Imagine Dragons 'Thunder' to No. 1 on Alternative Songs Charthttp://www.billboard.com/articles/colum ... tive-songs
10/25/2017 by Kevin Rutherford
The rockers earn their third No. 1 on the chart, halting the 17-week reign of Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still."
Imagine Dragons roll to No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart with "Thunder," the second single from their album Evolve.
The song, which follows their 13-week No. 1 "Believer," rises 3-1 on the ranking dated Nov. 4, becoming the Las Vegas band's third chart-topper. Its first, "Radioactive," also ruled for 13 weeks, beginning March 2, 2013.
"Thunder" dethrones Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" from its perch atop Alternative Songs. The latter track led for 17 weeks, tying for the third-longest No. 1 run since the chart began in September 1988.
Although it's possible that "Feel" could return to the top and extend its command, here's a look at the longest-leading Alternative Songs No. 1s (with two of the top four, including the record-holder, by Muse).
Most Weeks at No. 1 on Alternative Songs
19, "Madness," Muse (first week at No. 1: Oct. 13, 2012)
18, "The Pretender," Foo Fighters (Sept. 1, 2007)
17, "Feel It Still, "Portugal. The Man (July 8, 2017)
17, "Uprising," Muse (Sept. 26, 2009)
16, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day (Dec. 11, 2004)
16, "It's Been Awhile," Staind (April 28, 2001)
16, "Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers (June 26, 1999)
"Still" logged the second-longest consecutive streak at No. 1, with all its 17 weeks on top in a row; the record is 18, by both "The Pretender" and "Madness," the latter of which spent a week at No. 1, dropped to No. 2 and then returned to the summit for 18 more frames at No. 1.
Concurrently, "Thunder" reaches a new peak on the Billboard Hot 100, jumping 8-5, and giving the chart two rock bands in the top five (joining Portugal. The Man) for the first time in over 10 years. The track is the top-selling song in the U.S. for a second total week, crowning the Digital Song Sales chart with 66,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music.
"Thunder" bullets at No. 2 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart with 11 million audience impressions, up 6 percent. In addition to its Alternative Songs success, it returns to its No. 21 high on Adult Alternative Songs and debuts at No. 35 on Mainstream Rock Songs. That's in addition to its pop crossover, as it bullets at No. 8 on Adult Pop Songs and No. 12 on Pop Songs.
Evolve is the first album from which Imagine Dragons have scored two Alternative Songs No. 1s. The set debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums on July 15 (with 147,000 first-week equivalent album units); it's led for six weeks total and hasn't fallen below No. 4.