Ponder This

Since Billboard’s dance radio panel was expanded to include mix-show airplay from top 40 stations in November 2011, the average number of weeks spent on the chart has increased. Despite this asterisk-worthy change, the most enduring song on Billboard’s dance radio chart remains “Let Me Think About It” by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand.  Corr (idacorr.com) is a singer from Denmark.  Le Grand (feddelegrand.com) is a Dutch artist who had two previous hits in 2007:  “Put Your Hands up for Detroit” and “Wheels in Motion” (the latter credited to Funkerman & Fedde Le Grand Present F to the F).

 


For a more balanced view of the top dance artists, check out our list of Megamix core artists.

 

Songs With Legs Since August 2003
Artist, Title (Year) Weeks
Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand, “Let Me Think About It” (2008) 52
Ercola Featuring Daniella, “Every Word” (2008) 46
Motorcycle, “As the Rush Comes” (2004) 45
Kim Sozzi, “Feel Your Love” (2008) 45
Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance” (2009) 44
Krewella, “Alive” (2013) 43
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina, “Stereo Love” (2010) 43
   
Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child” (2013) 39
Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing” (2013) 38
Calvin Harris, “Feel so Close” (2012) 37
Mynt Featuring Kim Sozzi, “How Did You Know?” (2004) 36
Zedd Featuring Foxes, “Clarity” (2013) 36
Cascada, “Everytime We Touch” (2006) 34
Lasgo, “Alone” (2004) 34
Cash Cash Featuring Bebe Rexha, “Take Me Home” (2014) 33
Deborah Cox, “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (2003) 33
Filo & Peri Featuring Eric Lumiere, “Anthem” (2008) 33
The Roc Project Featuring Tina Arena, “Never (Past Tense)” (2003) 33
The Wanted, “Glad You Came” (2012) 33
Martin Solveig & Dragonette, “Hello” (2011) 32
Zedd Featuring Matthew Koma, “Spectrum” (2012) 32
Mr. Probz, “Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” (2014) 31
Rihanna, “Don’t Stop the Music” (2008) 31
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” (2016) 30
Major Lazer x DJ Snake Featuring MO, “Lean On” (2015) 30
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been” (2012) 30
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” (2017) 30
Armin van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie, “This Is What It Feels Like” (2013) 30
   
Avicii, “Levels” (2012) 29
Avicii, “Wake Me Up!” (2013) 29
Bellatrax Featuring Sophia May, “I Can’t Help Myself” (2008) 29
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (2016) 29
Dev Featuring Kanye West or Flo Rida or 50 Cent, “In the Dark” (2011) 29
D.H.T., “Listen to Your Heart” (2005) 29
Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love” (2013) 29
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (2016) 29
Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack U Featuring Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (2015) 29
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay” (2017) 29
Daniel Bedingfield, “If You’re Not the One” (2003) 28
David Guetta Featuring Sia, “Titanium” (2012) 28
Afrojack Featuring Eva Simons, “Take Over Control” (2011) 27
Afrojack & Shermanology, “Can’t Stop Me” (2012) 27
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses” (2016) 27
Deadmau5 Featuring Rob Swire, “Ghosts N Stuff” (2010) 27
Martin Garrix, “Animals” (2014) 27
Guru Josh Project, “Infinity 2008” (2009) 27
Chris Lake Featuring Emma Hewitt, “Carry Me Away” (2007) 27
Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz, “Prayer in C” (2015) 27
Christina Milian, “Dip It Low” (2004) 27
Narcotic Thrust, “I Like It” (2004) 27
Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris, “We Found Love” (2011) 27

 

Contact us for a deeper version of this list (including songs spending at least 25 weeks).

Note that a weekly chart unfairly penalizes songs that build slowly from station to station, a more acute problem when the radio panel is small (fewer than 10 full-time stations in this case) and the chart is short (only 25 positions).  Case in point:  Despite official airplay on every dance station except KNGY Bay Area and Sirius The Beat (no surprise as these two had the shortest weekly playlists), DJ Antoine’s “This Time” never made Billboard’s chart.  Indeed, “This Time” was top 10 at XM BPM (August 2007), KNRJ Phoenix (February 2008), and KNHC Seattle (August 2008).  If you add up this song’s lifetime airplay, it easily beats many hits that made the weekly top 25.  (Note that this chart was expanded to 40 positions in December 2014.)  Click on Megamix and you’ll see that we have addressed this problem with our survey.

More Chart Trivia

While longevity is a good measure of a song’s popularity, some fans only care about who’s on top each week.  This metric tends to favor top 40 hits, especially after November 2011.

 

Longest Running Number Ones Since August 2003
Artist, Title (Year) Weeks
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer” (2016) 20
Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child” (2013) 16
Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” (2009) 15
Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris, “We Found Love” (2011) 14
Calvin Harris, “Summer” (2014) 13
Major Lazer x DJ Snake Featuring MO, “Lean On” (2015) 13
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (2016) 12
Deborah Cox, “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (2003) 11
Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky” (2013) 11
Tiesto, “Red Lights” (2014) 11
Zedd Featuring Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night” (2014) 11
Avicii, “Wake Me Up!” (2013) 10
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses” (2016) 10
Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo, “Let’s Go” (2012) 10
   
David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland, “When Love Takes Over” (2009) 9
Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing” (2013) 9
Charlie Puth, “Attention” (2017) 9
Calvin Harris, “Feel so Close” (2012) 8
Madonna, “Hung Up” (2005) 8
Rihanna, “SOS” (2006) 8
Justin Timberlake Featuring T.I., “My Love” (2006) 8
AnnaGrace, “Let the Feelings Go” (2009) 7
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” (2017) 7
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” (2017) 7
Nelly Furtado, “Say It Right” (2007) 7
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (2015) 7
Madonna, “Sorry” (2006) 7
Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z, “Umbrella” (2007) 7
Alexandra Stan, “Mr. Saxobeat” (2011) 7
Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin, “Save the World” (2011) 7
   
Afrojack Featuring Eva Simons, “Take Over Control” (2011) 6
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (2016) 6
Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone” (2005) 6
Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand, “Let Me Think About It” (2008) 6
Destiny’s Child, “Lose My Breath” (2004) 6
Gotye Featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2012) 6
David Guetta Featuring Akon, “Sexy Chick” (2010) 6
Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding, “Outside” (2015) 6
Calvin Harris Featuring John Newman, “Blame” (2014) 6
Kevin Lyttle Featuring Spragga Benz, “Turn Me On” (2004) 6
Kelly Osbourne, “One Word” (2005) 6
The Pussycat Dolls Featuring Busta Rhymes, “Don’t Cha” (2005) 6
Rihanna, “Disturbia” (2008) 6
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” (2017) 6
Britney Spears, “Gimme More” (2007) 6

 

Contact us for the complete chronological listing.  Beware of the incorrect list on Wikipedia.

Artists with the most No. 1s (lead only):

11 – Rihanna
7 – David Guetta, Madonna
5 – Katy Perry
4 – Beyonce, Pink, Britney Spears

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