According to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), which electronically
monitors radio stations in more than 140 U.S. markets and provides the
data that powers Billboard's radio airplay charts, "We Belong Together"
has been played 743,758 times through Wednesday (March 24).
asked BDS Director of Data Services Adam Foster how that sum stacks up
against other hit songs released five years ago.
Here is what
"We Belong Together" began a 10-week run at No. 1
on the Pop Songs chart for the week of July 2, 2005. Here are the
to-date detection totals at BDS-monitored U.S. terrestrial radio
stations for Carey's smash and the other songs that were in the top 10
(in order) that week: All-Format To-Date Plays, Artist, Title
Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"
399,636, Gwen Stefani,
513,149, Kelly Clarkson, "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
226,340, the Black Eyed Peas, "Don't Phunk With My Heart"
160,319, Will Smith, "Switch"
279,099, Ciara featuring Ludacris,
374,941, 3 Doors Down, "Let Me Go"
358,332, Papa Roach,
244,448, 50 Cent, "Just a Lil Bit"
Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes, "Don't Cha"
for "We Belong Together" is more 200,000 plays higher than its closest
title ("Behind These Hazel Eyes") and twice the to-date average of the
rest of that week's top 10 (323,693).
Not surprisingly, and
even though it wasn't released until halfway through the decade, "We
Belong Together" earned the honor of top title of the 2000s on the
Billboard Hot 100 (a feat Carey proudly touted to the audience when I
saw her in concert in January).