The vets' "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" rises 2-1 on Adult Alternative Songs.
After waiting nearly two decades before earning its first song ever on a Billboard airplay chart, the wait for The National's first No. 1 ended much more quickly.
"The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness," the lead single from The National's seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast (due Sept. 8), rises 2-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart dated Aug. 12, becoming the band's first No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart. (Among other leaders, the band boasts two No. 1s on Top Rock Albums.)
"System" is also the fourth straight No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart by an artist earning a first leader on the list and marks the sixth time in 2017 that an act has reached the top of the chart for the first time, of seven total No. 1s all year; only Spoon, whose "Hot Thoughts" ruled for seven weeks beginning March 18, had previously topped the chart.