Chart Feats

This section lists chart feats and achievements for the Hot AC chart. The chart used was the Radio and Records Hot AC chart from 22 April 1994 through 4 August 2006. After 4 August 2006 the Mediabase Hot AC chart is used. These records are for the entire 30 or 40 position chart, not just the top 20 that American Top 20 used.

Notes: The R&R Hot AC chart was 30 positions in length until the chart dated May 17, 2002, when it expanded to 40 positions. Also, the recurrent rule for the chart has changed a few times from the chart's inception in 1994. Currently, the recurrent rule for the Mediabase chart is : Songs are removed from the chart after 20 weeks if the song falls below #10, and songs below #10 are removed from the chart after 20 weeks and 2 weeks without a bullet.

"Most Weeks" records did not include weeks that R&R did not publish during the holidays.


Most Weeks at #1: 23 weeks. "Smooth" by Santana f/ Rob Thomas spent 23 weeks at number one in 1999-2000. (For AT20 HAC, add 2 weeks for the 2 week break that R&R used to take).

Most Weeks at #2 (for a song that peaked at #2): 17 weeks. "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback spent 17 weeks at number 2 in 2001-2002.

Most Weeks at #3 (for a song that peaked at #3): 13 weeks. "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik in 1997.

Most Weeks at any peak position outside the top 5: 8 weeks. "Breathe (2am)" by Anna Nalick spent 8 weeks at number 6 in 2005, 

"Issues" by Julia Michaels spent 8 weeks at #8 in 2017,

"Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato spent 8 weeks at #12 in 2015,

"Wordplay" by Jason Mraz spent 8 weeks at #17 in 2005, and

"Feel Good Inc" by Gorillaz spent 8 weeks at #19 in 2005.

Most Weeks on the Chart: 71 weeks. "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" by Train spent 71 weeks on the chart in 2001 to 2002.

Most weeks in the top 5: 49 weeks. "Blinding Lights" by the Weeknd in 2020/2021.

Most Weeks in the top 10: 61 weeks. "Stay" by the Kid LAORI & Justin Bieber in 2021/2022

Most Consecutive Weeks in the top 10 with different songs: 107 weeks (counting the holiday breaks), Nickelback.

Most Weeks in the top 20: 68 weeks. "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" by Train

Highest Debut: #10. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift debuted at number 10 on the August 24, 2014 chart.


Most charted songs on the Hot AC chart:  41 by Taylor Swift (Includes featured appearances).

Fastest Climb to #1: 5 weeks. "Hello" by Adele in 2015.

Slowest Climb to #1: 45 weeks. "The Bones" by Maren Morris took 45 weeks to reach #1 in 2019-20.

Biggest Move to #1: 5-1. "Happy" by Pharrell moved 5-1 in 2014.

Longest Time to Reach Top 10: 34 weeks. "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran took 34 weeks to reach the top 10 in 2012.


This page last updated 6 January 2024