It likely comes as no surprise to followers of Billboard‘s rock charts that Imagine Dragons stand among the genre’s most influential artists of the decade.
The Las Vegas rockers, who first began charting in March 2012 when their breakthrough single “It’s Time” (and its corresponding EP, Continued Silence) began to find an audience at alternative radio, kicked off their Billboard success via debut album Night Visions, which spurred a trio of hit singles.
After 2015 follow-up Smoke + Mirrors, 2017’s Evolve found the band back to generating multiple hit tracks, including “Believer,” “Thunder” and “Whatever It Takes.” Latest LP Origins arrived in 2018, furthering Imagine Dragons’ success across multiple radio formats and genre-based playlists.
The rankings are among 30 charts that Billboard has compiled encompassing the 2010s, including those covering all-genre streaming, radio airplay and song sales; all-genre social and touring activity; and the top songs and albums in country, R&B/hip-hop, Latin, Christian, gospel and dance/electronic. (See below for decade-end chart methodologies.)
‘BELIEVER’ RULES HOT ROCK SONGS
Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” is the No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s decade-end Hot Rock Songs chart.
A statement of sorts for the band — not just Evolve‘s lead single, it established Imagine Dragons as a formidable chart force after the relative drop-off of Smoke + Mirrors, singles-wise — the track ruled Hot Rock Songs for 29 weeks in March-October 2017 and charted for 87 weeks in all, the third-longest stay in the list’s history.
Follow-up single “Thunder” ends at No. 2 on the decade-end ranking, after it supplanted “Believer” atop Hot Rock Songs and dominated for 24 weeks (and charted for 81 weeks overall).
But Evolve wasn’t the only Imagine Dragons album that resulted in decade-end chart honors for the group. “Radioactive,” the band’s second career single, ranks at No. 3 on Hot Rock Songs for the 2010s, after 23 weeks atop the survey in 2013 (and 83 total weeks on the tally). Meanwhile, its 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Rock Airplay chart remain a record.
As for the rest of the Hot Rock Songs top five for the decade: Panic! at the Disco‘s “High Hopes” ranks at No. 4, powered by its record of 44 weeks and counting at No. 1, while The Lumineers‘ “Ho Hey,” which topped the chart for 18 weeks in late 2012, ranks at No. 5.
‘BLURRYFACE’ TOP ROCK ALBUM
Twenty One Pilots‘ Blurryface rules as the No. 1 title on Billboard‘s decade-end Top Rock Albums chart.
The 2015 LP led for nine total weeks, tied for sixth-most all- time, while its 234 weeks on the ranking to date are surpassed only by Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die (262) and Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (259). Blurryface spurred a pair of smash singles, “Stressed Out” and “Ride,” which commanded Hot Rock Songs for 23 and eight weeks, respectively.
Mumford & Sons‘ Sigh No More ranks as the decade’s No. 2 Top Rock Albums entry. A mainstay of the chart in the early years of the decade, it first crowned the tally in January 2011, 10 months after its debut, and ruled for six weeks, while charting for 180 total weeks. Sonically, the set also helped spark the decade’s stomp-and-clap folk-rock movement, as did the sounds of the Lumineers, among others.
Imagine Dragons’ aforementioned Night Visions ranks at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums for the 2010s, following its multi-year run on the chart and its nine-week reign.
Soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 places at No. 4 on the decade-end Top Rock Albums recap, after the set, which includes classics from Blue Swede, Redbone and Norman Greenbaum, ruled for nine weeks in 2014.
Rounding out the decade-end Top Rock Albums top five is Imagine Dragons’ Evolve, which holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums: 24, beginning in July 2017. To date, the set has yet to leave the weekly list’s top 20.
TOP ARTISTS: STAY TUNED!
For overall Top Artists and genre-specific artist recaps, including Top Rock Artists, acts ranked Nos. 11 through 50 on each are viewable in our decade-end charts menu, while those at Nos. 10 through 6 will be revealed monthly leading up to the Billboard Music Awards, airing live on NBC on April 29, 2020, when No. 1 for each category will be announced from among five remaining finalists.
How We Charted the Decade: Billboard‘s decade-end recaps encompass chart performance from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019 (except for those for the Social 50, which began on Dec. 11, 2010, and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Streaming Songs, each of which launched on Jan. 26, 2013).
On the decade-end Hot Rock Songs and Top Rock Albums recaps, titles are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 on weekly charts earning the greatest value and weeks at lower positions earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology and title turnover rates over the decade, certain periods were weighted differently.
Top Artists recaps are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their chart entries. Specifically, the overall Top Artists category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, while genre-focused Top Artists rankings blend acts’ decade-spanning performance on each genre’s main song and album charts (such as, for rock, Hot Rock Songs and Top Rock Albums).
Billboard‘s decade-end touring charts are based on Billboard Boxscore data for performances between Dec. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2019.