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Imagine Dragons' 'Thunder' Rolls to No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs Chart

Imagine Dragons
Eliot Lee Hazel

Imagine Dragons

The band lands its third leader. Plus, moves for The Police & Halloween songs.

Imagine Dragons are back at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, scoring their third chart-topper with "Thunder," which rises 2-1 on the tally dated Nov. 18.

"Thunder" marks the first time that Imagine Dragons have scored two No. 1s on Hot Rock Songs from the same album, following 29-week leader "Believer" (the second-longest No. 1 run in the chart's history) as the band's second from their latest album Evolve. The group first ruled with "Radioactive," for 23 weeks in 2013.

Concurrently, "Thunder" bullets at its No. 5 high on the Billboard Hot 100 as the chart's greatest gainer in airplay; on the all-format Radio Songs chart, it blasts 7-2, up 18 percent to 96 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music.

The song spends a third week at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, lifts 6-3 on Adult Pop Songs and 6-5 on Pop Songs and crowns Digital Song Sales for a third week with 54,000 sold.

Meanwhile, The Police's 1983 classic (and eight-week Hot 100 No. 1) "Every Breath You Take" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 6 following its synch in the second season of Netflix's Stranger Things, which premiered Oct. 27 (the first day of the streaming and sales tracking week).

The song, featured in the ninth episode's closing moments, drew 3.5 million U.S. streams (up 31 percent) and sold 2,000 downloads (up 188 percent). It was one of several sizable gains in sales and streams owed to the show's much-discussed return, along with those for Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" (2,000 sold, up 571 percent) and The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (2,000, up 169 percent).

And Halloween means multiple revivals for spooky songs, led by the No. 11 bow of Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" on Hot Rock Songs (2,000 sold, up 35 percent). Other songs that scared up significant streaming and sales boo-sts on the chart include Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" (No. 12, as well as No. 13 on Rock Digital Song Sales; 3,000 sold, up 101 percent), Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" (No. 17; 2,000, up 27 percent) and Marilyn Manson's "This Is Halloween" (No. 25; 2,000 sold, up 83 percent, also good for No. 6 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales).