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Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' Is the Oldest Non-Holiday Title to Reach Top 10 on Streaming Songs Chart

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Released in 1977, the song surpasses the previous oldest highest-charting non-holiday track -- Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” -- as it jumps 18-6.

Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” becomes the oldest non-holiday title to reach the top 10 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart, vaulting 18-6 on the ranking dated Oct. 24.

“Dreams,” which has seen consumption gains over the last few weeks due to multiple viral clips containing the song, earns 16.1 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s a 20% boost over the previous tracking week.

By rising into Streaming Songs’ top 10, the song, released in 1977, is the oldest title (since the chart's launch in 2013) to reach the ranking’s highest region that isn’t a holiday standard. It breaks a record previously held by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” which peaked at No. 2 in June 2014 after a viral video of a teenager dancing to the song drove a boost in streams and allowed the song to re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 14.

Concurrently, “Dreams” crowns the Rock Digital Song Sales and Rock Streaming Songs charts for a third week, garnering 25,000 digital downloads, a gain of 15% (and enough to rise 3-2 on the all-format Digital Song Sales). On the Hot 100, “Dreams” zooms 21-12, the song’s highest ranking since it was No. 6 in early July 1977. The track hit No. 1 earlier that year.

The band's Stevie Nicks, who solely penned "Dreams" and sings its lead vocal, also crowns the Hot 100 Songwriters list.

Fleetwood Mac’s catalog as a whole continues to see gains as well, with Rumours, on which “Dreams” appears, jumping 13-7 on the Billboard 200 and its Greatest Hits package rising 61-45. On Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, where “Dreams” spends a second week at No. 2, the band also tallies entries with “The Chain” (11-9), “Landslide” (17-14), “Go Your Own Way” (25-19) and “Gypsy” (debuts at No. 21).

Nicks herself also reaches Hot Rock & Alternative Songs separately; her new release “Show Them the Way” bows at No. 40 while also starting at No. 4 on Rock Digital Song Sales with 6,000 downloads.