Twenty One Pilots Fly to First Hot Rock Songs No. 1 With 'Stressed Out'

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Twenty One Pilot's "Stressed Out" music video, 2015.

The duo's second single off 'Blurryface' jumps 2-1.

In "Stressed Out," the second single from twenty one pilots' Billboard 200-topping fourth album Blurryface, vocalist Tyler Joseph laments the loss of days spent growing up, few cares in the world, pretending to ride rocket ships into outer space before a voice of adult responsibility blares, "Wake up, you need to make money."

Not only does it look like the money part is taken care of, but the duo of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun also notches its first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, as "Stressed Out" rises 2-1 (on the survey dated Jan. 9).

The song dethrones Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" after 10 weeks on top.

The song rules Hot Rock Songs as the top gainer in all three chart metrics: airplay (55 million all-format impressions, up 10 percent, according to Nielsen Music); U.S. streams (6.6 million, up 13 percent); and digital sales (82,000 downloads sold, up 77 percent). It also holds atop Rock Streaming Songs and Rock Digital Songs. (Click here for the song's Billboard Hot 100 gains.)

"Stressed Out" leads Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart for an eighth week. Lead Blurryface single "Tear in My Heart" reached No. 2 on the tally. In all, twenty one pilots have charted 15 songs on Hot Rock Songs, three of which have made the top 10. "Tear" marked the band's previous best peak, No. 6, while album track "Fairly Local" reached No. 8.

Blurryface has been a consistent presence in the upper reaches of the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts since its June 6 debut, having spent four weeks at No. 1 on the former and six weeks atop the latter. It ranks at No. 2 this week on both lists as the charts' Greatest Gainer with 40,000 copies sold (up 40 percent). It has sold 545,000 copies to date.


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