Beyoncé closes out the year as Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Artist, backed by Renaissance, her seventh studio LP, at No. 1 on the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Albums ranking.
It’s not only Beyoncé’s first year at No. 1 on either chart, but her first time appearing on either list. She has spent much of her career dominating pop and R&B spaces but made her first foray onto the weekly Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with a studio set, Renaissance. The 16-track album traces the genre’s sprawling, multi-decade history, zeroing in on house and disco, and paying tribute to the Black and queer innovators that paved the way.
Renaissance was No. 1 on the weekly Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart for all but three frames of the 2023 tracking period, retreating one week at a time for Illenium, Daft Punk and Kylie Minogue.
Formerly a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the set’s “Break My Soul” topped Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for 11 weeks in 2022. It finished at No. 2 on last year’s year-end tally and hung around long enough to be No. 14 in its second year.
Drake follows at No. 2 on the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Albums ranking with Honestly, Nevermind. That set topped the list last year, marking a second consecutive year where the dance albums chart is dominated by an established artist making their first proper dip into the dance pool. Drake is No. 4 on the overall Dance/Electronic artists ranking.
Lady Gaga is next, with The Fame at No. 3 and Born This Way at No. 4. With Chromatica also at No. 19, Gaga is No. 2 on Top Dance/Electronic Artists for the second consecutive year. No need to pity her though, as she topped the year-end artist ranking five times before – three years from 2009-11, and another two in 2020-21.
David Guetta is No. 3 on Top Dance/Electronic Artists. He’s another previous chart-topper, having reigned in 2015. But while Beyoncé, Gaga and Drake achieved their elite year-end status with dominant albums, Guetta is powered by his singles activity, finishing as the year’s No. 1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Artist.
Guetta is followed by Bebe Rexha on the singles-artists chart, so it’s no surprise that their collaboration, “I’m Good (Blue),” is No. 1 on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. After arriving late in 2022, the song managed a No. 7 finish on last year’s year-end tally.
Hot Dance/Electronic Songs includes airplay, streaming and sales data. In all three metrics, “I’m Good (Blue)” is tops, at No. 1 on year-end rankings for Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales.
The gold medal for “I’m Good (Blue)” was essentially inevitable, having topped the weekly Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list for all but one of the tracking period’s 48 frames, bumped to No. 2 on the Oct. 21-dated survey by Kenya Grace’s “Strangers.”
Guetta doubles up in the top five, as “Baby Don’t Hurt Me,” a collaboration with Anne-Marie and Coi Leray, winds up at No. 4. While Beyoncé found her dance spark by channeling the genre’s legends, Guetta marks his 2023 success by invoking the spirit of two ‘90s classics. “I’m Good (Blue)” interpolates Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee),” while “Baby Don’t Hurt Me” samples Haddaway’s “What Is Love?”
And he’s not alone – Elton John scores two top 10 placements on the year-end Dance/Electronic Songs list by revamping his own hits of yesteryear. At No. 2, “Hold Me Closer,” with Britney Spears, reimagines 1971’s “Tiny Dancer.” And at No. 9, last year’s chart-topper “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix),” with Dua Lipa, mixes and matches from “Rocket Man,” “Kiss the Bride,” “Sacrifice,” and “Where’s the Shoorah?”
Finally, a third act claims two of the year’s top 10 year-end dance/electronic songs. Two editions of Bizarrap’s “Bzrp Music Sessions” series appear, with Vol. 53 with Shakira at No. 3, and Vol. 52 with Quevedo at No. 10.
Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts from Nov. 19, 2022, through Oct. 21, 2023. Rankings for Luminate-based recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-October time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Luminate.
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