Radio Station Format Definition: Adult Contemporary
Adult Contemporary, or "AC", is often known as "Light Rock" or "Soft Rock".
Think "harmless" and "safe" music from the last three decades, with no
rough edges such as in rap or rock. These stations cater to the above 30
Some subdivisions of AC include:
- Hot AC: AC with a more contemporary feel and incorporating current Top-40 hits.
- Modern AC: A combination of AC and modern rock.
- Soft AC: Comprises a mix heavy in ballads, and less upbeat music from the
last four decades, and is targeted for the listener over 35 years old.
Typical AC Artists include: LeAnn Rhimes, Matchbox Twenty, Dido,
Backstreet Boys, Faith Hill, 'N Sync, Christina Aguilera, Phil
Collins, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Lee Ann Wormack, Ricky
Martin, Don Henley
See also: Hot AC, Adult Hits, Top-40, Classic Hits