Ray LaMontagne Returns to No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart With 'Strong Enough'

Ray LaMontagne
Reid Long

Ray LaMontagne

He last led a songs chart with "Beg Steal or Borrow" in 2010.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Ray LaMontagne has a No. 1 song on a Billboard chart, with "Strong Enough" rising 3-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally dated July 25.

The singer-songwriter scores his second leader on the list, after "Beg Steal or Borrow," credited to Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, ruled for six weeks beginning in September 2010. In between, LaMontagne earned five Adult Alternative Songs top 10s, reaching a No. 2 best in April 2016 with "Hey, No Pressure."

LaMontagne's nine-year respite from No. 1 marks the longest since The Killers took 10 years between "Read My Mind" in May 2007 and "The Man" in September 2017.

"Strong Enough" hits No. 1 in its seventh week on Adult Alternative Songs, completing the second-quickest coronation this year. Nathaniel Rateliff's "And It's Still Alright" hit the top spot in its fifth week in February.

Concurrently, "Strong Enough" climbs 41-37 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay list with 1.1 million audience impressions, up 17%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It's LaMontagne's first top 40 entry since "Beg Steal or Borrow" hit No. 34 in September 2010.

"Strong Enough" is the first single from LaMontagne's new LP Monovision, which debuted at No. 4 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart dated July 11 with 7,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week.

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