowns): Both programs formerly used a mix of network airplay and radio popularity with some minor viewer feedback to compile their lists, but now only depend entirely on viewer text messaging and internet voting to compile their lists and encourage multiple votes, along with a limited pool of videos chosen by viewers to fill the list.
  • Vietnamese YanTV We10: A music chart which is published by YanTV and based on viewer's choice.
  • Worf Music Awards: Probably non-existent award, mass-added to various artist pages at one point. See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/2007 Worf Music Awards.
  • World Albums Top 40/World Singles Top 40: These listings on acharts.us are mirrors of the United World Chart.

Websites to avoid

Recommended charts

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The following charts are recommended for use, although some archives of these charts are specifically deprecated. These are charts which are believed to meet all requirements for inclusion, and have reliable, licensed archives of positions which allow for stable and reliable referencing.

Many reliable charts are not included on this list, primarily due to archiving problems. The Romanian Top 100, for example, appears to be a reliable chart, but no stable searchable archive is available. These charts can be included so long as care is taken in providing a reliable source for the information.

Key to archive symbols
Symbol Explanation of symbol
OK! Official, licensed source. All charts on this site are official and properly licensed.
Convenience link only, possibly unlicensed. No problems have been detected with this archive. While using an official source is generally preferred, using this archive as a convenience link is acceptable. Good and Featured class articles should not rely on unlicensed archives as convenience links, and should use official sites and licensed archives where possible.
Caution: problematic source. Avoid. While this chart appears to have been archived correctly, there are problems surrounding this archive site that make it questionable. Further use of this archive is discouraged, and people are encouraged to change links to this site to point to other sources.
No! Do not use this archive. This chart has been archived incorrectly or is taken from an impermissible chart. It cannot be used as a source.
Typical sources for record charts and archives, by country
Country Charts Archives Comments
Albums Singles
Sales Certifications Sales Airplay Certifications αCharts.us Chart-Surfer.de Top40-Charts.com Hung Medien
Argentina CAPIF CAPIF (until 2010) No! Do not use this archive. Direct links to the charts are not available. Site is down as of January 2012 due to hacker attacks.
Australia ARIA Charts
Hung Medien
ARIA (from 1997) ARIA Charts
Hung Medien
ARIA (from 1997) Convenience link only, possibly unlicensed. Caution: problematic source. Avoid. OK! Official, licensed source. An archive of individual charts can be found at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/23790 . It isn't searchable, but this is the only archive that preserves position 51-100.
Austria oe3.ORF.at
Hung Medien
IFPI (from 1990) oe3.ORF.at
Hung Medien
IFPI (from 1990) Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg
Belgium
(Flanders)
Ultratop Ultratop (from 2000) Ultratop Ultratop (from 2000) Green star.svg Stop cross.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Dutch- and French-speaking sections of Belgium are charted separately.
Belgium
(Wallonia)
Ultratop Ultratop (from 2000) Ultratop Ultratop (from 2000) Stop cross.svg Green star boxed plus.svg
Brazil ABPD
Billboard (MANUAL ARCHIVE REQUIRED)
ABPD (from 1990) See Notes
Billboard (weekly)
ABPD Download Stop cross.svg The album chart is poorly formatted and difficult to navigate. Detailed navigation help is available here.

The Hot 100 Airplay and Hot Pop Songs charts from Billboard Brasil magazine are acceptable, but not archived. These charts can be included only by referencing the physical magazine, not the online chart. Crowley Broadcast Analysis charts must be saved using WebCite or another similar service. The remaining charts from Billboard Brasil are from individual Brazilian states, and generally should not be used.
Bulgaria Nielsen Stop cross.svg Stop cross.svg No valid album charts or singles sales charts are known to exist.
Canada Billboard Music Canada Nielsen Nielsen Music Canada aCharts.us archives Canadian Hot 100 only. Sales for albums and singles are archived at Billboard.
Billboard Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg
RPM RPM RPM contains information for music from 1964-2000
Croatia HDU ARC
Czech Republic IFPI IFPI Green star.svg
Denmark IFPI
Hung Medien
IFPI (from 2001)
IFPI (from 2011)
IFPI
Hung Medien
IFPI IFPI (from 2007)

IFPI (from 2011)

Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Both IFPI and Hung Medien contain archives back to 2001. Prior to 2001 only known archive is from Billboard Magazine Hits of the World section.
Finland Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland
Hung Medien
IFPI Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland
Hung Medien
IFPI Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Search available at ifpi.fi. Click "Albumit - viikko xx/xxxx »" for albums or "Singlet - viikko xx/xxxx »" for singles. There is also a download chart at latauslista.fi, but this should be treated as a component chart: it should be used only when the main chart was not entered.
France SNEP
Hung Medien
InfoDisc
SNEP (from 1994)
InfoDisc
SNEP
Hung Medien
SNEP SNEP (from 1994)
InfoDisc
Green star.svg Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg SNEP charts are found under tab labelled "Les Classements".
Germany GfK Entertainment
Musicline.de
IFPI GfK Entertainment
Musicline.de
Nielsen IFPI Green star.svg Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Only the top five appear on the display, but the search facility returns all positions. Replace "Suchbegriff" with search text, and hit "Jetzt suchen".
The Hung Medien sites (swisscharts.com, lescharts.com, mexicancharts.com, etc.) have peculiar behavior regarding the German charts. None of them display the German charts to anonymous users. All of them (except germancharts.com!) will show the German charts on the international summary display to registered users.
Greece IFPI 
Hung Medien
IFPI Stop cross.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Chart archives starting from Jan 2010 on greekcharts.com.

The IFPI chart only shows the current week, to see previous weeks and years use archive.org. However this has only been sporadically archived but the chart table does include Best Position which may be helpful for any missing weeks. IFPI also list any certifications given under the Awards column. G=gold, P=platinum 2P=2×platinum etc. Again use archive.org to see previous certifications. Webcitation.org also has a number of cached pages going back to January 2010.

Hungary MAHASZ MAHASZ (from 2000) MAHASZ MAHASZ Stop cross.svg Archived at MAHASZ. The Editors' Choice Top 40 should not be used: this is a critic's list, not a reflection of sales or airplay.
Ireland IRMA IRMA (2005-2008) IRMA Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Archived at Chart Track, IrishCharts.ie, and IRMA.
Israel Media Forest
Italy FIMI
Hung Medien
FIMI FIMI
Hung Medien
FIMI Stop cross.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Archived at FIMI.
Japan Oricon
Billboard
Gold/Platinum (from 2003)
Million
Oricon
Billboard
RIAJ Digital Track Chart

Billboard
Gold/Platinum (from 2003)
Million
Detailed navigation help is available due to language difficulties/explanations on what each chart (Oricon/Billboard/RIAJ) are specifically used for, click here.
Japan Hot 100 Singles
Korea GAON Chart GAON Chart For Billboard: The US Billboard site has all the charts in English, and has an archive of the Top 50 songs each week. Billboard is aiming to have this as the definitive chart for K-Pop in Korea.[1]

For Gaon Charts: The chart includes streaming, downloads, purchases of the song as background music, and mobile sales. There is a black bar on top representing the different charts. The first selection: Digital Comprehensive chart (split into combined, domestic, and international charts). Second: Online chart (split into combined, domestic, and international charts). Third: Mobile chart (split into ringback tones and ringtones). Fourth: Album chart (split into combined, domestic, and international charts). The last section is an introduction to the website, which is set up by the Korea Music Content Industry Association, the current music industry association. Please note that "foreign" artists include domestic artists who have released singles in other languages for other markets (for example, a Korean artist releasing a Japanese single). To access the international chart, press the last button of the three at the right on each specific chart. As of the website's new design, it allows any direct links to specific charts (unlike before) However, in order to access previous years, the "current year" parameter in the link must be changed to the desired one. If a non-Korean artist charts only on the "international" chart, it should be noted as such.

Previously accepted charts include the Music Industry Association of Korea (the KMCIA predecessor) chart (for album sales prior to 2008) and Hanteo charts. However, Hanteo rankings are problematic as they currently have multiple options of presenting data (from hourly to yearly), and they do not appear to have a "main" chart. Moreover, actual sales data is available for "gold" members only. Hanteo's song chart is currently unavailable.

