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Chart Records and Achievements (AT40)

1970-1991, 1991-1995, 1998-2003

From 1970 through 2003, the show used 5 different charts:

The Hot 100 (July 4, 1970 to November 23, 1991)

Most Weeks at #1: 10 weeks. "You Light Up My Life" by Debbie Boone in 1977 and "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John in 1981

Biggest Leap to #1: 11 notches. "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey" by Paul & Linda McCartney leaped from #12 to #1 in 1971.

Biggest Fall from #1: 14 notches. "Nothing from Nothing" by Billy Preston, and "Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick and the Spinners both fell to #15 from #1 in 1974.

Most Weeks at #2 (for a song that peaked at #2): 10 weeks. "Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner spent 10 weeks at #2 in 1981.

Most Weeks in the Top 40: 26 weeks. "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gees in 1977/1978.

Biggest Fall Out of the Top 40: During the time that AT40 used the Hot 100, there were no recurrent rules. Although this site does not know the exact record, songs have been know to fall out of the top 40 from the top 10. "Even the Nights Are Better" by Air Supply fell from #6 to #42 on the Hot 100 in 1982.

Hot 100 Airplay (November 30, 1991 to December 1992)
Mainstream Top 40 (January 1993 to January 1995)

Most Weeks at #1: 14 weeks. "The Sign" by Ace of base in 1994

Most Weeks at #2 (for a song that peaked at #2): 6 weeks. "Mr Jones" by Counting Crows spent 6 weeks at #2 in 1994.

Most Weeks in the Top 40: 35 weeks. "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men spent 35 weeks in the top 40 in 1992. Note: "Another Night" by Real McCoy only spent 20 weeks in the top 40 during AT40's run, but the song went on to spend 39 weeks in the top 40 after AT40's demise in 1995.

Highest Debut: Madonna's "Erotica" debuted at #2 in October, 1992.

Biggest Fall Out of the Top 40: These charts used a recurrent rule for songs falling below #20. Thus, many songs were removed from the top 40 from the teens.


Radio & Records CHR/Pop Chart (March 28, 1998 to October 14, 2000, August 18, 2001 through January 4, 2004)
Mediabase 24/7 CHR chart (October 21, 2000 to August 11, 2001)

Since Casey Kasem used Radio and Records' chart from 1989 to 1998, and this site has records of that chart during that time, these achievements include any and all records from Casey's Top 40 and the current AT40. To see feats based solely on this chart, visit the R&R Chart Feats page.

Most Weeks at #1: 12 weeks. "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis in 1996.

Longest Wait to Reach #1: 22 weeks "Save Tonight" by Eagle-Eye Cherry reached #1 in its 22nd week in 1999.

Most Weeks at #2 (for a song who peaked at #2): 7 weeks. "Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse in 2001, "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo in 1998, as well as "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Celine Dion in 1996.

Most Weeks at #3: 9 weeks. "3 AM" by matchbox 20 spent 9 weeks at #3 in 1998.

Most Weeks in the top 2: 15 weeks. "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden spent 15 weeks in the top 2 in 1998.

Longest Stay in the Top 40:

  • [Before the 20/20 rule]: 43 weeks. "Run Around" by Blues Traveler in 1995.
  • [After the 20/20 rule]: 37 weeks. "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon in 2000 and by "Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse in 2001.

Longest Stay in the Top 10: 28 weeks. "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls spent 28 weeks in the top 10 in 1998.

Longest Stay in the Top 40 for a song that peaked below #30: 16 weeks. "Party Up (Up in Here) by DMX peaked at #33 in 2000, and "Big Pimpin'" by Jay-Z f/ UGK peaked at #32 in 2000.

Most Consecutive Weeks in Top 40 for a Solo Woman: 90 weeks. Jennifer Lopez set the record on the 8/23/02 AT40, and she remains on the chart at this time.

Biggest Mover: Up 24 places. "I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey jumped 40-16 in 1992.

Biggest Move into the Top 10: Up 22 places. "Secret" by Madonna moved 30-8 in 1994.

Biggest Move into the Top 5: Up 15 places. "Again" by Janet Jackson moved 19-4 in 1993.

Biggest Move to #1: Up 9 places. "This Used to Be My Playground" by Madonna jumped 10-1 in 1992.

Biggest Fall from #1: Down 7 places. "I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey fell from #1 to #8 in 1992, and "Lady Marmalade" by C. Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink in 2001.

Fastest Time to #1: 3 weeks. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston in 1992.

Biggest Dropper (not including songs removed to recurrent status):

  • Due to the 2 week holiday break: Down 26 places. "Where You Goin' Now" by Damn Yankees fell from 12 to 38 in 1993
  • During the regular chart year: Down 23 places. "All or Nothing" by Milli Vanilli fell from 6 to 29 in 1990.

Highest Debut: #15. "If You Go" by Jon Secada in 1994, and "Frozen" by Madonna in 1998.

Biggest Fall out of the Top 40: "Doesn't Really Matter" by Janet was removed from the chart from #10.

The 1970-1991 data comes from the old "American Top 40 Celebration Page" Records info. The 1992 data was compiled by examining the "Hot 100 Airplay (Top 40 Radio Monitor)" chart. The 1993-1995 data was compiled by looking at the "Mainstream Top 40" chart. The other data was compiled from my own data from observing the R&R chart, with some help from "GordonUM". Also, thanks to "The Max" for reminding me of a couple records. All chart info is copyright by their respective magazines.


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