Re: Songs Getting Heavy AC Airplay , But Not On Top 40


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Posted by Craig Francis on June 11, 2018 at 19:42:49:

In Reply to: Songs Getting Heavy AC Airplay , But Not On Top 40 posted by Kevin L. Sealy on June 09, 2018 at 11:46:15:

Most of the time, AC stations don't want to stray too far from the Top 40. In the past, an AC program director would take the Top 40 chart and cross off the songs that were too rock, too urban or too bubblegum, and play everything else.

But there were artists who were too popular to ignore, even if they didn't do well on the Top 40 chart. Michael Bublé comes to mind. He's never had a Top 20 hit, yet his songs get played on Lite-FM and other similar stations. "Haven't Met You Yet" was #1 AC but only #24 on the Top 40, his biggest single.

Norah Jones is another. "Don't Know Why" only hit #30, even though it was #1 on the AC chart and it won all those Grammy Awards. None of her other songs has come close to the Top 20.

Sade has only one Top 10 hit, "Smooth Operator," but plenty of AC hits. Bonnie Raitt only had one song in the Top 10, "Something to Talk About," but has had several AC hits.

How many Top 10 songs has Sting had on his own? Four. But hearing him so often, I would have guessed more. His solo albums have sold very well but Top 40 stations I suppose thought his jazz influenced solo work wasn't for their audiences.

Craig Francis


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