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Band of Horses Rides to Its First No. 1 Song With ‘Crutch’

'Crutch' crowns the Adult Alternative Airplay chart.

Band of Horses achieves its first No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart, as “Crutch” rises to the top of the Adult Alternative Airplay list dated Jan. 8.

The ruler follows two top five Adult Alternative Airplay hits for the band, “Casual Party” (No. 4, 2016) and “In a Drawer” (No. 5, 2017).

Band of Horses first reached the tally in 2010, when “Laredo” peaked at No. 16.

Concurrently, “Crutch” lifts 31-27 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 1.3 million audience impressions, up 11%, according to MRC Data. It’s Band of Horses’ second highest charting hit on the survey; “Party” peaked at No. 19, aided by alternative radio spins that also sparked a No. 23 peak on Alternative Airplay.

The Ben Bridwell-fronted group has notched two No. 1s on album rankings: Cease to Begin led Independent Albums in 2007 and Why Are You OK topped Tastemakers in 2016.


“Crutch” is the lead single from Things Are Great, Band of Horses’ sixth studio album, due March 4. It’s the act’s first LP since Why Are You OK, which additionally hit No. 2 on the Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.