Twenty One Pilots 'Ride' to No. 1 on Alternative Songs Chart
The third single from "Blurryface" becomes the band's second Alternative Songs No. 1.
As twenty one pilots' "Stressed Out" continues its three-month stay in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 (where it rose to No. 2), the Ohio duo's newest single has followed its predecessor to the top of the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart.
"Ride," the third single from twenty one pilots' album Blurryface, rises 2-1 on Alternative Songs (dated April 9) to become the pair's second No. 1 on the chart. "Stressed" spent 12 weeks on top from November through February (and remains in the top 10, at No. 9). The act, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, is the first in nearly four years to spend time atop Alternative Songs with two titles in the same year; in 2012, two acts doubled up: The Black Keys, with "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling," and fun., with "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) and "Some Nights."
"Ride" also passes "Stressed" for twenty one pilots' fastest flight to No. 1 on the ranking: 11 weeks for "Ride" vs. 13 for "Stressed."
Earlier this month, "Ride" became the twosome's fifth Alternative Songs top 10. "Holding On to You" and "House of Gold," both from Blurryface predecessor Vessel, each reached No. 10, in 2013 and 2014, respectively, while lead Blurryface single "Tear in My Heart" peaked at No. 2 for eight weeks beginning last July.
Blurryface is approaching its one-year anniversary. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated June 6, 2015) with 147,000 album equivalent units in its first week (134,000 in pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music), becoming twenty one pilots' first leader on the list. It has gone on to sell 792,000 copies in the U.S. to date. It led the Top Rock Albums chart for six total weeks and Alternative Albums for eight.