Hot 100 Chart Moves: Imagine Dragons Become First Act With Three Songs to Chart for at Least a Year Each

Eliot Lee Hazel
Imagine Dragons

At 52 weeks, "Believer" follows "Radioactive" & "Demons." Plus, chart history for Bebe Rexha.

As previously reported, Drake's "God's Plan" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Feb. 10), gaining slightly to post the fourth-biggest week ever in U.S. streams (83.3 million, according to Nielsen Music).

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake blasts in at No. 9 on the Hot 100 with "Say Something," featuring Chris Stapleton, marking the second top 10 from Timberlake's new album, Man of the Woods.

Plus, Migos match The Beatles for the most simultaneous Hot 100 entries among groups, charting 14 songs as their new album, Culture II, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

There's even more chart history made this week.

"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
The collab moves to within a spot of the Hot 100's top 10, lifting 12-11. Meanwhile, it ties a record on the Hot Country Songs chart: at No. 1 for a 10th week, it equals the longest reign for a song by a solo female in the survey's 59-year history. Previously, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ruled Hot Country Songs for 10 weeks in 2012-13.

"Believer," Imagine Dragons
The song, which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 (on Aug, 26, 2017) logs its 52nd week on the Hot 100, dipping 28-29. It's the group's third song to spend at least a year on the chart, making Imagine Dragons the first act to log such a triple, dating to the list's Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

(Notably, songs have averaged significantly longer average chart runs since the Hot 100 adopted Nielsen data in 1991. "Believer" is just the 59th title in the Hot 100's history to chart for at least a year; that's out of over 27,000 total entries.)

Here is a recap of Imagine Dragons' three Hot 100 hits to reach the longevity milestone:

87 weeks (the most of any title), "Radioactive" (No. 3 peak; on Hot 100 in 2012-14)
61 weeks, "Demons" (No. 6; 2013-14)
52 weeks, "Believer" (No. 4, 2017-18)

The band, which has earned the unprecedented feat thanks, in part, to songs starting at rock radio and then crossing to pop formats, passes six acts with two songs apiece that have charted for at least 52 weeks on the Hot 100: The Chainsmokers, Faith Hill, Lifehouse, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Train.

Looking ahead, Imagine Dragons could be on the way to a fourth such hit: "Believer" follow-up "Thunder," which also reached No. 4, on Dec. 2, ranks at No. 10 in its 40th week on the Hot 100.

"Diplomatic Immunity," Drake
Again, Drake crowns the Hot 100 with "God's Plan." And, together with fellow new song "Diplomatic Immunity," last week he logged his 21st and 22nd Hot 100 top 10s, passing JAY-Z for the most among rappers.

So, that success should soften the blow of the latter song making one of the steepest drops from the top 10 in the Hot 100's history, as it plummets from its No. 7 debut to No. 55.

"Immunity" ties for the fifth-farthest fall from the top 10 to a lower rank on the Hot 100:

66 spots, No. 8 to 74, "Tonight," Jonas Brothers, Aug. 23, 2008
63 spots, No. 8 to 71, "Dope," Lady Gaga, Nov. 30, 2013
58 spots, No. 8 to 66, "Auld Lang Syne," Kenny G, Jan. 22, 2000
49 spots, No. 10 to 59, "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)," Donna Summer, Oct. 2, 1982
48 spots, No. 7 to 55, "Diplomatic Immunity," Drake, Feb. 10, 2018
48 spots, No. 6 to 54, "Red," Taylor Swift, Oct. 27, 2012

Some of the songs above posted an initial week of impressive before free-falling on the Hot 100. "Immunity" debuted on the strength of a lofty streaming total (28.4 million) and slides 54 percent to 13 million, as it tumbles 6-45 on Streaming Songs.

"Immunity" also departs Digital Song Sales after debuting at No. 4, down 77 percent from 39,000 to 9,000 downloads sold.