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Billie Eilish Ties Record For Most No. 1s By a Soloist on Alternative Songs Chart With ‘Everything I Wanted’

Billie Eilish's "Everything I Wanted" ascends from No. 2 to No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs radio airplay chart dated Feb. 22 to become her third No. 1, a total that lifts her into a tie for…

Billie Eilish‘s “Everything I Wanted” ascends from No. 2 to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs radio airplay chart dated Feb. 22 to become her third No. 1, a total that lifts her into a tie for the most leaders among soloists in the list’s history.

Eilish first ruled with “Bury a Friend” for two weeks in May-June 2019, followed by “Bad Guy” for two weeks last August.

Eilish equals the No. 1 sums of Beck and Alanis Morissette. Beck has led with “Loser” (five weeks, 1994), “E-Pro” (one week, 2005) and “Up All Night” (seven, 2017-18), while Morissette tallied three toppers from her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill: “You Oughta Know” (five, 1995), “Hand in My Pocket” (one, 1995) and “Ironic” (three, 1996).


It’s little secret that rock radio has long been more a hotbed of success for bands than solo artists, and certainly since the grunge explosion of the 1990s, with soloists slightly more prominent in the Alternative Songs chart’s early days, dating to the survey’s September 1988 launch. Overall, 23 duos or groups boast four or more Alternative Songs No. 1s, led by Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ 13.

Still, Eilish’s success since last year has contributed to an upward trend for solo artists at the format in general. Her latest No. 1 is the fourth new leader of 2020, and three have been by soloists, with Absofacto and Meg Myers reigning so far this year. When Lana Del Rey‘s “Doin’ Time” hit No. 1 last September, it marked the first time that four leaders by soloists had reigned consecutively, as the song followed No. 1s by Dominic Fike, Matt Maeson and Eilish.

(As for other female-fronted acts, a nod to The B-52s, who earned three Alternative Songs rulers in the late ’80s and early ’90s: “Channel Z,” “Love Shack” and “Good Stuff.” Although not solely fronted by a woman, the band has featured vocals from both Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, in addition to Fred Schneider.)


Eilish continues her historic run on Alternative Songs, beyond her three leaders to date. She already holds the mark for the most top 10s in a row, five, by a solo woman to start a career on the survey, and, thanks to “Everything I Wanted,” earlier this month she tied The B-52s for the most out-of-the-gate top 10s on the chart by any act featuring vocals by a woman. Eilish’s other two charted titles, “You Should See Me in a Crown” and “All the Good Girls Go to Hell,” peaked at Nos. 7 and 5 in December 2018 and December 2019, respectively.

“Everything I Wanted” also ascends to the top of the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, surging 4-1 with 7.4 million audience impressions, up 16%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Eilish earns her first No. 1 on the ranking, exceeding the No. 2 peak of “Bad Guy” last August.

“Everything I Wanted” is currently a standalone single following Eilish’s LP When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which sparked her historic night at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, when she won five trophies and became the first woman ever to sweep the Grammys’ four major categories in the same night.