Songs that fell completely out of Hot 100 from Top 40

  • April 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm #14573

    What are the songs that have fallen completely out of the Hot 100 from their last week in the Top 40? You can limit this answer to the 1980s decade if you want. I have been systematically going through the charts starting with 1980 to make notes on the Top 40 for some Spotify playlists I have been making. Thus far, I have run across two songs that fell as far as #99. “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles fell from #34 to #99 on Jan. 12. And “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar fell from #40 to #99 on April 19. But thus far, no drops completely out of the Hot 100.

    A list of any that did would be handy for my project. My understanding is that the Bubbling Under charts do not include songs that are falling out of the Hot 100, so any song that dropped completely off the chart from the Top 40 would not show up on the Bubbling Under chart.

    April 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm #14576
    Weekly Top 40

    Hey Hansenko

    Thanks for the query. This will take some research for sure!

    The only resource we have that’s anything close to this right now are the biggest drops from number 1.

    I’ll add this to our list for research. Unless of course, another user has the answer before then.


    Matt – Webmaster

    May 1, 2019 at 12:49 am #15469

    I’ve done a little research on this. It appears that this phenomenon happened quite a bit in the early 1970s before a rule change. The biggest drop off the Hot 100, which held the record for many years (until 2008) was “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues falling off the Hot 100 from #17 in December 1972.

    The occurrences after 2008 are typically quite different because of different methodologies or other anomalies. For example, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” fell from #11 off the Hot 100 simply because it was released in advance of the Speak Now album and iTunes was running a “Complete Your Album” scheme in which people were cancelling their individual purchases of “Mean” in favor of the entire album. Then there are the holiday charters (a new phenomenon from about 2016-ish) and the recurring Prince songs after his 2016 death.

    As far as I can ascertain, no song fell off the Hot 100 from the Top 40 during the 1980s. The biggest drop out of the Top 40 in the decade was when the Beatles Movie Medley (which incidentally must be the currently most totally inaccessible Top 40 single) dropped from #20 to #92 in 1982. At the very beginning of the decade, there were two “close calls,” as mentioned above (“Heartache Tonight” by The Eagles and “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar both falling from within the Top 40 to #99).

    The drop out of the Top 40 from the highest position during the Casey Kasem Hot 100 era was, rather famously, Air Supply’s “Even the Nights Are Better” dropping out of the Top 40 from #6 in 1982 (but it didn’t drop entirely out of the Hot 100).

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by hansenkd.
    June 6, 2019 at 3:27 am #15794

    Hi Hansenkd,

    Your assumption about songs never falling into the Bubbling Under chart makes total sense, but actually is not correct. There were 1134 songs that fell from the Top 100/Hot 100 into the Bubbling Under the very next week, but none of those songs were in the Top 40 when they dropped into the Bubbling Under Chart.

    Here are some record-holders for each decade
    On May 14, 2016 “Purple Rain” by Prince was on the Hot 100 at #4 then dropped off the chart
    On Dec. 28, 1955 “Nuttin’ For Christmas” was on the Top 100 at #7 then dropped off the chart
    “A Little Bit Longer” by Jonas Brothers charted for just one week at #11 on Aug. 23, 2008
    On Jan. 6, 1962 “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby was on the Hot 100 at #12 then dropped off the chart
    On Dec. 2, 1972 “Nights In White Satin” by The Moody Blues was on the Hot 100 at #17 then dropped off the chart
    On Nov. 28, 1998 “Never Ever” by All Saints was on the Hot 100 at #22 then dropped off the chart

    For the 1980’s decade, you are correct about the Beatles Movie Medley, and second place was “Still In Saigon” by The Charlie Daniels Band, which dropped from #22 to #90 on Jun. 12, 1982
    You’re also correct about Air Supply. Second place was “Steppin’ Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)” by Tony Orlando and Dawn which dropped from #7 down to #48 on Nov. 9, 1974

    FYI, the biggest drop off the Hot 100 for the 1980’s was “Even Now” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band which dropped from #48 after May 28, 1983
    Second place was “Mistrusted Love” by Mistress which fell from #49 after Jan. 5 1980.



    June 6, 2019 at 4:57 am #15795

    Obviously I had some incorrect sources. One said that the Moody Blues had the record until 2008, but they must not have been considering the pre-AT40 era. Another said that the Bubbling Under chart was only meant to include potential Hot 100 entries and thus never included songs leaving the Hot 100. That was obviously wrong.

    June 6, 2019 at 6:43 am #15796

    That might very well be. Or perhaps they had meant to say “non-Christmas” hits, which might lead us to believe they were referring to the Christmas chart, not Christmas hits on the Top 100 / Hot 100.

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