Dance/Mix Show Airplay (formerly Hot Dance Airplay) is a monitored electronic dance music radio chart that is featured weekly in Billboard magazine.
The chart came about as a result of the small but influential impact of electronic dance music on the radio in the United States and the stations that program it. At the start, this spinoff of the Dance Club Songs chart was openly available through Billboard, Billboard Radio Monitor and R&R from its 2003 inception to 2008, when it became exclusive-only to Billboard, up until the chart was renamed in 2011, when it made its playlist available for viewing on BDS Radio's website. A modified version was added to Billboard's website in January 2013, featuring 15 songs. This would be expanded to 25 (later to 40) after Billboard revamped its website in January 2015, along with adding an archive section that allows its readers to research the songs, artists, and their peak positions since its inception.
The chart made its debut on October 17, 2003, with "Just the Way You Are" by Milky being the first number-one song, even though it had been number one for three weeks, having topped it the week ending September 28. The reason for this is because the chart was unpublished for the first ten weeks of its existence, which means that its official issue start date was August 16, when the actual first number-one was "Never (Past Tense)" by Roc Project featuring Tina Arena.
In the issue dated November 19, 2011, the chart's name and methodology was changed. Director of charts Keith Caulfield explained in his "Over the Counter" column: "Effective this week, Billboard's Dance Airplay chart is renamed Dance/Mix Show Airplay, as its source of data is widely expanded. Formerly a ranking based on airplay at six dance-formatted reporters (four terrestrial radio stations, plus SiriusXM's BPM channel and Music Choice's Dance/Electronica channel) the plays-based list expands to include mixshow plays on mainstream top 40 and select rhythmic stations that have submitted their hours of mixshow programming, as monitored by Nielsen BDS, to Billboard."
On November 26, 2014, the chart expanded from 25 to 40 positions (effective with the December 6, 2014 issue), allowing more Dance singles to chart while at the same time make the chart less Pop-oriented.
In comparison to other Dance charts, it's a valid observation to note that American commercial radio's definition of dance music is marginal and this is reflected in the chart's content. After the 2011 adjustment, the chart was composed largely of remixed pop and urban songs and less Dance tracks, eschewing material that is dance music and/or by dance artists in its original form, moving away from its original mission to feature true Dance hits. However, by 2012, the influx of EDM songs in the mix shows and the addition of two more Dance outlets on the panel once again increased the Dance content on the chart with fewer remixed Pop and R&B tracks being played.
There are 40 positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. Eight stations (five terrestrial, one cable, one satellite and one online internet service), serve as exclusive reporters and are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by a calculation of the total number of spins per week with its "audience impression", which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Nielsen Audio listener data. The chart also include 84 selected Mainstream, Adult, and Rhythmic Top 40 reporters that features mix shows as part of their programming, which in turn also contributes to the Radio Songs chart as a semi-component to the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Dance/Mix Show Airplay makes up part of the newly added Dance/Electronic Songs chart, which was launched with January 26, 2013 issue.
Songs receiving the greatest growth will receive a "bullet", although there are tracks that will also get bullets if the loss in detections doesn't exceed the percentage of downtime from a monitored station. "Airpower" awards are issued to songs that appear on the top 20 of both the airplay and audience chart for the first time, while the "greatest gainer" award is given to song with the largest increase in detections. A song with six or more spins in its first week is awarded an "airplay add". If a song is tied for the most spins in the same week, the one with the biggest increase that previous week will rank higher, but if both songs show the same amount of spins regardless of detection the song that is being played at more stations is ranked higher. Songs that fall below the top 15 and have been on the chart after 26 weeks are removed and go to the 20-song recurrent status.
Chart statistics and other facts
With the exception of Madonna, David Guetta, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, and The Chainsmokers, all of whom crossed over to Pop from Dance and continue to be core Dance artists, the artists in the following lists are Pop and/or Rhythmic acts; the songs that landed them on the Dance chart were generally remixes of the original recordings. Rihanna and Katy Perry, however, has been more successful at both Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay, where Madonna leads with 46 number ones at the former, seven of those on this chart, followed by Rihanna with 31 (9 on this chart) and Perry with 19 (including 4 on this chart) while achieving success at Pop and Rhythmic.
