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Twenty One Pilots' 'Ride' Replaces Their Own 'Stressed Out' Atop Hot Rock Songs Chart

Twenty One Pilots in the video for "Ride."
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Twenty One Pilots in the video for "Ride."

The duo lands a second No. 1 from its album "Blurryface."

After ruling Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for 23 nonconsecutive weeks with "Stressed Out," twenty one pilots have been unseated… by themselves.

"Ride," from the duo's fourth studio album Blurryface, rises 2-1 to become the pair's second No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs, adding top Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors. The sunny track leads the Rock Digital Songs chart for a second week (46,000 downloads sold, up 21 percent, according to Nielsen Music), holds at No. 2 on Rock Streaming Songs (8.2 million U.S. streams, up 12 percent) and lifts 4-3 on Rock Airplay (12 million in rock radio audience, up 4 percent).

The Hot Rock Songs rule for "Ride" follows the song's seven-week reign on the Alternative Songs airplay chart (beginning April 9). It's also receiving increased attention beyond rock radio formats, reaching new peaks of No. 12 on Pop Songs and No. 19 on Adult Pop Songs. It pushes 21-17 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart (57 million, up 19 percent) and 22-15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In reaching No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs, twenty one pilots become the second act in the chart's history to replace themselves at the top. Previously, Foo Fighters achieved the feat after sending 2011's Wasting Light lead single "Rope" to the chart's apex for 20 weeks (then a Hot Rock Songs No. 1 longevity record) and directly succeeding with follow-up "Walk" for an additional eight nonconsecutive weeks.

"Ride" is the third single from Blurryface, following second single "Stressed Out," which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in February, and lead single "Tear in My Heart," which reached No. 2 on Alternative Songs and No. 6 on Hot Rock Songs. Blurryface became the duo's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (June 6, 2015) and has sold 924,000 copies in the U.S. to date. The set has spent six and nine weeks, respectively, at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums.

"Stressed Out" stops in a three-way tie for the second-longest reign in the Hot Rock Songs chart's seven-year history. Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" leads with 27 total weeks on top, followed by "Stressed Out," Hozier's "Take Me to Church" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" (23 each).

While "Ride" succeeds "Stressed" at the Hot Rock Songs summit, another track led the list amid the nonconsecutive reign of "Stressed Out": Prince and the Revolution's 1984 classic "Purple Rain," which topped the May 14 chart following his April 21 passing.