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 4/22/94 through 8/4/06. After 8/4/06 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: 36 weeks. "You and Me" by Lifehouse in 2005/2006.

Most Weeks in the top 10: 52 weeks. "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" by Train

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: 29 by Rob Thomas (with Matchbox 20, solo, and duets).

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

Slowest Climb to #1: 35 weeks. "Breakeven" by The Script took 35 weeks to reach #1 in 2009-10.

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.