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The Year in Dance/Electronic Charts 2019: Chainsmokers & Marshmello in Command

The Chainsmokers
Danilo Lewis   

The Chainsmokers

The duo are the No. 1 Top Dance/Electronic Artist for the fourth straight year, earning three spots in the top 10 of the year-end dance albums & songs charts.

The Chainsmokers rule as Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Artist in 2019, becoming the first act ever to be the top artist for four consecutive years (2016-19). The streak eclipses Lady Gaga’s three-year reign, from 2009-11.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the charts dated Nov. 24, 2018, to Nov. 16, 2019. Data registered before or after a title’s chart run is not considered in these standings. That methodology detail, and the December-to-November time period, account for some of the differences between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

The Chainsmokers duo (Drew Taggart and Alex Pall) also ends as the Top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist, placing three titles in the year-end top 10 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chartSick Boy (No. 3), Collage (EP) (No. 4) and Memories…Do Not Open (No. 5). During the 2019 chart year The Chainsmokers enjoyed nine weeks at the top of the weekly Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with Sick and four with World War Joy (EP).

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Plus, the act completes 2019 as the No. 3 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Artist, distributing three tracks in the year-end top 10 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, “This Feeling,” featuring Kelsea Ballerini (No. 6), “Who Do You Love,” featuring 5 Seconds of Summer (No. 7) and “Call You Mine,” with Bebe Rexha (No. 8).

Marshmello concludes 2019 just behind The Chainsmokers, at No. 2 on both the Top Dance/Electronic Artists tally and on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist (more on that below) list. However, and fittingly, Marshmello can toast to being the No. 1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Artist as “Happier,” with Bastille, lands at No. 1 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list.

“Happier” held the No. 1 spot on the weekly Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for the entire year, shattering the record (previously held by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's “The Middle,” 33 weeks at No. 1 in 2018), for the most weeks at No. 1 since the chart’s January 26, 2013 inception.

By the end of the 2019 chart year, “Happier” became only the third song in Billboard chart history, across all formats, to hit at least 60 weeks at No. 1. (The others are Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” (66 weeks at No. 1, 2018-19, Hot Christian Songs) and Hillsong UNITED’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” (61 weeks, 2013-16, Hot Christian Songs). As of press time, “Happier” remains at the top, each week extending its record-setting reign.

Marshmello also debuted 13 tracks on the weekly Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart throughout the year, the most of all acts, closing with 10 songs on the year-end list, also the most. They include top-half finishers “Here With Me,” featuring CHVRCHES (No. 4), “Rescue Me,” featuring A Day To Remember (No. 36) and “Alone” (No. 42).

Speaking of “Alone,” the 2016 track returned to the chart at No. 3 in February, following Marshmello’s virtual, groundbreaking in-game Fortnite concert. Now, the DJ’s Apple Music-exclusive Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set finishes at No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums list. The album enjoyed 18 weeks at No. 1 throughout the year, the most of all sets (The Chainsmokers’ aforementioned Sick Boy’s nine weeks are next). Marshmello also logged another No. 1 during 2019, Joytime III, in July.

Meanwhile, Marshmello ends the year as the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs Artist and the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Artist, followed by The Chainsmokers at No. 2 on both lists. “Happier” earns accolades as the No. 1 title on three additional year-end charts, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

Switching gears, Sam Feldt finishes 2019 as the Top New Dance/Electronic Artist. The Dutch DJ/producer picked up his first-ever entry on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Magnets EP (No. 7, October 5) and earned his first top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with “Post Malone,” featuring RANI. The track, which peaked at No. 4 (also on October 5), places at No. 15 on the final Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list.

French DJ/producer Gesaffelstein ends 2019 as the No. 2 Top New Dance/Electronic Artist, as he earned his first top 10 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums with Hyperion (No. 10, March 23). Gesaffelstein also hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with three tracks during the year, including “Lost In The Fire,” with The Weeknd, which hit No. 3 in January and finishes at No. 11 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list.

DJ Regard closes as the No. 3 Top New Dance/Electronic Artist, all driven by his still building, breakthrough hit “Ride It.” The Ferizaj, Kosovo-based Regard took his newly constructed cover of Jay Sean's 2008 track to the top 10 of most Billboard dance charts, finishing the year on three year-end lists, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (No. 22), Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (No. 36), and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (No. 49).

Ariana Grande grabs honors as both the No. 1 Dance Club Songs Artist and Dance/Mix Show Airplay Artist. Grande got four No. 1s on the weekly Dance Club Songs chart in 2019, the most of any act (David Guetta, Madonna, Mark Ronson and P!nk all follow with three apiece). All four of Grande’s leaders grace the year-end top 50: “7 Rings” (No. 33), “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” (No. 37), “Thank U, Next” (No. 39) and “Breathin” (No. 50).

On the weekly Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, Grande collected three top 10s during the year, second only to Post Malone’s five. Grande’s six total chart hits were the most of all acts, with “Next” notching a No. 19 finish as “Rings” hooks on to the No. 20 spot.

Returning to Dance Club Songs, the No. 1 song of the year belongs to Gorgon City and Kaskade with “Go Slow,” featuring Romeo. The track hit No. 1 on August 17 and was on the top 50 each week from June 1 through October 19, a 21-week run. That longevity was only matched by Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which charted from May 11 – September 28, but which peaked at No. 23 (on June 15).

Madonna returned to Dance Club Songs for the first time in four years, finishing as the No. 5 Dance Club Songs Artist. She scored three record-extending No. 1s, and now leads all acts with 49 toppers since the chart’s August 1976 inception (Rihanna follows with 33). All hailed from her Madame X set: “Medellin,” with Maluma (June 29), “I Rise” (August 31) and “Crave,” with Swae Lee (November 16). For the year, “Medellin” takes No. 27 while “Rise” is No. 31.

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