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Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

Train collects its fourth Adult Pop Songs No. 1 - and the 100th leader since the chart launched in the pages of Billboard in March 1996.

With a 2-1 advance for “If It’s Love,” Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart.

The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an offshoot of the Adult Contemporary chart, a staple of the magazine since 1961.

“Recent years have seen ‘hot AC’ or ‘adult top 40’ stations introduce new modern rock, dance and R&B into their ranks,” wrote then-Billboard adult chart manager Steve Graybow upon the Adult Pop Songs list’s introduction. “While (adult contemporary and adult pop) still share many acts and records, each format has developed its own distinct personality.”


Since its inception, the two formats have continued to exhibit notable differences. Goo Goo Dolls (13), matchbox twenty (12), John Mayer, Nickelback (11 each) and Sheryl Crow (10) – all rock-based acts – have totaled the most top 10s on Adult Pop Songs. In the same span, with lighter fare, Celine Dion (13), Jim Brickman (12), Backstreet Boys, Faith Hill and Elton John (10 each) have tallied the most Adult Contemporary top 10s.

In the Adult Pop Songs archives, Nickelback boasts the most No. 1s, with five. With its latest leader, Train ties Daughtry, matchbox twenty and Rob Thomas (separately, as a solo act) for second-most No. 1s (four).

Train previously reigned with “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (14 weeks, 2001), “Calling All Angels” (five weeks, 2003) and “Hey, Soul Sister” (six weeks, 2010). The band’s first No. 1 retains the record for most weeks spent on the survey: 75, between February 2001 and July 2002.

With two No. 1s in 2010, Train is the first act to ascend to No. 1 twice in the same year since Daughtry in 2007.

“The Adult Pop Songs chart is very valuable,” says Pete Cosenza, senior VP/promotion, adult formats, at Train’s label, Columbia Records. “It continues to be a place that highlights the power of pop music for adults.

“The chart also shows the variety of music that appeals to adults. You can see how so many of the format’s hit songs and artists are a big part of pop culture.”

In honor of the survey’s milestone No. 1, here is a look at the 100 Adult Pop Songs chart champions. While early No. 1s included adult contemporary-leaning acts such as Mariah Carey, Dion and Eric Clapton, the Lilith Fair boom of the late ’90s (Jewel, Paula Cole, Sarah McLachlan) ushered in a rockier era (3 Doors Down, the Fray, Coldplay) that has embodied the chart’s core sound since.

1 “One Sweet Day” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (the only duet to top the chart)
2 “Time” Hootie & the Blowfish
3 “Because You Loved Me” Celine Dion
4 “Give Me One Reason” Tracy Chapman
5 “Change the World” Eric Clapton
6 “I Love You Always Forever” Donna Lewis
7 “Head Over Feet” Alanis Morissette

8 “Don’t Speak” No Doubt

9 “You Were Meant for Me” Jewel
10 “One Headlight” the Wallflowers
11 “Sunny Came Home” Shawn Colvin
12 “All for You” Sister Hazel
13 “Foolish Games” Jewel
14 “I Don’t Want to Wait” Paula Cole
15 “Tubthumping” Chumbawamba

16 “Walkin’ on the Sun” Smash Mouth
17 “3 AM” matchbox 20 (the first of Rob Thomas’ eight trips to No. 1, the most of any artist’s combined solo and group careers)
18 “Torn” Natalie Imbruglia
19 “Iris” Goo Goo Dolls
20 “Thank U” Alanis Morissette
21 “Lullaby” Shawn Mullins

22 “Angel” Sarah McLachlan
23 “Slide” Goo Goo Dolls
24 “Every Morning” Sugar Ray
25 “Livin’ La Vida Loca” Ricky Martin
26 “All Star” Smash Mouth

27 “She’s So High” Tal Bachman
28 “Smooth” Santana featuring Rob Thomas (longest command – 25 weeks – in the chart’s history)

29 “Everything You Want” Vertical Horizon
30 “Breathe” Faith Hill
31 “Bent” matchbox twenty
32 “With Arms Wide Open” Creed
33 “If You’re Gone” matchbox twenty

34 “Thank You” Dido
35 “Follow Me” Uncle Kracker
36 “Hanging by a Moment” Lifehouse
37 “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” Train
38 “Only Time” Enya
39 “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” Five for Fighting
40 “Wherever You Will Go” the Calling (the longest domination for an act’s debut single, and second-longest overall – 23 weeks)

41 “Soak Up the Sun” Sheryl Crow
42 “Complicated” Avril Lavigne (the longest reign by a female artist – 16 weeks)

43 “The Game of Love” Santana featuring Michelle Branch

44 “I’m With You” Avril Lavigne
45 “Unwell” matchbox twenty
46 “Calling All Angels” Train
47 “Why Don’t You & I” Santana featuring Alex Band or Chad Kroeger
48 “Here Without You” 3 Doors Down

49 “The First Cut Is the Deepest” Sheryl Crow
50 “Someday” Nickelback
51 “My Immortal” Evanescence
52 “This Love” Maroon 5
53 “The Reason” Hoobastank
54 “She Will Be Loved” Maroon 5
55 “Daughters” John Mayer

56 “Give a Little Bit” Goo Goo Dolls
57 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Green Day

58 “Lonely No More” Rob Thomas
59 “You and Me” Lifehouse
60 “Behind These Hazel Eyes” Kelly Clarkson (the first of six No. 1s by “American Idol” finalists)
61 “Photograph” Nickelback

62 “You’re Beautiful” James Blunt
63 “Bad Day” Daniel Powter (the longest rule by a lead male artist – 12 weeks)
64 “Black Horse & the Cherry Tree” KT Tunstall
65 “Crazy” Gnarls Barkley
66 “Far Away” Nickelback
67 “How to Save a Life” the Fray

68 “Chasing Cars” Snow Patrol
69 “It’s Not Over” Daughtry
70 “If Everyone Cared” Nickelback
71 “Home” Daughtry
72 “Hey There Delilah” Plain White T’s
73 “Big Girls Don’t Cry” Fergie
74 “Who Knew” Pink
75 “Bubbly” Colbie Caillat

76 “Apologize” Timbaland featuring OneRepublic
77 “Love Song” Sara Bareilles
78 “Feels Like Tonight” Daughtry
79 “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis
80 “It’s Not My Time” 3 Doors Down
81 “Viva La Vida” Coldplay
82 “I’m Yours” Jason Mraz
83 “So What” Pink

84 “Hot N Cold” Katy Perry


85 “Gotta Be Somebody” Nickelback
86 “You Found Me” the Fray
87 “Sober” Pink (the only artist to link three consecutive No. 1s)
88 “Gives You Hell” the All-American Rejects
89 “Second Chance” Shinedown
90 “Her Diamonds” Rob Thomas
91 “No Surprise” Daughtry
92 “Use Somebody” Kings of Leon
93 “Already Gone” Kelly Clarkson

94 “Fireflies” Owl City
95 “Someday” Rob Thomas
96 “Hey, Soul Sister” Train
97 “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum (song set the record for most weekly plays – 4,129 – according to Nielsen BDS)
98 “Breakeven” the Script
99 “California Gurls” Katy Perry
100 “If It’s Love” Train