The song, initially serviced to radio in 2018, grew in 2019 after going viral on TikTok.
The artist, real name Jonathan Visger, is the first act to snag a first Alternative Songs No. 1 since Lana Del Rey, whose "Doin' Time" first ruled in September 2019. He's also the first to reach No. 1 with an initial charted title since Dominic Fike, with "3 Nights," the same month.
Absofacto's path to No. 1 was winding. Atlantic Records originally serviced "Dissolve" as a radio single, mostly to the adult alternative format, in early 2018. While the song didn't reach a radio-based chart at the time, it returned over a year later, not because it was getting a renewed radio push (at least to that point); rather, it was one of the first success stories of the music-based app TikTok, with the song going viral after users began soundtracking their uploads with the song en masse.