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Jonas Brothers' 'Sucker' Top Song on U.S. Radio in 2019

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Peggy Sirota  

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Jonas Brothers add yet another accolade to an already triumphant 2019: the act landed the biggest song on U.S. radio last year. “Sucker” earned 3.486 billion audience impressions across all monitored radio stations during the tracking period of Jan. 4, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Audience impressions are measured by cross-referencing plays with Nielsen Audio audience data -- i.e. a play of a song on a top-rated New York station at 8 a.m. on a Monday has more listeners (audience) than an overnight weekend play in a smaller city. Numbers in this story are rounded.

“Sucker” spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre Radio Songs chart, and marked the brother trio’s first top 10 on the tally. It also spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart and nine weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart and has spent 13 weeks (so far) atop the Adult Contemporary chart.

“Sucker” was the first single from Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. “Sucker” also marked the group’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which ranks the week’s most popular songs based on airplay, streaming and sales data.

Khalid’s “Talk” was the No. 2 radio song of 2019, with 3.321 billion in audience impressions. It spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Radio Songs tally, four weeks atop Pop Songs, two weeks at No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, five weeks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, a week at No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay ranking, and 12 weeks in charge of the Adult R&B Songs airplay list.

Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” (No. 3, 3.268 billion), Sam Smith and Normani?’s “Dancing With a Stranger” (No. 4, 3.134 billion) and Halsey’s “Without Me” (No. 5, 3.009 billion) round out the top five biggest radio hits of the year.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” was the No. 6 biggest tune on the airwaves in 2019 (2.899 billion), followed by benny blanco, Halsey and Khalid’s “Eastside” (No. 7, 2.655 billion), Lizzo?’s “Truth Hurts” (No. 8, 2.482 billion), Marshmello and Bastille’s “Happier” (No. 9, 2.408 billion) and Post Malone’s “Wow.” (No. 10, 2.378 billion).