Chainsmokers Dominate Billboard Dance/Electronic Charts

March 12, 2017

There is literally no topping the Chainsmokers.

This week, the Chainsmokers and Coldplay found themselves at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart with their  song, “Something Just Like This”.  The song debuted on last week’s chart at number six, but its gains in streams, digital sales, airplay, and performance made it drop five spots to number one.

And who did they take over from last week’s number one spot?  Well, I guess it’s not really a takeover overcoming yourself, is it?  Since last week’s number one song was also by the Chainsmokers, they’re really only upping themselves.  “Paris” fell one spot on this week’s chart from number one to number two.

If there is anyone who still wants to argue about the Chainsmokers untouchable status in the world of dance and electronic music, I’d like them to take a guess at which artist rounds out the top three on this week’s Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.  Any answer that is not “the Chainsmokers” or “the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey” is wrong.  In it’s 32nd week on the chart, “Closer” fell one spot to number three.

Back in January, a writer for Esquire called the Chainsmokers the ‘Nickelback of EDM’ in a piece that claimed that “the duo brings all the worst cliches of the genre, and just might destroy it.”

While chart performance isn’t everything, it does reflect people’s connection to a song.   Chart placements are determined by streaming, digital sales, and airplay.  When people choose to listen to songs again and again and again, it’s because they’ve connected to that song in some way.  Their connection could stem from enjoyment of the beat to relating to the lyrics to anything in between, but each time they choose to listen to that song, they do so because they have some sort of connection with it. Therefore, the fact that the Chainsmokers hold the top three spots on the Dance/Electronic Charts means that there are a lot of people connecting with not just one, but three of their songs right now.  It seems to me, that rather than destroying EDM, the Chainsmokers seem to get something that the rest of us don’t.  If you consider making music that people connect with and overarching popularity as a means of destruction, then maybe you can claim that the Chainsmokers are destroying the genre,  If you ask me, though, that doesn’t quite make a whole lot of sense.

While the Chainsmokers secured the top three chart spots, number four went to Kygo and Selena Gomez’s song “It Ain’t Me”.  Rounding out the top five is “Rockabye” by Sean Paul and Clean Bandit.

Of the songs that made their debut on this week’s charts, my favorite is Starley’s “Call on Me”.  The song is upbeat and has an instant feel good vibe.  The song’s lyrics are all about being there for someone no matter what whenever they really need you and sends us a message that everyone really needs to hear these days.  The Ryan Riback is even catchier and will instantly make you want to dance.  If you haven’t heard this song yet, it’s definitely worth a listen.

What are your favorite EDM songs?  Let us know on Twitter @weknowthedj!

-Roxy Rappaport (@roxyrappaport)

Feature image by Leslie Crow

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