Artists with the most number-one hits
As of 2017, Rihanna has accumulated the most chart toppers, with twelve number ones. She was also the youngest artist on this chart to reach number one with "Pon de Replay" in 2005, when she was 16. Madonna is the only artist on this chart to see seven singles all reach number one consecutively, making her the only artist on this chart to accomplish this feat, and also has the most number-ones from one album, all four singles from Confessions on a Dance Floor topped the chart (Although she is now tied with Katy Perry, as her four singles from Teenage Dream have reached the top spot). In addition, Madonna was also named the number-one Dance Airplay artist for the decade (2003–2009) in Billboard's decade-end recap in 2009. Calvin Harris has the most number-ones on this chart among male artists, with ten. The Chainsmokers have the most number ones among duo or groups with 5, followed by Cascada and AnnaGrace, who are tied with 3. However, AnnaGrace are the only duo or group to score their first consecutive number ones on this chart, while The Chainsmokers can claim the most weeks at number one, with 46.
- 1. Rihanna – 12
- 2. Calvin Harris - 10
- 3. Madonna – 7 (tie)
- 3. David Guetta – 7 (tie)
- 5. Katy Perry - 5 (tie)
- 5. The Chainsmokers - 5 (tie)
- 6. Justin Bieber - 4 (tie)
- 6. Ellie Goulding - 4 (tie)
- 6. Pink - 4 (tie)
- 6. Britney Spears - 4 (tie)
- 6. Justin Timberlake – 4 (tie)
- 6. Zedd - 4 (tie)
Artist with the most weeks at number-one
It should be noted that Calvin Harris and Rihanna shared 14 weeks with "We Found Love" and twelve with "This Is What You Came For," but Harris has logged the most weeks on the chart as his eight other singles have spent 10 or more weeks at number one.
- 1. Calvin Harris - 82
- 2. Rihanna - 59
- 3. The Chainsmokers - 46
- 3. Madonna - 28
- 4. David Guetta - 25
Artists with the most accumulated top 10 Dance/Mix Show Airplay singles
This list include artists who had reach the top ten, even if they did not reach number one, since the chart's 2003 launch. As of 2017, Rihanna and David Guetta both lead with 24 top ten singles apiece. Guetta, in part due to being a producer and DJ/remixer, has the most charted singles that feature guest vocalists that perform on his songs. Both artists by the way share a top ten together, "Who's That Chick?".
- 1. Rihanna - 24 (tie)
- 1. David Guetta - 24 (tie)
- 3. Calvin Harris – 15 (tie)
- 3. Katy Perry - 15 (tie)
- 4. Kaskade - 14 (tie)
- 4. Justin Bieber - 14 (tie)
- 6. Britney Spears - 13
- 7. Lady Gaga - 12 (tie)
- 7. Pitbull - 12 (tie) 
- 8. Avicii - 9 (tie)
- 8. Nicki Minaj - 9 (tie)
- 9. Zedd - 8
- 10. Ariana Grande - 7 (tie)
- 10. Alesso - 7 (tie)
- 10. Taylor Swift - 7 (tie)
- 10. Armin van Buuren -7 (tie)
Songs with the most weeks at number one
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (as of the January 21, 2017 issue) holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number one, at 20, dethroning the 15-week run of "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga (as of the May 16, 2009 issue). Before them, singer Deborah Cox held the record for her single "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" with 10 consecutive weeks between November 2003 and February 2004.
- 1. "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (20 weeks, 2016-17)
- 2. "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia (16 weeks, non-consecutive, 2012-13)
- 3. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga (15 weeks, 2009)
- 4. "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris (14 weeks, 2011-12)
- 5 (tie). "Lean On" by Major Lazer featuring DJ Snake and MØ (13 weeks, 2014)
- 5 (tie). "Summer" by Calvin Harris (13 weeks, 2013)
- David Guetta featuring Akon's "Sexy Chick" was the first number one single to return to the top spot three times in its chart run in 2009. That record would be broken by "Take Over Control" by Afrojack featuring Eva Simons on January 22, 2011, when that song took the number one position four times in its run.
- Lady Gaga's first single "Just Dance" holds the record for the longest run on the chart without reaching number one, 44 weeks, as of March 21, 2009. The single peaked at number two in August 2008.
- "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga endured the biggest drop from number one, when it fell to number 13 in the March 6, 2010 issue.
- "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna endured the biggest drop from the top 10, going from 4 to 21 in the December 25, 2010 issue.
- "Let Me Think About It", by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand has the longest chart run, spending 52 weeks on the chart, as of November 8, 2008. It also became the first imported single to reach number one, also in 2008. In 2009, the track was named the number one single of the decade in Billboard's decade-end recap of the top 50 Dance Airplay songs from 2003 to 2009.
- As of the May 2, 2009 issue, "Every Word" by Ercola featuring Daniela spent most of 46 week run in the top 10 without dropping below number 10.
- Despina Vandi's 2004 hit "Gia" was the chart's first foreign-language recording to reach number one.
