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The Black Keys’ ‘Wild Child’ Reigns on Adult Alternative Airplay Chart

The duo adds its seventh No. 1, a run that began with 'Lonely Boy' in 2011.

The Black Keys reach No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Airplay chart with “Wild Child,” which rises to the top of the ranking dated April 16.

“Child” ascends to the summit in its fourth week on the tally, becoming the second song to take four or fewer frames to reign in 2022, following Portugal. The Man‘s “What, Me Worry?,” which also led in its fourth week (March 19).

It’s The Black Keys’ seventh No. 1 on Adult Alternative Airplay and first since “Crawling Kingsnake,” which led for three weeks beginning last May. The duo first ruled with “Lonely Boy” in 2011-12. Since its first week on top (Dec. 17, 2011), the act boasts the most leaders in that span, one-upping The Lumineers.

Over the history of Adult Alternative Airplay, which began in January 1996, The Black Keys tie for the sixth-most No. 1s. Coldplay and U2 lead with 13 apiece.


Most No. 1s, Adult Alternative Airplay
13, Coldplay
13, U2
11, Dave Matthews (solo and with Dave Matthews Band)
10, Jack Johnson
8, John Mayer
7, The Black Keys
7, Counting Crows
7, Sheryl Crow
7, R.E.M.

Elsewhere, “Child” lifts 5-4 on Alternative Airplay and 16-15 on Mainstream Rock Airplay. On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, the song bullets at its No. 3 best with 5.2 million audience impressions, up 7%, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.

“Child” also jumps 36-31 (after debuting at its No. 21 high in March) on the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs list. In addition to its airplay, the song earned 779,000 official U.S. streams and sold 600 downloads in the April 1-7 tracking week.

The song introduces Dropout Boogie, The Black Keys’ 11th studio album, due May 13.