Cage the Elephant Tops Alternative Songs, Ties for Sixth-Most No. 1s All-Time

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From left: Cage the Elephant's Minister, Brad Shultz, Matt Shultz, drummer Jared Champion, Tichenor and guitarist Nick Bockrath. 

"We feel very blessed," says frontman Matthew Shultz.

When you think of the most accomplished acts in the history of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, make sure you include Cage the Elephant.

On the airplay chart dated Feb. 13, Cage the Elephant's "Mess Around" steps 2-1 to become the Kentucky quintet's sixth chart-topper in its decade-long career. Over the list's 27-year history, the band is now tied with R.E.M. for the sixth-most Alternative Songs No. 1s.

In a statement to Billboard, frontman Matt Shultz said, "We feel very blessed to be able to do what we do and truly appreciate special moments like these."

Here's a look at the acts to lead Alternative Songs (known as the Modern Rock chart from its 1988 inception through 2009) the most.

Most No. 1s on Alternative Songs
12, Red Hot Chili Peppers
11, Linkin Park
10, Foo Fighters
9, Green Day
8, U2
6, Cage the Elephant
6, R.E.M.
5, Bush
5, Nirvana

With its first No. 1, "Back Against the Wall," tallied on the Feb. 6, 2010, chart (and reigning for two weeks), Cage the Elephant also boasts the most leaders this decade; The Black Keys and Muse trail with four No. 1s each in the 2010s. Cage's other chart-toppers: "In One Ear" (four weeks, 2010), "Shake Me Down" (six, 2011), "Come a Little Closer" (10, 2013-14) and "Cigarette Daydreams" (four, 2015).

"Mess Around" tops Adult Alternative Songs for a second week (marking the band's second leader at the format, following "Closer"). It also rises four spots to No. 12 on Mainstream Rock Songs with a 21 percent gain in plays, according to Nielsen Music.


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