Top 100 Hot AC Songs 1994-2018

Based on Radio and Records/Mediabase 24/7 Hot AC Chart*

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Explanation

For each song that charted from the first Hot AC chart in April 1994 to the final chart week of December 2017, points were calculated based on the song's position on each individual chart. (Chart Purists will say that this chart is meaningless, but it's just for fun!).

Due to ever changing recurrent rules by Mediabase, songs now spend a lot less time on average on the chart than earlier in Hot AC history. This makes comparing points between songs of different years almost meaningless. Also, the previous method did not weight #1 songs any more than other songs. Thus songs with longevity would regularly beat number ones. To account for these issues, yet another new method was used.


The current (2018) recurrent rules were applied retroactively back to 1994. 

Finally, a song's points are divided by the average points for the top 20 songs of the year in which the song debuted. This gives a value of how much the song dominated over the other songs during its time. These new values are then compared to see how songs rank with other songs across the years. Note: Values are calculated to several decimal places, but the chart below rounds to the nearest one-hundredth.

It should be noted that R&R changed the Hot AC chart from a 30 position chart to a 40 position chart in 2002. Thus, to be fair, points were calculated for all years as if the charts had 40 positions. Data from August 2006 through the present is from the Published Mediabase 24/7 Hot AC chart.


The Chart!

The Top 50:

Top 100 Songs from 1994-2018

#

Title

Artist

Peak(wks), Year

Score

1

Smooth

Santana f/ Rob Thomas 

1 (23), 1999 

3.75
2Wherever You Will Go The Calling 1 (20), 2001 3.37
3Unwell Matchbox Twenty1 (20), 20033.05
4 Bubbly Colbie Caillat  1 (17), 2007 2.44
5Complicated Avril Lavigne1 (16), 20022.36

6

Girls Like You

Maroon 5 f/ Cardi B

1 (14), 2018

2.33

7

Iris

Goo Goo Dolls

1 (15), 1998

2.30

8

How to Save a Life

Fray

1 (12), 2006

2.22

9

Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)

Train 

1 (11), 2001

2.14
10You and MeLifehouse1 (10), 20052.14
11 Everything You Want Vertical Horizon 1 (13), 2000 2.12
12BentMatchbox Twenty1 (13), 20002.11
13Here without You3 Doors Down1 (14), 20032.08
14This Love
Maroon 5
1 (13), 2004
2.08
15 Rolling in the Deep Adele 1 (13), 2011 2.05

16

3 AM 

Matchbox 20

1 (11), 1998

2.03
17TornNatalie Imbruglia1 (14), 19982.03
18I'm YoursJason Mraz1 (11), 20082.00
19Shape of YouEd Sheeran1 (12), 20171.99
20The ReasonHoobastank1 (11), 20041.94
21Because You Loved MeCeline Dion1 (12), 19961.88
22 She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 1 (12), 2004 1.86
23Can You Feel the Love TonightElton John1 (12), 19941.85
24Kiss from a RoseSeal1 (11), 19951.85
25Bad DayDaniel Powter1 (13), 2005 1.84
26PhotographNickelback1 (13), 20051.84
27Use SomebodyKings of Leon1 (11), 20091.83

28

Hanging by a Moment

Lifehouse

1 (6), 2001

1.83
29You Found MeFray1 (12), 20091.83
30If You're Gone
Matchbox 20
1 (10), 2000
1.81
31All for YouSister Hazel1 (8), 19971.81
32Perfect Ed Sheeran1 (10), 20181.79
33Shut Up and Dance
WALK THE MOON
1 (7), 20151.76
34Just Give Me a ReasonPink 1 (12), 20131.74
35Love SongSara Bareilles1 (10), 20081.72
36Breakeven
The Script
1 (7), 2010
1.68
37Why Don't You and I?
Santana f/ Alex Band
1 (9), 2003
1.67
38As I Lay Me DownSophie B. Hawkins1 (7), 19951.62
39Lonely No More
Rob Thomas
1 (10), 2005
1.62
40Hey Soul SisterTrain1 (6), 2010 1.62
41Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day
1 (10), 2005
1.60
42Don't SpeakNo Doubt1 (9) 19971.58
43F**kin' Perfect (Perfect)Pink1 (7), 20111.56
44Delicate Taylor Swift 1 (4), 2018 1.54
45Chasing CarsSnow Patrol1 (4), 20061.53
46Counting StarsOneRepublic1 (4), 20131.52
47Ho HeyLumineers1 (8), 20121.52
48The Game of LoveSantana f/ Michelle Branch1 (11), 20021.52
49Soak Up the SunSheryl Crow1 (9), 20021.51
50Can't Stop the Feeling
Justin Timberlake
1 (7), 2016
1.50