- Kelly Osbourne's single "One Word" holds the distinction of being the first song to claim the number one spot on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Single Sales charts in the same week. The feat was accomplished on June 18, 2005.
- In 2007 Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd's "Proper Education (The Wall)" became the first number-one single on this chart to feature a remixed recording of an original song, as the track was based on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2."
- Natasja Saad was the first artist to reach the top spot posthumously, as her collaboration with Enur, "Calabria", reached number one on January 22, 2008.
- Filo & Peri featuring Eric Lumiere's "Anthem" was the first trance recording by an American act in this genre, to reach the number one position on February 16, 2008..
- Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland are the only artists on this chart to reach number one as members of a group (Destiny's Child) and as solo artists.
- Kim Sozzi's 2008 number-one single "Feel Your Love" was the first single on this chart to be named the top song of the year before the year had started, as it was named the number one single of 2009. The track reached number one in December 2008 but continued its 45-week chart run in 2009. Because of Billboard's requirements for songs that had charted from December of the previous year to November of the following year, "Feel Your Love" became eligible in this case.
- In 2010, both Inna and Kesha became the first artists on this chart to swap each other's number-one chart positions with debut singles, with Inna's "Hot" succeeding Kesha's "Tik Tok" and then having the latter returned the favor to the former.
- In 2010, Deadmau5 featuring Rob Swire's "Ghosts N Stuff" became the first song on this chart to make the slowest climb to number one, 24 weeks. In addition, both "Ghosts N Stuff" and AnnaGrace's "Love Keeps Calling" share the distinction of having dropped off the chart, then returning and climbing to the top spot.
- In 2010, "Stereo Love" by Edward Maya featuring Vika Jigulina became the first number one song in Billboard's year-end Dance Airplay chart to have reached number one three times in its chart run.
- Kylie Minogue holds the record for having one song re-enter the chart six times with "Get Outta My Way." The single debuted at number 17 in its October 30, 2010 issue, then dropped out a week later, only to return in the November 13, 2010 (Two weeks), December 11, 2010 (Two weeks), December 25, 2010 (One week), January 15, 2011 (two weeks) and March 19, 2011 (one week) issues.
- "Blame" by Calvin Harris featuring John Newman has the distinction of being the last number-one single during the Dance/Mix Show Airplay's original charted 25 song title position methodology in its November 29, 2014 issue, and the first number-one single under the chart's expansion to 40 positions in its December 6, 2014 issue.
- In 2015, Ellie Goulding became the first artist to supplant herself with a new number-one when "Love Me like You Do" dethroned "Outside".
- Also in 2015, DJ Snake became the first artist on this chart to spend 17 consecutive weeks at number one, the first four with his remixed collaboration with AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It," the remaining thirteen as a collaborator with Major Lazer and M0's "Lean On."
- Both Calvin Harris and Zedd are the only artists so far to see their first seven singles reach the top ten consecutively within a three-year period.
- In 2015, The Weeknd became the first artist on this chart to have four singles reach the top 10 within a one-year period: "Love Me Harder" (with Ariana Grande, three weeks at number 1), "Earned It" (number 6), "Can't Feel My Face" (number 2 for five weeks) and "The Hills" (number 9, as of the October 17, 2015 issue).
- Taylor Swift can lay claim to being the first female artist on this chart to have five singles reach the top ten consecutively within a one-year period from one album, all coming from "1989." Her fifth single from the album, "Wildest Dreams," became her first number-one on this chart in the December 5, 2015 issue, making her the first Country artist (and the first artist on this chart to also have reached number one at Country) to achieve this feat.
- Adele became the first artist on this chart to make the fastest ascent to number one (four weeks), with "Hello." The single accomplished this feat when it made its #24 debut in its November 21, 2015 issue, climbing to #1 in the December 12, 2015 issue.
- Ariana Grande is the only female artist to amassed the most consecutive top ten singles on this chart so far with 7, while Nicki Minaj can lay claim to being the only Rap/Hip-Hop artist to place the most songs on this chart, with nine. Both performers achieved that feat in its December 3, 2016 issue when their collaboration "Side to Side" vaulted 15-10 on the chart.
Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio panel
There are 90 reporters who make up this panel (as of October 27, 2016), according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, all of them part of the Top 40 panel:
Exclusive Dance Airplay Reporters
- WCPY (during Dance Factory hours)/Chicago
- WFLZ-HD2/Tampa, Florida
- WPTY/Long Island, New York
- KNHC (FM)/Seattle
- Music Choice Dance/Electronica
- BPM/Sirius XM Radio