K-Pop Hot 100
Mexico AMPROFON
Hung Medien
AMPROFON (from 1999) Mexican Airplay (MANUAL ARCHIVE REQUIRED) Green star.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Both current charts need to be manually archived. NOTE: The certifications posted on the Mexican Airplay chart are from the RIAA, not AMPROFON.
Netherlands GfK NVPI (until 2006)
IFPI
GfK Dutch Single Top 100 NVPI (until 2006)
IFPI
Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Weekly archive incorporated directly into charts.
Dutch Top 40
New Zealand RIANZ
Hung Medien
RIANZ (from 2011)
RIANZ (1999–2011)
RadioScope archive (2007-05-20 to 2011-08-21)

Adabow has access to a book which lists most peak chart positions and certifications up to 2006

RIANZ
Hung Medien
RIANZ (replace XXXX in URL with chart number 1566–1797) RIANZ (from 2011)
RIANZ (1999–2011)
RadioScope archive (2007-05-20 to 2011-07-24)

Adabow has access to a book which lists most peak chart positions and certifications up to 2006

Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg To link to an individual chart (January 2003 onward), select from the "Chart Archive" in the top right corner. You will be taken to a new URL which is a direct link. For old charts (prior to November 2011), use the format http://rianz.org.nz/rianz/oldchart.asp?chartNum=XXXX&chartKind=Y with XXXX as a chart number and Y as the kind of chart (S=singles, A=albums, D=DVDs, C=compilations, H=heatseekers [up to 2007-05-21]/ radio airplay [2007-05-28 to 2011-10-31])
Norway VG-lista
IFPI
Hung Medien
IFPI (from 1993 to date) VG-lista
IFPI
Hung Medien
IFPI
IFPI (from 1993 to date) Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg The complete archive (except Midprice and Airplay chart) is on http://lista.vg.no/
Poland OLiS ZPAV – Gold
ZPAV – Platinum
ZPAV – Diamond
Airplay Top 20 (archive) Stop cross.svg Stop cross.svg
Portugal AFP
Hung Medien
AFP 1 (weekly)
AFP 2 (from 2007)
Stop cross.svg Stop cross.svg Green star boxed plus.svg
Russia 2m-online
Slovakia IFPI
Spain PROMUSICAE
Hung Medien
PROMUSICAE
Hung Medien
Prior to Jan 12, 2009, the charts published at Promusicae, www.spanishcharts.com, and acharts.us were identical, and were all a physical sales chart. After that date, Promusicae began to publish a more comprehensive chart, which included downloads, but www.spanishcharts.com and acharts.us continued to publish only the physical chart. This means that for songs which charted prior to Jan 12, 2009, either source can be used. After Jan 12, 2009, if a song charted on both, then the Promusicae chart should be used. Spanishcharts.com/acharts.us should be used only for charting information after Jan 12, 2009, if the song did not chart on Promusicae. Links to individual charts on Promusicae can be made by using the search function, and then linking to the resulting PDF file.

On July 5, 2009, Spanishcharts.com began publishing the more comprehensive chart as well including the complete archive back to January 2009.

Sweden IFPI
Hung Medien
IFPI IFPI
Hung Medien
IFPI Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Direct linking to Sverigetopplistan charts is not possible because of Javascript. Instead, one has to insert the artist's or song's name into the search box and click "Sök", this shows all of the artist's albums and singles with their chart positions.
Switzerland Hung Medien Hung Medien (from 1989) Hung Medien Hung Medien Hung Medien (from 1989) Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Green star boxed plus.svg Weekly archive built into main list.
United Kingdom OCC BPI OCC
OCC archive
BPI Green star.svg Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Archived at OCC artist chart history. Positions below 75 can be found at Chart Stats. Since Chart Stats is an anonymous archive, its use has been challenged in the past. Interesting commentary on older albums is located at the OCC chart history.
United States Billboard RIAA Billboard Billboard RIAA Green star.svg Caution sign used on roads pn.svg Archived at Allmusic. Sometimes Allmusic has chart positions for releases that can't be found on Billboard and vice-versa. This is particularly noticeable when looking for positions in specific genre charts like Adult Contemporary or Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Books published by Joel Whitburn cover many of the major Billboard genre-specific charts.
Country Charts Archives Comments
Albums Singles
Sales Certifications Sales Airplay Certifications αCharts.us Chart-Surfer.de Top40-Charts.com Hung Medien

Nielsen SoundScan International

Many countries have a digital songs chart compiled by Nielsen SoundScan International and published in Billboard Magazine in the Hits of the World page.

Certification levels

Note: current certification levels are available at http://www.ifpi.org/content/library/international-award-levels.pdf

Acceptable charts

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The following charts are acceptable and are deemed as reliable sources for use. However these charts do not have a searchable database or are archived by the website. In order to prevent WP:LINKROT, the source must be manually archived using WebCitation or another similar service.

