"Something Just Like This," with The Chainsmokers, is Coldplay's first leader on the list since "Viva La Vida" in 2008.
Coldplay notches its first No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart since 2008, as "Something Just Like This," with The Chainsmokers, climbs 3-1 (on the list dated June 10). The song is Coldplay's first leader on the survey since "Viva La Vida," which reigned for eight weeks, from the charts dated Aug. 23 through Oct. 11, 2008.
Coldplay ends the longest break between No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs: eight years and eight months. The band passes the six-year, four-month and one-week gap between Train's "Calling All Angels" in 2003 and "Hey, Soul Sister" in 2010, while Maroon 5 waited five years, 10 months and a week between "She Will Be Loved" (2004) and "Misery" (2010). (The chart began in Billboard magazine in March 1996.)
A common thread among Coldplay, Train and Maroon 5? An evolution by all three bands from core rock breakthrough singles to more pop-driven fare. Coldplay, which debuted with "Yellow" in 2000, returns to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs via its latest EDM collab, after reaching No. 3 in 2014 with the Avicii-assisted "A Sky Full of Stars," as well as No. 6 in 2016 with "Hymn for the Weekend," which sports Beyonce's vocals. After Train had arrived with "Meet Virginia," the band's Pat Monahan wrote "Sister" with Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund, two of the co-writers of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable." And, Maroon 5 traded the crunchier riffs of "Harder to Breathe" for synths dating primarily to 2007's "Makes Me Wonder," followed by hits featuring Rihanna and Christina Aguilera.
"Something" previously became Coldplay's first No. 1 on Pop Songs, for two weeks, and has led Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for 10 weeks to date. It's the second Adult Pop Songs No. 1 for both Coldplay and The Chainsmokers; the latter act led for four weeks in December with "Closer," featuring Halsey.