Hot Dance Singles Sales
(formerly known as Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
) is a chart released weekly by Billboard
magazine in the United States, established in 1985. It measures the sale of commercially released singles that deal with dance music
and remixes. It was formerly known as Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
, when the chart was restricted to sales of the 12" Maxi Single
and CD Maxi Single
format, but in recent years, singles only released in the CD Single
format have apparently been counted too.
The Hot Dance Singles Sales once included non-dance songs and singles without dance remixes if they were released as maxi singles
, including singles by such artists as the Industrial metal
and alternative rock
band The Smiths
. It was felt that this rule misled the chart's purpose of measuring the sales of dance music, and thus non-dance/non-remix maxi singles have more recently been excluded from this chart. As a result, although many non-dance acts release singles today in the maxi single format, they are not included in this chart unless the single includes dance remixes.
At first when the chart was introduced, it had a 50-song chart position. But by 2001 it was reduced to 25 and after the introduction of the Dance Airplay Chart in 2003 was reduced even further to its current 10-song chart position. They were also featured alongside the Dance Club Play Chart in the print edition of Billboard
until 2003, when it became online only through... Read More