Typical sources for record charts, by country
Country Charts Comments
Albums Singles
Sales Certifications Sales Airplay Certifications
Colombia National-Report Use only "Top Nacional" as listings by cities are not allowed.
Mexico Monitor Latino
Not to be confused with the above Mexican Airplay posted by Billboard which is under WP:GOODCHARTS.
South Africa EMA See also: Entertainment Monitoring Africa
Venezuela Record Report
Country Charts Comments
Albums Singles
Sales Certifications Sales Airplay Certifications

Billboard charts

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For a complete list of Billboard charts and general information see Billboard charts.

In the United States Billboard publishes singles and albums charts based on data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS. This guide is designed to help editors to determine which charts are acceptable for use on Wikipedia in which circumstances. Below is the chart matrix for this purpose.

The guide contains the official and current names for the charts as of April 2010, with the exception of the Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs), also known as either the Mainstream Top 40 or the Pop Songs chart. On Wikipedia, it is located at a page using both names (one as a disambiguator). When listing the chart in chart tables list it exactly as its page is named: Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs).

Billboard magazine is the provider of U.S. charts; however, its use on Wikipedia when mentioning charts should be limited: i.e., charts should simply be referred to as U.S. followed by the chart name. The only two exceptions to this rule are the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200, which should be named as they are.

Sourcing Billboard charts

As with all Wikipedia charts, you should first try to source each chart directly from the Billboard.com website. Ideally, the citation should link to the Billboard page for the song in question, through the artist's discography / chart history page there. If you are having trouble with the Billboard site, AllMusic can be cited instead. Their website allows you to search for an artist; from there you can select the "Awards" tab which will (ideally) display all of an artist's chart positions. Most of the time, AllMusic will display all of the relevant information. There are a few exceptions to the rule, however, and it usually takes a week or two for information to be updated.

Note, however, that the Billboard and AllMusic archives are sometimes incomplete, particularly on older and/or lesser-known artists. Any of the books by Joel Whitburn may also be used to verify chart positions.

On singles discography tables, do not add 100 to a Bubbling Under peak if the song never entered the corresponding chart(i.e Billboard Hot 100 and Bubbling Under Hot 100 or R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles). Doing so would violate WP:SYNTH by creating information not directly supported by the source (i.e. the notion that the Bubbling Under chart is an extension to the main chart and the position). It should be indicated as an uncharted song with a footnote to indicate the Bubbling Under peak. In the song's article, just indicate it as a Bubbling Under peak, so long as it is verifiable. If an artist has had Bubbling Under entries but no songs that entered the Hot 100 proper, or has had multiple Bubbling Under entries, discography tables may use a separate "Bubbling Under" column to save on footnotes.

Also, when creating singles tables, do not include charts on which the artist has never appeared — a Hot 100 column is not mandatory if the artist never charted on the Hot 100.

It is recommended that you use the {{singlechart}} template where possible.

Single charts

Condition Applicable U.S. charts
Regardless of other chartings, you may add any of the charts to the right →
Additionally, you may add the following charts if the conditions below are met.
If a song has not charted on the
Billboard Hot 100 you may add any of the following →
If a song has charted on neither
Hot Dance Club Songs nor Dance/Electronic Songs you may add any of the following →
If a song has not charted on
Hot Latin Songs you may add any of the following →
If a song did not chart on the
Pop 100 you may add any of the following →
If a song has not charted on
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs you may add any of the following →
If a song has charted on neither
Rock Songs nor Rock Airplay you may add any of the following →

Album charts

Condition Applicable U.S. charts Explanation
If an album has charted on
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums you may not add any of the following →
  • Top R&B Albums
  • Top Rap Albums
Billboard in October 2012 launched the R&B Songs chart and in January 2013, launched the R&B Albums chart as distillations of the main Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The separate R&B song and album charts rank the top 25 songs or albums, but exclude rap titles. Effectively they are a subset and thus component of the main chart.
Notes
  1. ^ a b c In October 2012, Billboard revamped Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to include digital sales, streaming and airplay from all radio formats in its methodology, introduced the similarly-formulated R&B Songs, and employed the same changes to already-existing Hot Rap Songs chart, effectively making it a component chart. Entries on the Hot Rap Songs chart prior to the issue dated October 20, 2012, when the changes took effect, can be listed regardless of other chartings.