“In its 28th week on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart, David Guetta’s “Titanium,” featuring Sia, passes Darude’s “Sandstorm” (27 weeks over two chart runs in 2000-02) to become the ranking’s longest-running title in nearly 29 years.
The last title to spend more time on the tally? Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album (yes, album; we’ll explain), which completed a 36-week run in August 1983.
The Dance/Club Play Songs chart ranks the week’s most popular songs played in dance clubs, compiled from reports by a national sample of club DJs.
The long chart run of “Titanium” was initially fueled by early DJ support, before it became an official single. It debuted at No. 42 on the Dec. 17, 2011, chart and percolated on the list until mid-April, when Capitol Records began its proper promotion. It climbed all the way to No. 3 the week of May 26.
While the Dance/Club Play Songs chart now ranks individual songs, that wasn’t always the case. Prior to Feb. 23, 1991, bundles of songs – or even entire albums – could chart as singular entries. “Thriller” wasn’t the only full album to chart. Others include Madonna’s first remix album “You Can Dance” and Donna Summer’s “The Wanderer,” for example.
The chart’s depth has also fluctuated through the years. It was initially a 30-position chart when it launched as a national survey the week of Aug. 28, 1976, before expanding to a whopping 100 titles between 1979 and 1981. Since March 16, 1985, the chart has been 50 positions deep. Its name has also changed; “National Disco Action” just wouldn’t be as accurate now, would it?”
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