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The Dance Club Songs chart[1] (previously known as Hot Dance Club Songs, Club Play Singles, Hot Dance Club Play, Hot Dance/Disco and Disco Action) is a weekly national survey of the songs that are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. It is compiled by Billboard exclusively from playlists submitted by nightclub disc jockeys who must apply and meet certain criteria to become "Billboard-reporting DJs."

The current number-one song on the Dance Club Songs chart for the issue dated November 5, 2016, is "I Love You Always Forever " by Betty Who[2]


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.[3]

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 only).

Only Hot Dance Club Songs still exists today.[4] 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.[5] 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, Hot 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. [6]

Statistics and Record World data[edit]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Artist achievements[edit]

Most number-ones[edit]

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 2015 is the only living and active artist to have charted continuously since 1982.[7] "Holiday"/"Lucky Star" (1983) marked her first number-one on the chart, with "Bitch I'm Madonna" (2015) being her most recent.[8]

Fourteen number-ones or more
Position Artist name Tally of number-ones Ref.
1 Madonna 46 [9]
2 Rihanna 27
3 Beyoncé 22
4 Janet Jackson 19
5 Mariah Carey 17
6 Kristine W 16 (tie)
Jennifer Lopez
Katy Perry
9 Donna Summer 15
10 Lady Gaga 14 (tie)
Enrique Iglesias

Most consecutive number-ones[edit]

Katy Perry looking straight and smiling.
Katy Perry holds the record the most consecutive number-one songs with an unbroken streak of 16.[10]
Number of songs Artist name First hit and date Last hit and date Streak breaking song and date
16 Katy Perry "Waking Up in Vegas"[11]
(August 22, 2009)
(October 22, 2016)
Unbroken streak[9]
11 Jennifer Lopez "Qué Hiciste"[12]
(June 23, 2007)
"Live It Up"[12]
(July 20, 2013)
"I Luh Ya Papi
(featuring French Montana)[13][14]
(#5, June 28, 2014)
9 Kristine W "Feel What You Want"[15]
(July 23, 1994)
"The Wonder of It All"[16]
(January 2, 2005)
"I'll Be Your Light"[17][18]
(#2, February 26, 2006)
Beyoncé "Diva"[19]
(March 28, 2009)
(December 24, 2011)
"End of Time"[21]
(#33, March 3, 2012)

Most number-one in a calendar year[edit]

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Rihanna has had four number-one songs in four different calendar years, and is one of only four acts to have attained four chart toppers in a calendar year.[22]
Number of songs Artist name Year charted Name of songs Ref.
4 Rihanna 2007 "We Ride", "Umbrella" (featuring Jay Z), "Don't Stop the Music", "Shut Up and Drive" [22]
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[edit]

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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.[23]
Artist Songs Time span Ref.
Lady Gaga "Poker Face" (first, February 21, 2009)
"Bad Romance"
"Telephone", featuring Beyoncé
"Video Phone", Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga
"Born This Way"
"The Edge of Glory" (tenth, August 4, 2011)
Two years, five months and three weeks [23]
Katy Perry "Waking Up in Vegas" (first, August 22, 2009)
"California Gurls", featuring Snoop Dogg
"Teenage Dream"
"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 [11]
Rihanna "Pon de Replay" (first, October 8, 2005)
"We Ride"
"Umbrella", featuring Jay-Z
"Don't Stop the Music"
"Shut Up and Drive"
"Russian Roulette"
"Hard" featuring Jeezy (tenth, March 6, 2010)
Four years, five months [23]

Song achievements[edit]

Shortest climbs to number-one[edit]

Longest climbs to number-one[edit]


Biggest jump to number one[edit]

Number-one songs covered by different artists[edit]

Album achievements[edit]

Most number-one songs from one album[edit]

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"
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
"The One That Got Away"
Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce 6 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
"Sweet Dreams"
"Why Don't You Love Me"
"Video Phone"
Kristine W The Power of Music "The Boss"
"Love Is the Look"
"Be Alright"
"The Power of Music"
Madonna American Life 5 "Die Another Day"
"American Life"
"Nothing Fails"
"Love Profusion"
Lady Gaga Born This Way "Born This Way"
"The Edge of Glory"
"Yoü and I"
"Marry the Night"
Katy Perry Prism "Roar"
"Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J)
"This Is How We Do"

Records and other notable achievements[edit]

  • The first 12-inch single made commercially available to the public was "Ten Percent" by Double Exposure in 1976.[3]
  • The first number one on Billboard's Disco Action chart was "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Gloria Gaynor in 1974.[3]
  • The first number one on Billboard's National Disco Action Top 30 was "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees in 1976.[3]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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, two tracks from Fame (Irene Cara, Linda Clifford) and in 1985 two songs from Beverly Hills Cop (Patti LaBelle, Harold Faltermeyer) hit number one together.
  • Madonna holds the record for the most chart hits, the most top-twenty hits, the most top-ten hits[43] and the most total weeks at number one (74 weeks).[7]
  • 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").[3]
  • 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.[44]
  • "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.
  • 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.[45]
  • Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi's collaboration with Dave Aude, "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.[46]
  • 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,[47] and again in 2016 as a featured duet with Mylene Farmer for "Stolen Car." In both cases, they were also remixed by Dave Aude, which is another first on this chart that a remixer reached number one with a song he remixed twice.[48]
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[edit]


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  40. ^ Prism's five number-one songs:
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