Top 100 Hot AC Songs 1994-2017

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 (2017) recurrent rules were applied retroactively back to 1994. New this year,  more points were given for more weeks at #1, with no limit.

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 1994-2017

#

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
4Shape of You   Ed Sheeran1 (12), 2017  2.50
5 Bubbly Colbie Caillat  1 (17), 2007 2.44

6

Complicated 

Avril Lavigne

1 (16), 2002

2.36

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
19The ReasonHoobastank1 (11), 20041.94
20Because You Loved MeCeline Dion1 (12), 19961.88
21 She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 1 (12), 2004 1.86
22Can You Feel the Love TonightElton John1 (12), 19941.85
23Kiss from a RoseSeal1 (11), 19951.85
24Bad DayDaniel Powter1 (13), 2005 1.84
25PhotographNickelback1 (13), 20051.84
26Use SomebodyKings of Leon1 (11), 20091.83

27

Hanging by a Moment

Lifehouse

1 (6), 2001

1.83
28You Found MeFray1 (12), 20091.83
29If You're Gone
Matchbox 20
1 (10), 2000
1.81
30All for YouSister Hazel1 (8), 19971.81
31Shut Up and Dance
WALK THE MOON
1 (7), 20151.76
32Just Give Me a ReasonPink 1 (12), 20131.74
33Love SongSara Bareilles1 (10), 20081.72
34Breakeven
The Script
1 (7), 2010
1.68
35Why Don't You and I?
Santana f/ Alex Band
1 (9), 2003
1.67
36As I Lay Me DownSophie B. Hawkins1 (7), 19951.62
37Lonely No More
Rob Thomas
1 (10), 2005
1.62
38Hey Soul SisterTrain1 (6), 2010 1.62
39Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day
1 (10), 2005
1.60
40Something Just Like This
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
1 (7), 2017
1.60
41Don't SpeakNo Doubt1 (9) 19971.58
42F**kin' Perfect (Perfect)Pink1 (7), 20111.56
43Chasing CarsSnow Patrol1 (4), 20061.53
44Counting StarsOneRepublic1 (4), 20131.52
45Ho HeyLumineers1 (8), 20121.52
46The Game of LoveSantana f/ Michelle Branch1 (11), 20021.52
47Soak Up the SunSheryl Crow1 (9), 20021.51
48Can't Stop the Feeling
Justin Timberlake
1 (7), 2016
1.50
49Believer
Imagine Dragons
1 (6), 2017
1.50
50ThankyouDido1 (7), 20011.49

The Bottom 50:

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

#

Title

Artist

Peak(wks),Year

Score
51SlideGoo Goo Dolls1 (1), 19991.49
52Every MorningSugar Ray1 (11), 19991.49
53Cheap ThrillsSia1 (7), 2016 1.49
54If You GoJon Secada2 (5), 19941.49
55You Were Meant for Me
Jewel
1 (8), 1997
1.48
56Moves Like JaggerMaroon 5 f/ Christina Aguilera1 (4), 20111.48
57One HeadlightWallflowers1 (7), 19971.48
58With Arms Wide OpenCreed1 (9), 2000 1.47
59Thinking Out LoudEd Sheeran1 (6), 20051.45
60HomeDaughtry1 (11), 20071.43
61Give Me One ReasonTracy Chapman1 (7), 19961.42
62Someone Like You
Adele
1 (8), 2011
1.41
63Raise Your Glass
Pink
1 (8), 2010
1.41
64Good LifeOneRepublic1 (3), 20111.41
65I Don't Want to WaitPaula Cole1 (6), 19971.40
66I'm with YouAvril Lavigne1 (10), 2003
1.40
67Shake It OffTaylor Swift1 (8), 20141.39
68It's Not OverDaughtry1 (9), 20071.37
69Don't Wanna Know
Maroon 5 f/ K. Lemar
1 (9), 2016
1.37
70Change the WorldEric Clapton1 (6), 19961.36
71Waiting for the World to ChangeJohn Mayer2 (4), 20061.35
72I Love You Always ForeverDonna Lewis1 (6), 19961.35
73There's Nothing Holdin' Me BackShawn Mendes1 (5), 20171.33
74Take a BowMadonna1 (8), 19951.33
75Over My Head (Cable Car)Fray
3 (4), 2006
1.33
76Bleeding LoveLeona Lewis1 (10), 20081.32
77Sunny Came HomeShawn Colvin1 (4), 19971.32
78Wild NightJohn Mellencamp f/ Me'shell Ndegiocello1 (4), 19941.32
79In the House of Stone and LightMartin Paige1 (1), 19951.32
80One Sweet DayMariah Carey & Boyz II Men1 (9), 19951.31
81Already GoneKelly Clarkson1 (8), 20091.30
82Treat You Better
Shawn Mendes
1 (6), 2016
1.29
83All Star
Smash Mouth
1 (9), 1999
1.29
84Gotta Be SomebodyNickelback1 (7), 20091.29
85Superman (It's Not Easy)
Five for Fighting1 (4), 2001
1.29
86Far AwayNickelback1 (6), 20061.29
87Need You NowLady Antebellum1 (8), 20101.28
88Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
KT Tunstall
1 (6), 2006
1.28
89Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)Kelly Clarkson1 (8), 20121.28
90Barely BreathingDuncan Sheik3 (13), 19971.26
91Best Day of My LifeAmerican Authors1 (1), 2014 1.26
92I'm the Only OneMelissa Etheridge1 (6), 19941.26
93Blank SpaceTaylor Swift1 (6), 20141.25
94Not Over YouGavin DeGraw1 (1), 20121.25
95Give a Little Bit
Goo Goo Dolls
1 (7), 2005
1.24
96Mr. Know-It-AllKelly Clarkson1 (6), 20111.24
97California GurlsKaty Perry1 (9), 20101.23
98 How You Remind Me
Nickelback
2 (17), 2001
1.22
99Again
Lenny Kravitz
1 (2), 2000
1.22
100One ThingFinger Eleven2 (8), 20041.21