Chart Beat

The War on Drugs Score First No. 1 Song on a Rock Chart With 'Pain'

The War On Drugs
Shawn Brackbill

The War On Drugs

The Philadelphia band tops the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.

The War on Drugs notches their first No. 1 on any Billboard chart, as "Pain," the second single from 2017's A Deeper Understanding, rises 2-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally (dated Jan. 20).

The Philadelphia-based band had previously peaked as high as No. 3 on the same list with "Holding On," the set's lead single, in August.

On album charts, the group has reached No. 2, including with A Deeper Understanding on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums in September.

"Pain" concurrently reaches a new high of 2 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music, as it pushes 34-33 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart. The track also became The War on Drugs' first entry on Hot Rock Songs when it debuted at No. 49 on the Jan. 13-dated streaming-, airplay- and sales-based chart.

Four chart weeks into the new year, The War on Drugs is the first act to achieve an initial No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs in 2018. Last year, eight acts earned their first leaders.