Chart Methodology

How does the Soca Source rank songs?

Generally speaking our Weekly and Annual Charts are based on a formula ratio of digital sales, streaming and radio airplay across the globe for each song, including time spent on the chart and peak position.

The resulting figures from these calculations are referred to as points or point value, which provides the overall position on the Weekly – or Annual Chart.

What streaming services count? 

The following are the current platforms integrated and weighed in the chart algorithm: iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Shazam and Deezer.

We are working to integrate YouTube Music, Pandora and others.

What are the days for the Weekly Chart? 

Weekly Top 20 is the Soca Industry standard record chart for tracking weekly sales, streaming and airplay.  Tracking begins each Friday and ends on Thursday – a new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by The Soca Source on Tuesday.

What are the dates for the Annual Chart? 

The Soca Source “chart year” runs from the first week of November to the final week of October.  The altered calendar allows for The Soca Source to align with industry standards as well as to calculate year-end charts and release them in a timely manner.

Songs at the peak of their popularity at the time of the October/November chart-year cutoff many times end up ranked on the following year’s chart as well, as their cumulative points are split in the two chart-years, but often are ranked lower than they would have had been, if it had occurred in a single year.

We are currently investigating altering the “chart year” to align with the Carnival season(s).