As previously reported, 5 Seconds of Summer‘s “Youngblood” becomes the Australian pop-rock band’s first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, rising from No. 11 to No. 10 on the tally dated Sept. 29.
The track claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive week, as it hits the Radio Songs chart’s top five, pushing 7-5 with 83.2 million audience impressions, up 14 percent, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. It also reaches the Digital Song Sales top five (6-5; 20,000 downloads sold, essentially even week-over-week).
“Youngblood” is the title track and second single from 5SOS’ third LP, which debuted atop the June 30-dated Billboard 200. Lead single “Want You Back” spent a week on the Hot 100, at No. 61, in March; as the band toured to promote the new set, “Youngblood” was getting a noticeably stronger reaction than “Back,” and Capitol Records decided instead to promote “Youngblood.”
As Greg Marella, Capitol Music Group executive vp promotion, told Billboard of the track, “The band made a hit record. It connected.”
Let’s take a look at 10 highlights of 5SOS’ journey to its first Hot 100 top 10.
April 19, 2014: A week after the band’s breakthrough hit, “She Looks So Perfect,” tops the Official UK Singles chart, the group makes its Hot 100 debut with the song, which goes on to reach No. 24 in June 2014. 5SOS concurrently arrives on the Billboard 200 for the first time, at No. 2 with its EP She Looks So Perfect.
June 21, 2014: 5SOS hits a No. 2 high on the Social 50 chart. To date, the band spent 151 weeks on the survey.
July 19, 2014: “Amnesia” hits No. 16 on the Hot 100, the band’s best peak on the chart until “Youngblood.”
Aug. 9, 2014: 5SOS scores its first Billboard 200 No. 1, with its debut self-titled LP.
Aug. 8, 2015: “She’s Kinda Hot” hits No. 3 on Digital Song Sales, the highest-charting of 5SOS’ seven top 10s on the tally.
Nov. 14, 2015: Sounds Good Feels Good launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, bowing as the band’s second leader.
June 30, 2018: Youngblood launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, granting the band history: 5SOS becomes the first Australian act with three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
July 28, 2018: “Youngblood” becomes 5SOS’ first Radio Songs entry, debuting at No. 45. As noted above, it becomes the band’s first top five hit on the latest, Sept. 29-dated ranking.
Aug. 25, 2018: “Youngblood” becomes 5SOS’ first top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, where it currently rises to No. 4. “At the time we started playing ‘Youngblood,’ there was seemingly no label push; it was purely a gut call based on my ears and the band’s previous success on Hits 1,” Sirius XM vp pop programming Kid Kelly told Billboard when the song reached the Pop Songs top 10. The channel leads all Pop Songs reporters with over 1,400 plays for the song through Sept. 23. “We thought the Hits 1 listeners would love the tune, and they do.”
Sept. 29, 2018: “Youngblood” becomes 5SOS’ first top 10 Hot 100 hit.