Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION, Rihanna Hit Hot 100 Milestones
Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" ties for the chart's second-longest run, AWOLNATION's "Sail" cruises up among the five longest stays, and Rihanna is just the fourth act to spend at least 50 total weeks at No. 1
Receiving holiday presents isn't over yet for Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION and Rihanna, as all three acts make notable moves on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
DRAGONS', AWOLNATION'S FIRE
With a 69th week on the Hot 100, Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" (at No. 31) ties LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" for the second-longest run in the chart's 55-year history: 69 weeks apiece. Only Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" has spent more time on the tally (76 weeks).
Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's "Sail" (No. 39) logs a 68th week on the Hot 100, moving up among the five longest-charting hits of all time.
Upon the songs' landmark frames this week, here's a look at the 10 longest-charting titles in the Hot 100's history:
Weeks, Title, Artist, Peak, Pos., Year
76, "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, No. 6, 2008
69, "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons, No. 3, 2013*
69, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 1997
68, "Sail," AWOLNATION, No. 17, 2013*
68, "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1, 2011
65, "Rolling in the Deep," Adele, No. 1, 2011
65, "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games," Jewel, No. 2, 1997
64, "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood, No. 8, 2007
62, "Ho Hey," the Lumineers, No. 3, 2012
62, "You and Me," Lifehouse, No. 5, 2005
Can "Radioactive" or "Sail" break Mraz's mark? As Chart Beat reader Christopher Brisson points out in an email, both songs should benefit from airplay on radio stations' year-end countdowns. Consumers may purchase some of a year's biggest hits around the holidays, as well, filling in any potential holes in their playlists. And, both are clearly established hits, unlikely to disappear instantly from airwaves or suddenly decline precipitously in sales or streaming.
So, Mraz's record looks like one to watch in the early weeks of 2014.
Rihanna makes her own Hot 100 history this week, as, Eminem's "The Monster," on which she's featured, tops the chart for a third week. With the song's continued reign, Rihanna spends her 50th total week at the summit, a sum spread out among her 13 career No. 1s.
Fellow insightful Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson notes that Rihanna ties Boyz II Men for the third-most weeks at No. 1 in the Hot 100's archives. Here's an updated count of the acts with the most weeks totaled atop the chart:
Weeks at No. 1, Artist
79, Mariah Carey
59, the Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
37, Michael Jackson
34, Elton John
33, Janet Jackson
Of Rihanna's 13 toppers, she's spent the most time at No. 1 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris; the song ruled for 10 weeks in 2011-12.
Notably, record-holder Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men have shared 16 of their weeks at No. 1: their superstar duet "One Sweet Day" reigned for 16 frames in 1995-96, establishing the mark that still stands for the longest domination among the Hot 100's 1,031 total No. 1s.