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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. On July 17, , to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart, we counted down the top songs in the entire history of one of Billboard 's signature and smoothest surveys. Some of the genre's earliest giants infuse the list, including Elton John , Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder , while artists that continue to keep AC a top-rated radio format likewise appear, including Natasha Bedingfield , Enrique Iglesias and matchbox twenty. I feel incredibly proud," said Darren Hayes, formerly one-half of pop duo Savage Garden, when the act claimed the honor of Billboard 's top all-time Adult Contemporary title with its No.
The truly biggest hits in the format's history.
I posted a new ranking on my Facebook page that showed the biggest AC hits based solely on weeks at 1. Still not satisfied, I went to my music database and sorted all songs to hit 1 on the adult contemporary charts. The results made for what I consider the most balanced of the three lists and acknowledging some bonafide classics which may not have had longevity at 1 or on the charts, but have had long-lasting impact. One last thing — the pics are for the top-ten ranked AC acts according to Billboard. Click on the photos for the acts DMDB music makers encyclopedia entries. Click here to see other genre-specific song lists.
Adult contemporary tends to have lush, soothing and highly polished qualities where emphasis on melody and harmonies is accentuated. It is usually melodic enough to get a listener's attention, and is inoffensive and pleasurable enough to work well as background music. Like most of pop music, its songs tend to be written in a basic format employing a verse—chorus structure. The electric guitars are normally faint and high-pitched.