The Kings of the U.S. Dance Charts

The Pet Shop Boys are currently the fifth most successful artist in the history of the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart (formerly called the Dance Club Play chart). And, seeing as how the first four positions (#1-4) are held by Madonna, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, and Beyonce respectively, they're also the most successful duo or group as well as the most successful male dance artists: the "Kings of the U.S. Dance Chart," if you will. (Enrique Iglesias is the top solo male dance artist. It's worth noting that the late Donna Summer ranked higher than the Boys until the 2010s, at which time PSB superseded her phenomenal run, pushing her down to #6.) So I've decided to use this page to document in greater detail the extent of their dance club success. And I'm also providing data regarding their run on another important Billboard dance chart—"Dance Single Sales" (which has gone through several name-changes during its existence, most notably "Maxi-Singles Sales")—on which they haven't been as successful, but have still made a much-more-than-respectable showing.

The following table lists each of their U.S. dance hits, in chronological order, along with its peak position. All of the following data comes from Billboard magazine, much of it via Joel Whitburn's Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003 and the rest from various pages on the Billboard website.

Hit

Dance
Club Songs
Peak

Dance
Single Sales
Peak

West End Girls

1

3

Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)

3

16

Love Comes Quickly / That's My Impression
   A double-sided dance hit on both charts

10

37

Suburbia

46

37

Disco ("all cuts")
   The entire album charted as a whole

12

36

It's a Sin

3

18

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

1

12

Always on My Mind

8

12

Domino Dancing

5

20

Left to My Own Devices

8

25

Introspective ("all cuts")
   The entire album charted as a whole

15

--

So Hard

4

2

How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously? / Being Boring
   A double-sided dance hit on both charts

19

10

Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)

4

3

DJ Culture / Music for Boys
   A double-sided dance hit on the Sales chart only

--

13

Can You Forgive Her?

1

31

Go West

1

25

I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing

2

36

Absolutely Fabulous

7

--

Yesterday, When I Was Mad

4

27

Paninaro '95

4

6

Before

1

7

To Step Aside / Se A Vida É
   Only the first song appeared on the Club Play chart;
   a double-sided dance hit on the Sales chart

1

8

Somewhere / A Red Letter Day
   Only the first song appeared on the Club Play chart;
   a double-sided dance hit on the Sales chart

19

8

New York City Boy

1

4

I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More

2

10

Break 4 Love
   Peter Rauhofer + Pet Shop Boys = The Collaboration

1

6

Home and Dry

44

--

Sexy Northerner

15

--

I'm with Stupid

7

--

Minimal

3

--

She's Madonna
   Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys

12

--

We're the Pet Shop Boys
   Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys

5

--

Close My Eyes ("We're the Pet Shop Boys" remix by Sander Van Doorn)*
   Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys

7

--

Love etc.

1

2

Did You See Me Coming?

1

18

Beautiful People

--

3

Together

--

3

Winner

12

8

Leaving

10

--

Memory of the Future

--

1

Vocal

3

23**

Love Is a Bourgeois Construct

38

--

Thursday

17

--

The Pop Kids

1

21

Say It to Me

4

35

If applicable: + = still rising on the chart at this time.

*The Sander Van Doorn remix of "We're the Pet Shop Boys," retitled "Close My Eyes," charted separately from the earlier "standard release" of the track. Billboard treats these two releases separately; therefore I'm also listing them separately here.

**By this point Billboard had stopped reporting Dance single sales separately, so this and subsequent figures in this column come from its newer "Hot Dance/Electronic Songs" chart, which tracks airplay combined with sales and streaming.

In addition to these hits—for which, based on Billboard/Whitburn standards, the Pet Shop Boys receive full "chart credit"—we should also note a number of other U.S. dance hits to which Neil and/or Chris contributed in various ways, further solidifying their kingly status. Again, these additional entries are presented in chronological order.

Hit

Dance
Club Songs
Peak

Dance
Single Sales
Peak

Losing My Mind
   Liza Minnelli (PSB: producers)

26

11

Love Pains
   Liza Minnelli (PSB: producers)

--

40

Getting Away with It
   Electronic (Neil: co-writer/support vocalist)

7

13

Disappointed
   Electronic (Neil: co-writer/lead vocalist)

10

6

The Crying Game
   Boy George (PSB: producers)

--

44

Girls and Boys
   Blur (PSB: remixers)

21

23

Hallo Spaceboy
   David Bowie (PSB: remixers; Neil: support vocalist)

40

--

Walking on Thin Ice
   Yoko Ono (PSB: remixers)

1

5

Sorry
   Madonna (PSB: remixers; Neil: support vocalist)

1

1

Read My Mind
   The Killers (PSB: remixers and support vocalists)

1

--

I'm in Love with a German Film Star
   Sam Taylor-Wood (PSB: producers; Neil: support vocalist)

--

4