The Bottom 50:

(#, Title, Artist, Peak position, year, Points)

#

Title

Artist

Peak(wks),Year

Score
51ThankyouDido1 (7), 20011.49
52SlideGoo Goo Dolls1 (1), 19991.49
53Every MorningSugar Ray1 (11), 19991.49
54Cheap ThrillsSia1 (7), 2016 1.49
55If You GoJon Secada2 (5), 19941.49
56You Were Meant for Me
Jewel
1 (8), 1997
1.48
57Moves Like JaggerMaroon 5 f/ Christina Aguilera1 (4), 20111.48
58One HeadlightWallflowers1 (7), 19971.48
59With Arms Wide OpenCreed1 (9), 2000 1.47
60Thinking Out LoudEd Sheeran1 (6), 20051.45
61HomeDaughtry1 (11), 20071.43
62Give Me One ReasonTracy Chapman1 (7), 19961.42
63Someone Like You
Adele
1 (8), 2011
1.41
64Raise Your Glass
Pink
1 (8), 2010
1.41
65Good LifeOneRepublic1 (3), 20111.41
66I Don't Want to WaitPaula Cole1 (6), 19971.40
67I'm with YouAvril Lavigne1 (10), 2003
1.40
68The MiddleZedd/Maren Morris/Grey1 (6), 20181.39
69Shake It OffTaylor Swift1 (8), 20141.39
70It's Not OverDaughtry1 (9), 20071.37
71Don't Wanna Know
Maroon 5 f/ K. Lemar
1 (9), 2016
1.37
72Change the WorldEric Clapton1 (6), 19961.36
73Waiting for the World to ChangeJohn Mayer2 (4), 20061.35
74I Love You Always ForeverDonna Lewis1 (6), 19961.35
75Take a BowMadonna1 (8), 19951.33
76Over My Head (Cable Car)Fray
3 (4), 2006
1.33
77Bleeding LoveLeona Lewis1 (10), 20081.32
78Sunny Came HomeShawn Colvin1 (4), 19971.32
79Wild NightJohn Mellencamp f/ Me'shell Ndegiocello1 (4), 19941.32
80In the House of Stone and LightMartin Paige1 (1), 19951.32
81One Sweet DayMariah Carey & Boyz II Men1 (9), 19951.31
82Thunder Imagine Dragons 1 (7), 2018 1.31
83Already GoneKelly Clarkson1 (8), 20091.30
84Treat You Better
Shawn Mendes
1 (6), 2016
1.29
85All Star
Smash Mouth
1 (9), 1999
1.29
86Gotta Be SomebodyNickelback1 (7), 20091.29
87Superman (It's Not Easy)
Five for Fighting1 (4), 2001
1.29
88Far AwayNickelback1 (6), 20061.29
89Need You NowLady Antebellum1 (8), 20101.28
90Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
KT Tunstall
1 (6), 2006
1.28
91Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)Kelly Clarkson1 (8), 20121.28
92Something Just Like ThisThe Chainsmokers & Coldplay1 (7), 20171.27
93Barely BreathingDuncan Sheik3 (13), 19971.26
94Best Day of My LifeAmerican Authors1 (1), 2014 1.26
95I'm the Only OneMelissa Etheridge1 (6), 19941.26
96Blank SpaceTaylor Swift1 (6), 20141.25
97Not Over YouGavin DeGraw1 (1), 20121.25
98Give a Little Bit
Goo Goo Dolls
1 (7), 2005
1.24
99Mr. Know-It-AllKelly Clarkson1 (6), 20111.24
100California GurlsKaty Perry1 (9), 20101.23