The Year in Dance/Electronic Charts: The Chainsmokers, Marshmello & Calvin Harris Dominate

Danilo Lewis
The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are the No. 1 Top Dance/Electronic Artist for the third consecutive year as "Memories…Do Not Open" leads the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

The Chainsmokers conclude 2018 the same way they did 2017 and 2016, as Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Artist. It’s the second time an act has reigned for three consecutive years, equaling Lady Gaga’s 2009-’11 run.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the charts dated Dec. 2, 2017, to Nov. 17, 2018. 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 DJ duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall also ends as the Top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist, with Memories…Do Not Open finishing at No. 1, for the second straight year, on the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Incredibly, the set spent 38 weeks at No. 1 during the chart year (running from Dec. 2, 2017 through Nov. 17, 2018) while the only other album to log multiple weeks at the top was Avicii’s True (two, following his death, more on him below). With 46 total weeks at No. 1 since its 2017 release, Memories only trails Lady Gaga’s The Fame, which owns 108 weeks at No. 1, for the most since the chart’s July 2001 inaugural.

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Memories track “Something Just Like This,” with Coldplay, comes in at No. 3 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, just off its No. 1 finish last year. “Something,” which spent 25 weeks at No. 1 in the 2017 chart year, set a new longevity record in 2018, enjoying 79 total weeks on the chart from March 2017 – September 2018. That’s far above the previous mark for most weeks on the chart, held by Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” featuring MO, which logged 61 weeks from March 2015 – May 2016.

The Chainsmokers place six more songs on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs tally in 2018, bringing its career total to 29 chart hits. Only three acts have more since the chart’s January 2013 inception: David Guetta (37), Calvin Harris (35) and Avicii (30). Four of The Chainsmokers’ six year-end finishers on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs recap went top 10 on the weekly Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart during the 2018 chart year: “Everybody Hates Me” (No. 5, March 31), “Somebody,” with Drew Love (No. 8, May 26), “Side Effects,” featuring Emily Warren (No. 7, Aug. 11) and “This Feeling,” featuring Kelsea Ballerini (No. 5, Oct. 6). (The latter tune is still on the chart, and growing at press time, and its likely it will factor into the 2019 year-end charts.)

Including “Something,” The Chainsmokers totaled five top 10s in 2018, the most of all acts (David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Marshmello follow with four each). With 13 career top 10s, The Chainsmokers are second only to Calvin Harris’ 16 since the chart’s inception.

Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle” grabbed the No. 1 year-end spot on a slew of charts, including Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales. The trio’s track also set a longevity mark in 2018, ruling Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for 33 weeks. “Middle” overcame The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” (featuring Halsey), which spent 27 weeks at No. 1 in 2016-’17.

Zedd also scores two additional tracks in the year-end top 50, “Stay,” with Alessia Cara (No. 12) and “Happy Now,” with Elley Duhe (No. 22), contributing to his No. 2 placement on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Artists list.

Marshmello achieves the No. 1 spot on that same list, totaling three tracks in the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs year-end top 10: “Wolves,” with Selena Gomez (No. 2), “Silence,” featuring Khalid (No. 5) and “Happier,” with Bastille (No. 7). Marshmello’s 17 hits on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs during the chart year were the most of all acts (David Guetta followed with 14).

Marshmello also closes 2018 as the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs Artist, with “Silence” at No. 2, “Wolves” at No. 3, and “Alone” at No. 6. Additionally, he was the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Artist, with “Wolves” at No. 2, “Silence” at No. 6 and “Happier” at No. 7. Plus, the masked DJ/producer completes the year as the No. 3 Dance/Mix Show Airplay Artist and the No. 11 Dance Club Songs Artist.

Calvin Harris was huge again in 2018, completing the year as the No. 2 Top Dance/Electronic Artist. His Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 finishes at No. 2 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums list, and Harris was the No. 3 Top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist. Funk began the chart year, on December 2, 2017, at No. 1 (the final of its 17 weeks at the top in 2017) and then spent the entire year bouncing about the top 10. The continued steady performance of Harris’ previous No. 1s, 18 Months and Motion, also contributed to his high year-end placement.

Harris’ house track with Dua Lipa, “One Kiss,” ends at No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, No. 3 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, No. 4 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, No. 5 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and No. 10 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.

Dua Lipa, for her part, was the No. 1 Artist for both Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay. In addition to “Kiss” (which was No. 1 the week of June 2) she topped Dance Club Songs with “IDGAF” on April 28. “Electricity,” with Silk City, actually topped the chart the week after the chart year concluded, on Nov. 24 (though it had weeks of activity before it hit No. 1).

Lipa’s “New Rules” reigned atop Dance/Mix Show Airplay for the four weeks of February, and “Kiss” crowned the chart for 10 weeks from June – August, a No. 1 run second only to the 11 weeks logged by “The Middle.” Her 14 total weeks at the Dance/Mix Show Airplay summit were the most of all acts.

Meanwhile, Sofi Tukker scores as the Top New Dance/Electronic Artist, earning at No. 22 placement on the overall Top Dance/Electronic Artists list. On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, the duo’s “Best Friend,” featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, peaked at No. 5 on January 27 and ends the year at No. 17.

Finally, Avicii was remembered on the year-end charts in 2018 following his April 20 death at only 28-years-old. The Top Dance/Electronic Artist of 2014 finished 2018 at No. 7, with two tracks touching the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list: “Lonely Together,” featuring Rita Ora (No. 42) and “Wake Me Up!” (No. 49). Plus, he scores at No. 6 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist list, with True, his last original studio album, ending at No. 16 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums.

Billboard Year in Music 2018


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