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Portugal. The Man's 'Feel It Still' a Week Away From No. 1 Longevity Record Atop Alternative Songs
The song reigns for an 18th frame. Only Muse's "Madness," at 19 weeks, has led longer.
After ruling Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart for 17 weeks with "Feel It Still," then dipping to No. 2 for three weeks, Portugal. The Man's biggest hit is back atop the tally (dated Nov. 25).
The song, which relented to Imagine Dragons' "Thunder" during its three-week span at No. 2, notches its 18th week at No. 1 and now slots into a second-place tie for the most weeks atop the chart, which began in 1988. The record-holder, Muse's "Madness," ruled for 19 weeks, while Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" also led for 18 frames.
Previously, "Feel" was tied for third all-time with another Muse hit, "Uprising."
Most Weeks at No. 1 on Alternative Songs
19, "Madness," Muse, 2012-13
18, "Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man, 2017
18, "The Pretender," Foo Fighters, 2007
17, "Uprising," Muse, 2009-10
16, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day, 2004-05
16, "It's Been Awhile," Staind, 2001
16, "Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1999
"Feel" additionally tops the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart for a 16th week (tied for sixth all-time; the chart began in 2009), scoring 11.8 million audience impressions in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. In all, the song accrued 118 million in audience across all radio formats, earning its fifth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs. It's also No. 1 on Pop Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay for a third week each. Having previously led Adult Alternative Songs (for 11 weeks) and Adult Pop Songs (four), the song has crossed to No. 1 on more airplay charts than any other rock track in five years.
To tie the Alternative Songs record and earn a 19th week at No. 1, "Feel" will have to hold off a return charge from "Thunder" (which currently sports a narrow lead over "Feel" on Nielsen's real-time building chart), as well as the continued approach of Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Walk on Water" (No. 3), which also jumps to No. 2 on Rock Airplay, up 8 percent to 10.4 million impressions.
Meanwhile, Portugal. The Man has a budding follow-up hit on its hands. "Live in the Moment" rises 22-20 on Adult Alternative Songs; debuts at No. 33 on Alternative Songs; and bumps 45-41 on Rock Airplay (1.3 million impressions, up 17 percent).