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Cage the Elephant Scores Career First Atop Rock Airplay Chart With ‘Social Cues’

Cage the Elephant's "Social Cues" hits No. 1 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay tally dated Oct. 26.

A week after crowning Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart, Cage the Elephant‘s “Social Cues” hits No. 1 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay tally dated Oct. 26.

The second single from the Kentucky band’s latest album of the same name, released on RCA Records, rises 3-1 on Rock Airplay with 9.8 million audience impressions, up 13%, according to Nielsen Music.

Cage the Elephant collects its fifth Rock Airplay leader and achieves a personal first: it has now led the list with two singles from the same album for the first time. “Social Cues” follows the six-week reign of “Ready to Let Go” beginning in March. The band’s three other No. 1s were all released from different albums.


Meanwhile, Cage the Elephant ties Green Day for the second-most No. 1s in the history of Rock Airplay, which began in 2009. Green Day assumed sole possession of the rank on the previous tally (Oct. 19) with “Father of All…,” temporarily breaking out of a tie with Cage the Elephant.

Most Rock Airplay No. 1s

6, Foo Fighters
5, Cage the Elephant
5, Green Day
4, Imagine Dragons
4, The Black Keys
3, Linkin Park
3, twenty one pilots

“Social Cues” concurrently crowns Alternative Songs for a second week. It ruled Adult Alternative Songs for a week earlier in October.


Social Cues, Cage the Elephant’s fifth studio album, debuted at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums in May, tying the band’s best career rank, and has earned 107,000 equivalent album units to date.