Billboard Hot 100

The current Billboard Hot 100 logo

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales (physical and digital), radio play, and online streaming in the United States.[1]

The weekly tracking period for sales was initially Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July 2015. This tracking period also applies to compiling online streaming data. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming, is readily available on a real-time basis, is also tracked on a Friday to Thursday cycle effective with the chart dated July 17, 2021[2] (previously Monday to Sunday and before July 2015, Wednesday to Tuesday[3]). A new chart is compiled and released on line to the public by Billboard website on Tuesdays but post-dated to the following Saturday when the printed magazine first reaches newsstands.[4]

The first number-one song of the Billboard Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson, on August 4, 1958.[5] As of the issue for the week ending on March 18, 2023, the Billboard Hot 100 has had 1,147 different number-one entries. The chart's current number-one song is "Last Night" by Morgan Wallen.[6]

  1. ^ "Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200". Billboard. May 1, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2021.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Trust, Gary (July 12, 2021). "BTS' 'Butter' Leads Hot 100 for Seventh Week, Lil Nas X's 'Montero' Returns to Top Five". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Billboard to Alter Chart Tracking Week for Global Release Date". Billboard. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "Billboard Charts Legend". Billboard. January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
  5. ^ "Ricky Nelson Rules First-Ever Hot 100 with 'Poor Little Fool'". August 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (March 13, 2023). "Morgan Wallen Notches First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 With 'Last Night'". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2023.

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