Death Cab for Cutie's 'Northern Lights' Shines at No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart

Death Cab for Cutie
Eliot Lee Hazel

Death Cab for Cutie

The band's sixth leader follows "Gold Rush" from the album "Thank You for Today."

Death Cab for Cutie notches its sixth No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, as "Northern Lights" ascends 3-1 on the Feb. 9-dated tally.

The song is the second No. 1 on the chart from Death Cab's 2018 album Thank You for Today. Lead single "Gold Rush" led for eight weeks beginning in July. The group's other Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s: "Black Sun" (two weeks, 2015), "You Are a Tourist" (eight, 2011), "I Will Possess Your Heart" (five, 2008) and "Soul Meets Body" (10, 2005-06).

The band ties John Mayer for the eighth-most No. 1s in the chart's 23-year history.

Most No. 1s, Adult Alternative Songs

13, U2
12, Coldplay
11, Dave Matthews/Dave Matthews Band
9, Jack Johnson
7, Sheryl Crow
7, Counting Crows
7, R.E.M.
6, Death Cab for Cutie
6, John Mayer
5, Florence + the Machine

Plus, Death Cab has now spent 34 weeks at No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs, fifth-best all-time, behind U2 (70), Coldplay (67), Jack Johnson (60) and Dave Matthews/DMB (51).

"Lights" holds at its No. 17 high on Alternative Songs, up 10 percent in plays, according to Nielsen Music, and reaches a new best of No. 12 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart (4.4 million audience impressions, up 5 percent).

Thank You for Today, Death Cab for Cutie's ninth studio album, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart (Sept. 1, 2018) with 27,000 equivalent album units earned.


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