MTV Launches Social Video Chart

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.08.14 in News

MTV has gotten into the social-media music charts game. According to the cable network, Your MTV Top 20 ranks the most popular music videos worldwide each week based on fan interactions through social and digital media. Could it be any coincidence MTV just brought back Total Request Live for one day (to premiere Ariana Grande‘s “Break Free”)?

The chart begins with an MTV-picked shortlist of the most played videos across the channel’s various global affiliates. Fans can influence the rankings by watching the videos as well as liking them, sharing them, tweeting them and voting for them via social media. Your MTV Top 20 also draws on data from The Echo Nest, the Spotify “music intelligence” subsidiary you may know from the addictive Infinite Jukebox Web app and state-by-state maps like this one highlighting Fourth of July songs.

MTV updates the rankings every five minutes until its official chart goes out every week on Monday. Katy Perry‘s “Birthday” video topped yesterday’s inaugural list, with the Prism singer’s fans thwarting the efforts of, as MTV U.K. reports, the “Little Monsters, Directions and Parawhores.” Sorry, Mahomies.

Speaking of Austin Mahone, the YouTube sensation was the official spokesman for another recently rolled out set of social charts, Billboard‘s Twitter-based Trending 140 and Emerging Artists rankings. The Emerging Artists chart, for what it’s worth, as of this typing puts Death From Above 1979‘s “Trainwreck 1979″ at No. 2, which is great to see. Just a hunch (sorry): Mahomies don’t play that?

Your MTV Top 20, the week of July 7

1. Katy Perry – Birthday
2. One Direction – You & I
3. Michael Jackson Ft. Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good
4. Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem
5. Lady Gaga – G.U.Y.
6. Ed Sheeran – Sing
7. Calvin Harris – Summer
8. Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX – Fancy
9. Sia – Chandelier
10. 5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
11. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
12. Katy Perry – Dark Horse
13. John Legend – All Of Me
14. Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
15. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
16. Coldplay – Magic
17. OneRepublic – Love Runs Out
18. Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
19. Jennifer Lopez – First Love
20. Aloe Blacc – The Man