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Ghost Waltzes to Third Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 With ‘Dance Macabre’

The Swedish rockers have linked three straight leaders since 2017.

Ghost snags its third consecutive and total leader on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart as “Dance Macabre” rises 2-1 on the ranking dated Feb. 16.

The second single from the band’s 2018 album Prequelle follows “Rats,” which led for seven weeks beginning last July.

Prequelle is the Swedish rockers’ first set with multiple No. 1s on Mainstream Rock Songs. They first led, for two weeks, in 2017 with “Square Hammer,” from their Popestar EP.


Concurrently, “Dance” reaches a new high in weekly audience impressions (4.2 million, according to Nielsen Music), as it holds at No. 15 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart.

The song also leaps 31-21 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart (after reaching No. 17 last month), drawing 606,000 U.S. streams and 1,000 downloads sold.

“Rats” was nominated, along with Prequelle, for this year’s Grammy Awards. The track competed for best rock song (won by St. Vincent‘s “Masseduction”) and best rock album (won by Greta Van Fleet‘s From the Fires, whose current single, “You’re the One,” rises 7-6 on Mainstream Rock Songs).