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Arcade Fire Earns First No. 1 Song With ‘Everything Now’

The track tops the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.

After more than a decade and a half as a band, Arcade Fire has achieved its first No. 1 song on a U.S. Billboard chart.

“Everything Now,” the lead single from the band’s upcoming fifth full-length album of the same name, vaults 3-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart dated July 29, giving Arcade Fire its first No. 1 song in the U.S. (The band formed in Montreal in 2001.)

The new No. 1 comes 10 years after the group’s first song on the ranking, “Keep the Car Running,” which debuted at No. 25 on the chart dated April 21, 2007, and eventually peaked at No. 19. That gives Arcade Fire the fifth-longest span between a first week on Adult Alternative Songs (which began in 1996) and a first week at No. 1, with a variety of fellow alt-rock heavyweights ahead in the mix: Modest Mouse, Wilco, Pearl Jam and, with the longest streak, Beck.

Longest Span Between First Entry & First No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs


16 years, six months, Beck (“Tropicalia,” 1998–”Blue Moon,” 2014)

13 years, five months, Pearl Jam (“Who You Are,” 1996–”Just Breathe,” 2010)

12 years, six months, Wilco (“Outtasite [Outta Mind],” 1997–”You Never Know,” 2009)

10 years, seven months, Modest Mouse (“Float On,” 2004–”Lampshades on Fire,” 2015)

10 years, three months, Arcade Fire (“Keep the Car Running,” 2007–”Everything Now,” 2017)

Of course, it’s not as if those acts hadn’t enjoyed success at the format while waiting for a first No. 1, as each had notched multiple top 10s ahead of their reigns. Beck, for instance, had made it as far as No. 2 in 2007 with “Think I’m in Love” and Pearl Jam to No. 3 with 2002’s “I Am Mine.” Plus, these acts simply aged further from alternative to the adult alternative format itself, just as their fanbases did.

“Now” also builds on Alternative Songs, where it rises to a new peak (24-21) and weekly plays total. The track is also the band’s first top 20 at the all-rock-format Rock Airplay (20-17; 4 million audience impressions, up 5 percent, in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music).

Everything Now is due July 28 on Columbia Records, marking the band’s first album for the label after releasing its previous four on Merge.