The Lumineers Tie for Most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s This Decade

Danny Clinch
The Lumineers

The band lands its fifth leader, all since 2012.

The Lumineers tie for the most No. 1s on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart this decade, as "Life in the City" rises 2-1 on the Nov. 23-dated survey, becoming the band's fifth total topper on the tally.

"City" is the folk-rockers' second consecutive No. 1 on the chart, following the five-week reign of "Gloria" beginning in June.

With two No. 1s from the same album, this year's III, The Lumineers log two Adult Alternative Songs rulers from a single album for a second time; "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love," from their eponymous debut set, became their first two No. 1s in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The group's other No. 1, "Ophelia," from the 2016 LP Cleopatra, dominated for 11 weeks that year.

With all of their No. 1s notched this decade, The Lumineers tie for the most Adult Alternative Songs leaders in the 2010s, matching the sums of The Black Keys and Florence + the Machine. Although it seems unlikely that any act will pull ahead of that threesome with a little over a month left in the decade, two groups with four No. 1s each in the decade are currently charting songs in the top 10: Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.

The overall mark for the most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s belongs to U2, with 13 between 1997 (a year after the list launched) and 2017.

Elsewhere, "Life in the City" rises to a new No. 27 high on Alternative Songs, while bulleting at the same rank on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart with 2.6 million audience impressions, up 1%, according to Nielsen Music.

III, The Lumineers' third LP on Dualtone Records, arrived as their third No. 1 on Top Rock Albums (Sept. 28). The set has earned 182,000 equivalent album units to date.


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