Top 100 Hot AC Songs 1994-2016

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 2016, 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 (2016) recurrent rules were applied retroactively back to 1994. New this year, bonus points were given for each week in the top 10. Bonus points are also given to #1 songs, with more points given for more weeks at #1, up to a cut off  number of bonus points.  Any song that went more weeks at #1 than the maximum points still received just the maximum.

Finally, a song's points are now 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 original version (through 2011) is also available.

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The Chart!

The Top 50:

Top 100 Songs from 1994-2014

#

Title

Artist

Peak(wks), Year

Score

1

Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) 

Train 

1 (11), 2001 

2.28
2Wherever You Will Go The Calling 1 (20), 2001 2.28
3Smooth Santana f/ Rob Thomas1 (23), 1999 2.27
4You and Me   Lifehouse 1 (10), 2005  2.20
5 Unwell  Matchbox Twenty 1 (20), 2003 2.08

6

How to Save a Life

Fray 

1(12), 2006

2.05

7

Everything You Want

Vertical Horizon

1 (13), 2000

2.05

8

Hanging by a Moment

Lifehouse

1 (6),  2001

1.95

9

3 am 

Matchbox 20 

1 (11), 1998

1.94
10The ReasonHoobastank1 (11), 20041.94
11 I'm Yours Jason Mraz 1 (11), 2008 1.93
12This LoveMaroon 51 (13), 20041.87
13Can't Stop the FeelingJustin Timberlake1 (7), 20161.85
14Here without You
3 Doors Down
1 (14), 2003
1.85
15 If You’re Gone Matchbox 20 1 (10), 2000 1.84

16

Iris

Goo Goo Dolls

1 (15), 1998

1.84
17BentMatchbox Twenty1 (13), 20001.83
18All for YouSister Hazel 1 (8), 19971.82
19Why Don’t You & I?Santana f/ Alex Band1 (9), 20031.80
20Love Song Sara Bareilles 1 (10), 20081.80
21 Complicated  Avril Lavigne 1 (16), 2002  1.77
22Shut Up and DanceWalk the Moon1 (7), 20151.76
23Rolling in the DeepAdele1 (13) 20111.76
24Cheap ThrillsSia1 (7), 20161.76
25She Will Be LovedMaroon 51 (12), 20041.75
26Kiss from a RoseSeal1 (1), 19951.75

27

Use Somebody

Kings of Leon

1 (11), 2009

1.74
28 BubblyColbie Caillat 1 (17), 20071.71
29TornNatalie Imruglia1 (14), 19981.69
30Breakeven
The Script
1 (7), 20101.68
31Because You Loved Me
Celine Dion
1 (12), 1996 1.68
32Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day 1 (10), 20051.67
33Lonely No More Rob Thomas1 (10), 20051.67
34You Found MeFray1 (12), 20091.66
35Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Elton John
1 (12), 1994
1.64
36As I Lay Me DownSophie B. Hawkins1 (7), 19951.63
37Hey Soul SisterTrain1 (6), 2010 1.63
38Don't Speak
No Doubt1 (9) 19971.60
39Bad DayDaniel Powter1 (13), 2005 1.60
40PhotographNickelback1 (13), 20051.60
41F**kin' Perfect (Perfect)Pink1 (7), 20111.58
42Slide
Goo Goo Dolls
1 (1), 19991.57
43Every MorningSugar Ray1 (11), 1999
1.57
44Soak Up the SunSheryl Crow1 (9), 2002 1.57
45Chasing CarsSnow Patrol1 (4), 2006 1.55
46Counting Stars
OneRepublic
1 (4), 2013
1.54
47Just Give Me a ReasonPink1 (12), 2013
1.54
48Ho HeyLumineers1 (8), 20121.52
49ThankyouDido1 (7), 20011.52
50Moves Like JaggerMaroon 5 f/ C. Aguilera1 (4), 2011 1.51

The Bottom 50:

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

#

Title

Artist

Peak(wks),Year

Score
51If You GoJon Secada2 (5), 19941.50
52You Were Meant for MeJewel1 (8), 19971.50
53One HeadlightThe Wallflowers1 (7), 1997 1.50
54With Arms Wide OpenCreed1 (9), 20001.50
55The Game of Love
Santana f/ Michelle Branch1 (11), 20021.48
56Send My Love (To Your New Lover)Adele1 (2), 20161.47
57I'm with YouAvril Lavigne1 (10), 20031.46
58Thinking Out LoudEd Sheeran1 (6), 2015 1.45
59All StarSmash Mouth1 (9), 19991.44
60Someone Like YouAdele1 (8), 20111.43
61Raise Your GlassPink1 (8), 20101.43
62Give Me One ReasonTracy Chapman1 (7), 19961.43
63Good Life
OneRepublic
1 (3), 2011
1.43
64I Don't Want to WaitPaula Cole1 (6), 1997 1.41
65Treat You BetterShawn Mendes1 (6), 20161.41
66HomeDaughtry1 (11), 20071.40
67LightsEllie Goulding4 (4), 20121.40
68Shake It OffTaylor Swift1 (8), 20141.39
69It's Not Over
Daughtry1 (9), 20071.39
70Change the WorldEric Clapton1 (6), 19961.38
71Over My Head (Cable Car)Fray3 (4), 20061.37
72Waiting for the World to ChangeJohn Mayer2 (4), 20061.37
73Superman (It's Not Easy)Five for Fighting1 (4), 20011.37
74UnsteadyX Ambassadors3 (2), 20161.37
75I Love You Always ForeverDonna Lewis1 (6), 19961.36
76Take a BowMadonna1 (8), 19951.35
77F**k You (Forget You)Cee Lo Green2 (4), 20111.34
78Love YourselfJustin Bieber1 (5), 20161.34
79Bleeding LoveLeona Lewis1 (10), 20081.34
80Wild Night
John Mellencamp f/ Me'shell Ndegiocello1 (4), 19941.33
81In the House of Stone and LightMartin Paige1 (1), 19951.33
82Sunny Came HomeShawn Colvin
1 (4), 1997
1.33
83One Sweet DayMariah Carey & Boyz II Men1 (9), 19951.32
84Already GoneKelly Clarkson1 (8), 20091.31
85Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
1 (8), 2010
1.31
86Gotta Be SomebodyNickelback1 (7), 20091.31
87How You Remind Me Nickelback2 (17), 20011.30
88Far AwayNickelback1 (6), 20061.30
89Give a Little BitGoo Goo Dolls 1 (7), 2005 1.30
90She's So High
Tal Bachman1 (4), 19991.29
91Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)Kelly Clarkson1 (8), 20121.29
92Wake Me Up
Avicii1 (4), 20131.28
93Barely Breathing
Duncan Sheik3 (13), 19971.27
94Best Day of My LifeAmerican Authors1 (1), 2014 1.27
95I'm the Only One
Melissa Etheridge1 (6), 19941.27
96Not Over YouGavin DeGraw1 (1), 20121.27
97One ThingFinger Eleven2 (8), 20041.27
98 Blank Space Taylor Swift 1 (6), 2014 1.26
99Mr. Know-It-AllKelly Clarkson1 (6), 20111.25
100California Gurls
Katy Perry1 (9), 20101.25