Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey's 'The Middle' Tops AC Chart, Backstreet Boys Earn First Top 10 Since 2005

Nick Walker
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey 

Also, BSB ascend to No. 10 with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle" rises to No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart (dated July 28).

The song marks the first AC leader for each act and halts the 22-week of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect," which tied Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (in 2010-11) for the third-longest command in the history of the chart, which began in 1961. Uncle Kracker's "Drift Away," featuring Dobie Gray, ruled for 28 weeks in 2003-04, while Sheeran's "Shape of You" led for 24 weeks in 2017.

Meanwhile, "The Middle" crowns the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 25th week. It topped Dance/Mix Show Airplay for 11 weeks and Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs for seven weeks each.

Also on AC, Backstreet Boys earn their first top 10 in nearly 13 years, as "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" lifts 11-10. The group had last hit the top 10 with "Incomplete" in 2005. BSB now boasts 11 AC top 10s, including two No. 1s: "I Want It That Way" (10 weeks on top in 1999) and "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (seven weeks, 1998).

"Break" concurrently bullets at its No. 13 high on Adult Pop Songs and reaches the top 20 (21-19) on Pop Songs, while jumping to a new high (82-63) on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Break" holds at No. 40 on the all-genre Radio Songs survey, up 7 percent to 27.1 million audience impressions in the week ending July 22, according to Nielsen Music. The group had least reached the chart's top 40 a year ago, as featured on Florida Georgia Line's "God, Your Mama, And Me" (No. 19), and had last reached the region as a lead act with "Incomplete" (No. 23) in 2005.

The Adult Contemporary chart measures total weekly plays among its reporting panel of 87 AC stations.