Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

Andrew Zaeh
American Authors

The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more

Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.

All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com and Billboardbiz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine.


Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** "Dark Horse" Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
Greatest Gainer No. 4 "Happy" Pharrell
Debut No. 37 "Red Lights" Tiesto
Debut No. 38 "Not A Bad Thing" Justin Timberlake
Debut No. 40 "Headlights" Eminem Featuring Nate Ruess


Adult Contemporary
*** No. 1 (15 weeks)*** "Roar" Katy Perry
Greatest Gainer No. 4 "Counting Stars" OneRepublic
Debut No. 24 "I Hope You Find It" Cher




Adult Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Best Day Of My Life" American Authors
Spotlighted as recently as late November in Billboard's "Bubbling Under" feature heralding rising new acts, American Authors earn their first No. 1 on an airplay chart, as "Best Day of My Life" lifts 2-1 on Adult Pop Songs. First released on the Brooklyn band's self-titled EP, which topped Heatseekers Albums for two weeks in January/February, the song doubles as the lead track from its debut full-length "Oh, What a Life," due on next week's Billboard 200 and Top Rock Albums charts. The song is a band's first career-opening single to rule Adult Pop Songs since the Lumineers' "Ho Hey," which led for eight weeks and became the format's top title of 2013.

Greatest Gainer No. 9 "Happy" Pharrell
Debut No. 32 "Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo Featuring 2 Chainz
Debut No. 38 "The Mother We Share" CHVRCHES
Debut No. 39 "La La La" Naughty Boy Featuring Sam Smith


Dance Club Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Hands Up In The Air" Audio Playground
Greatest Gainer No. 6 "Can't Remember To Forget You" Shakira Featuring Rihanna
Debut No. 28 "Say Something" A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Debut No. 29 "Shiny Disco Balls" Scotty Boy Featuring Sue Cho
Debut No. 45 "Ten Feet Tall" Afrojack Featuring Wrabel
Debut No. 48 "Lift Me Up" Lena Katina
Debut No. 50 "Just Another Night" Icona Pop


Rock Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "Do I Wanna Know?" Arctic Monkeys
Greatest Gainer No. 8 "Come With Me Now" KONGOS
Debut No. 45 "Torn To Pieces" Pop Evil
Debut No. 48 "Lightning Bolt" Pearl Jam
Debut No. 50 "One For The Money" Escape The Fate


Alternative Songs
*** No. 1 (7 weeks)*** "Do I Wanna Know?" Arctic Monkeys
Greatest Gainer No. 8 "Come With Me Now" KONGOS
Debut No. 35 "Deadbolt" SKATERS
Debut No. 36 "Who Needs You" The Orwells
Debut No. 39 "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" Arctic Monkeys
Debut No. 40 "Lanterns" Birds Of Tokyo


Adult Alternative Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** "Come A Little Closer" Cage The Elephant
Greatest Gainer No. 23 "Supernova" Ray LaMontagne
Debut No. 30 "Bad Blood" Bastille


Mainstream Rock Songs
*** No. 1 (7 weeks)*** "Shepherd Of Fire" Avenged Sevenfold
Greatest Gainer No. 2 "Heaven Knows" The Pretty Reckless
Debut No. 25 "Lightning Bolt" Pearl Jam
Debut No. 38 "I'm Glad You're Dead" Bobaflex
Debut No. 39 "Soul To Preach To" Fuel


R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
*** No. 1 (7 weeks)*** "Drunk In Love" Beyonce Featuring Jay Z
Greatest Gainer No. 17 "Partition" Beyonce
Debut No. 43 "Move That Doh" Future Featuring Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino
Debut No. 46 "Cut Her Off" KCamp Featuring 2 Chainz
Debut No. 50 "nEXt" Sevyn Streeter


Adult R&B Songs
*** No. 1 (5 weeks)*** "All Of Me" John Legend
Greatest Gainer No. 3 "Happy" Pharrell
Debut No. 24 "It's My Time" Kelly Price



Debut No. 27 "You're Mine (Eternal)" Mariah Carey
After debuting at No. 12 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (with opening-week sales of 32,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan) two weeks ago, Mariah Carey's "You're Mine (Eternal)" makes its first airplay chart appearances, entering Adult R&B Songs at No. 27 and Rhythmic Songs at No. 39. The ballad previews Carey's May 6 studio album.


Rhythmic Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "Drunk In Love" Beyonce Featuring Jay Z
Greatest Gainer No. 4 "Happy" Pharrell
Debut No. 29 "Partition" Beyonce
Debut No. 39 "You're Mine (Eternal)" Mariah Carey
Debut No. 40 "OG Bobby Johnson" QUE


Rap Airplay
*** No. 1 (7 weeks)*** "Show Me" Kid Ink Featuring Chris Brown
Greatest Gainer No. 7 "Stoner" Young Thug
Debut No. 20 "Trophies" Young Money Featuring Drake
Debut No. 25 "Move That Doh" Future Featuring Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino


Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "When She Says Baby" Jason Aldean
Greatest Gainer No. 5 "I Hold On" Dierks Bentley
Debut No. 45 "Us Again" Chuck Wicks
Debut No. 46 "Play It Again" Luke Bryan
Debut No. 50 "Song About A Girl" Eric Paslay
Debut No. 54 "Look At You" Big & Rich


Latin Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "La Luz" Juanes
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 8 "Adrenalina" Wisin & Ricky Martin Featuring Jennifer Lopez
Debut No. 38 "Moviendo Caderas" Yandel Featuring Daddy Yankee
Debut No. 41 "Corazon En La Maleta" Luis Fonsi
Debut No. 48 "La Nina Mas" Linda" Kevin Ortiz
Debut No. 49 "Soy de Rancho" El Komander


Regional Mexican Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "Hermosa Experiencia" Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 34 "Caiga Quien Caiga" Los Inquietos del Norte
Debut No. 40 "Libre Por Naturaleza" Duelo


Latin Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "El Perdedor" Enrique Iglesias Featuring Marco Antonio Solis
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 9 "Adrenalina" Wisin & Ricky Martin Featuring Jennifer Lopez
Debut No. 20 "Corazon En La Maleta" Luis Fonsi
Debut No. 37 "Irreparable" Jencarlos Canela
Debut No. 38 "Happy" Pharrell
Debut No. 39 "Can't Get Enough" Becky G Featuring Pitbull


Tropical Songs
*** No. 1 (5 weeks)*** "Cambio de Piel" Marc Anthony
Greatest Gainer No. 4 "La Luz" Juanes
Debut No. 36 "Can't Find Love" Jean
Debut No. 39 "Candela" Los Cadillacs
Debut No. 40 "Time" Ricardo Montaner


Christian Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "This Is Amazing Grace" Phil Wickham
Greatest Gainer No. 17 "Press On" Building 429 Featuring Blanca Callahan
Debut No. 42 "Fire And Fury" Skillet
Debut No. 46 "Start A Fire" Unspoken


Gospel Airplay
*** No. 1 (26 weeks)*** "Every Praise" Hezekiah Walker
Debut No. 25 "Faith To Believe" Sheri Jones-Moffett
Debut No. 30 "You Paid It All" Wess Morgan