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From Elvis & The Beatles to Twenty One Pilots: Rock Acts With Simultaneous Hot 100 Top 10s

Twenty One Pilots ascend to an elite group of rock acts in Hot 100 history.

Twenty One Pilots are now cruising at chart altitudes previously reached by the likes of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Overused flight puns aside, Twenty One Pilots land (sorry) in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 27) with “Heathens” (11-4), from the Suicide Squad: The Album soundtrack, while “Ride,” from the act’s album Blurryface, holds at No. 7. (Suicide Squad debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200; Blurryface, which has sold 1.06 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, opened at No. 1 on the June 6, 2015, chart and ranks at No. 6 in its 65th week.)

As “Heathens” joins “Ride” in the Hot 100’s top 10, Twenty One Pilots (aka, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) make history, becoming the first alternative duo or group ever with two simultaneous Hot 100 top 10s. Among all alternative acts, only singer-songwriter Lorde previously doubled up in the same week, in 2014.


Meanwhile, Twenty One Pilots are the first overall rock duo or group (not restricting qualifiers only to alternative) with two concurrent Hot 100 top 10s since Santana in 2000.

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On that last note, more specifically, looking back over the Hot 100’s 58-year history, Twenty One Pilots join a select number of rock acts that have doubled up in the chart’s top 10 for at least one week. Unsurprisingly, The Beatles have done so the most, logging a fab 25 weeks with at least two simultaneous top 10s between 1964 and 1969. In that span were two weeks (April 4 and 11, 1964) when they charted a record five songs in the top 10; on April 4, 1964, all five ranked at Nos. 1-5.

Also not surprising: Presley ranks second with 10 weeks of two songs in the top 10 at the same time, in 1958-61. (His total would likely be higher had the Hot 100 existed when his career began in 1956; the Hot 100 premiered Aug. 4, 1958.) Reinforcing their royalty, The Beatles and The King are the only acts to post weeks with concurrent top 10s with more than one pair of songs (or, in the Beatles’ case, even more than a pair); see below. Plus, John Lennon doubled up with simultaneous top 10s both with The Beatles and as a soloist.

From Elvis to The Beatles to, now, Twenty One Pilots, here are the elite rock acts to log simultaneous top 10 Hot 100 hits. (Notably, while Lorde is on the alt-pop side of rock, “Royals” and “Team” were smashes at alternative rock radio. And, some songs below, like Bryan Adams’ “Please Forgive Me,” are clearly pop-leaning, but acts’ overall catalogs were considered for their inclusion on this list; it also makes sense that pop-flavored rock would be among rock acts’ biggest Hot 100 hits, given those songs’ mass appeal.)

Twenty One Pilots
“Heathens” & “Ride” (one week to date, 2016)

“Royals” & “Team” (three, 2014)

“Maria Maria” (feat. The Product G&B) & “Smooth” (feat. Rob Thomas) (six, 2000)

Bryan Adams
“All for Love” (with Rod Stewart and Sting) & “Please Forgive Me” (five, 1993-94)

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John Mellencamp
“Hurts So Good” & “Jack & Diane” (four, 1982)

The J. Geils Band
“Centerfold” & “Freeze-Frame” (one, 1982)

John Lennon
“(Just Like) Starting Over” & “Woman” (two, 1981)

The Dave Clark Five
“Bits and Pieces” & “Glad All Over” (one, 1964)

The Beatles
“Come Together” & “Something” (three, 1969)
“Penny Lane” & “Strawberry Fields Forever” (one, 1967)
“Day Tripper” & “We Can Work It Out” (three, 1966)
“I Feel Fine” & “She’s a Woman” (two, 1964-65)
“Love Me Do” & “P.S. I Love You” (one, 1964)
“Do You Want to Know a Secret” & “Love Me Do” (one, 1964)
“Can’t Buy Me Love” & “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (one, 1964)
“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret” & “Twist and Shout” (two, 1964)
“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” “She Loves You” & “Twist and Shout” (one, 1964)
“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Please Please Me,” “She Loves You” & “Twist and Shout” (two, 1964)
“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Please Please Me,” “She Loves You” & “Twist and Shout” (two, 1964)
“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Please Please Me” & “She Loves You” (three, 1964)
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” & “She Loves You” (three, 1964)

Elvis Presley
“Little Sister” & “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame” (one, 1961)
“I Need Your Love Tonight” & “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I” (five, 1959)
“I Got Stung” & “One Night” (four, 1958)