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Beck Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Alternative Songs with 'Up All Night'

Beck, 2017
Eliot Lee Hazel

Beck

The coronation ends the longest break between No. 1s for any act in the chart's history.

Three decades, three No. 1s on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart for Beck, whose "Up All Night" jumps 3-1 on the Dec. 16-dated chart, earning him a comeback-related record in the process.

Beck's latest leader on the chart is his third in a career spanning back to the early 1990s. That's when "Loser," his first song to chart on Alternative Songs, as well as his maiden No. 1, reached the top for five weeks, beginning on Feb. 5, 1994.

It was 11 years and two months before Beck returned to the top spot, with "E-Pro" ruling for one week (April 2, 2005). At the time, it ended one of the longest dry spells at No. 1 in the chart's history, although it trailed Jane's Addiction's nearly 12-year, eight-month break between "Been Caught Stealing" (Dec. 8, 1990) and "Just Because" (Aug. 2, 2003).

This time around, Beck breaks the mark, narrowly. With "Night" ruling on the Dec. 16, 2017-dated chart, he ends a gap of 12 years, eight months and two weeks since his last No. 1.

Additionally, Beck adds his name to the list of now six acts who've reached No. 1 on Alternative Songs in at least three decades (the chart began in 1988). He also becomes the first soloist to achieve the longevity feat. Beck joins blink-182, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have led the list in the 1990s, 2000s and '10s, while U2 ruled in the '80s, '90s and '00s.

Beck's rise to No. 1 displaces Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still," which ruled for 20 weeks, breaking the record for the most time at No. 1 in the chart's archives.

"Night" concurrently rules the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for a second week, and hits a new high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, rising 5-4 with 10 million audience impressions (up 10 percent), according to Nielsen Music.