Skip to main content

Chart Highlights: Rihanna Tops Dance Club Songs, Young The Giant Returns, Lorde Adds Latin Airplay

Rihanna notches her latest No. 1, Young the Giant returns to rock airwaves and Lorde's "Royals" crosses to Latin radio. Plus, Donald Lawrence takes over atop Gospel Songs.

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 and Billboardbiz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine.

Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** “Wake Me Up!” Avicii
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 27 “The Monster” Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Debut No. 39 “Do What U Want” Lady Gaga Featuring R. Kelly
Debut No. 40 “Love Me Again” John Newman

Adult Contemporary
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** “Roar” Katy Perry
Greatest Gainer No. 15 “Royals” Lorde

Adult Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** “Royals” Lorde
Greatest Gainer No. 18 “Unconditionally” Katy Perry
Debut No. 38 “Pompeii” Bastille
Debut No. 40 “Slow Down” Selena Gomez

Dance Club Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** “What Now” Rihanna
Rihanna notches her 21st Dance Club Songs No. 1, as “What Now” rises 2-1. While trailing overall leader Madonna (43 No. 1s), Rihanna moves further ahead of Janet Jackson (19), Beyonce (18), and Mariah Carey and Kristine W (16 each). Rihanna also bows on Eminem’s “The Monster,” new on Pop Songs at No. 27 (see above). Donna Summer, meanwhile, debuts posthumously at No. 39 with “MacArthur Park 2013.” Her original “MacArthur Park Suite” spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1978. Summer has tallied 14 leaders, including in her prior four visits in 2008-10.

Greatest Gainer No. 5 “Animals” Martin Garrix
Debut No. 39 “MacArthur Park 2013” Donna Summer
Debut No. 40 “We Own The Night” The Wanted
Debut No. 43 “Echoes” Henrik B, Niklas Gustavsson & Peter Johansson
Debut No. 46 “Young And Beautiful” Lana Del Rey
Debut No. 47 “Born To Love You” Clara Lofaro
Debut No. 49 “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” Fatboy Slim & Riva Star
Debut No. 50 “Thinking About You” Calvin Harris Featuring Ayah Marar

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** “Hold On, We’re Going Home” Drake Featuring Majid Jordan
Greatest Gainer No. 4 “It Won’t Stop” Sevyn Streeter Featuring Chris Brown
Debut No. 47 “Ready” B.o.B Featuring Future
Debut No. 50 “Nobody But You” Algebra Blessett

Rap Airplay
*** No. 1 (11 weeks)*** “Holy Grail” Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 17 “The Monster” Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Debut No. 24 “Used 2” 2 Chainz

Rock Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** “Pompeii” Bastille

Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 38 “It’s About Time” Young The Giant
Young the Giant returns with “It’s About Time,” which enters Rock Airplay at No. 38 and Alternative Songs at No. 24 as the Greatest Gainer on each chart. The song previews the band’s second album, “Mind Over Matter,” due Jan. 21. The group’s self-titled debut yielded the top five Alternative Songs hits “My Body” (which reached No. 5) and “Cough Syrup” (No. 3), as well as “Apartment” (No. 26) in 2011-12.

Debut No. 44 “Temple” Kings Of Leon
Debut No. 50 “By And Down” A Perfect Circle

Alternative Songs
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** “Pompeii” Bastille
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 24 “It’s About Time” Young The Giant
Debut No. 39 “Never Never” Korn
Debut No. 40 “Hell And Back” The Airborne Toxic Event

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** “Mine Would Be You” Blake Shelton
Greatest Gainer No. 10 “Drunk Last Night” Eli Young Band
Debut No. 52 “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” Sheryl Crow
Debut No. 59 “Drink A Beer” Luke Bryan

Latin Airplay
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** “Loco” Enrique Iglesias Featuring Romeo Santos
Debut No. 37 “Donde Esta El Amor” Pablo Alboran Featuring Jesse & Joy
Debut No. 42 “Mi Peor Error (Primera Fila)” Alejandra Guzman
Debut No. 45 “Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais
Greatest Gainer “Relacion Clandestina” Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense

Regional Mexican Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** “Ni Que Estuvieras Tan Buena” Calibre 50
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 27 “Relacion Clandestina” Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense

Latin Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (8 weeks)*** “Loco” Enrique Iglesias Featuring Romeo Santos
Greatest Gainer No. 12 “Mi Peor Error (Primera Fila)” Alejandra Guzman

Debut No. 26 “Royals” Lorde
As noted when it debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay two weeks ago (this week it jumps 39-33 on the tally), radio format parameters are beginning to have little effect on Lorde’s “Royals.” The five-week-and-counting Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 has topped Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs and Triple A, while having hit No. 2 so far on Rhythmic and No. 8 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay. In addition to its advance on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, “Royals” is the Greatest Gainer on Adult Contemporary (18-15). Now add Latin as the latest format enthralled by the song, as it debuts on Latin Pop Songs at No. 26. The track should bow on the overall Latin Airplay chart next week.

Debut No. 27 “La Nueva y La Ex” Daddy Yankee
Debut No. 31 “Tranquila” J Balvin
Debut No. 34 “Te Sigo Amando” Angel & Khriz
Debut No. 35 “Solo Busco Amor” Limi-t 21 Featuring Tito “”El Bambino”
Debut No. 37 “Love & Party” Joey Montana Featuring Juan Magan
Debut No. 38 “Me Niegas” Baby Rasta & Gringo

Tropical Songs
*** No. 1 (6 weeks)*** “Propuesta Indecente” Romeo Santos
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 24 “Cambio de Piel” Marc Anthony
Debut No. 26 “Tu Princesa” Gretchen Featuring Gocho
Debut No. 33 “Interesada” Kalimete
Debut No. 36 “Chica Ideal” Chino & Nacho

Christian Songs
*** No. 1 (8 weeks)*** “Overcomer” Mandisa
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 28 “Never Once” one sonic society
Debut No. 45 “Come On Home” OBB
Debut No. 48 “Grace For All” Holly Starr

Gospel Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** “The Gift” Donald Lawrence
Donald Lawrence scores his fourth Gospel Songs No. 1, as “The Gift” reaches the top after five weeks at No. 2. He previously reigned for a whopping 18 weeks in 2006 with “The Blessing of Abraham,” followed by “Encourage Yourself” (13 weeks, 2007) and “Back II Eden” (one week, 2009).

Debut No. 27 “So Good” Joshua Rogers
Debut No. 28 “Made” T’Juan
Greatest Gainer “Beautiful Day” Jamie Grace