Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, ascends to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 29), as previously reported, and frontman Adam Levine is celebrating the group’s return to the top.
“Reaching this milestone again is a dream for this band,” Levine tells Billboard.
Maroon 5, which is set to play the Super Bowl LII halftime show (although the NFL has not officially announced the news yet), earns its fourth Hot 100 No. 1, extending its career chart-topping span to over 11 years. “Makes Me Wonder” led for three weeks beginning in May 2007, followed by “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera (four weeks, 2011) and “One More Night,” (nine, 2012).
“We had confidence, but when you’ve done this for as long as we have, you are always aware that there are no guarantees until the people have spoken,” Levine says.
“For this to happen all these years later is truly a special gift.”
As it crowns the Hot 100 (and Cardi B becomes the first female rapper with three No. 1s on the chart), “Girls” leads the Radio Songs survey for a ninth week (127.6 million in airplay audience, according to Nielsen Music) and ranks at No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (21,000 sold) and No. 10 on Streaming Songs (25.4 million U.S. streams).
The song is the first pop hit to top the Hot 100 since Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, on the chart dated Jan. 27, ending a record 34-week streak of rap No. 1s.