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Jack Johnson Moves ‘One Step Ahead’ to Top of Adult Alternative Airplay Chart

Johnson scores his 11th leader, tying for the third-most in the chart's history.

Jack Johnson‘s “One Step Ahead” makes a move mirroring its title, climbing from No. 2 to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Airplay chart dated July 23.

“Step” is Johnson’s 11th No. 1 on the survey, which began in 1996. He first ruled with “Flake” for three weeks in June 2002 and had last led with his Milky Chance collaboration “Don’t Let Me Down” for a frame in July 2020.

Johnson ties for the third-most leaders in the chart’s history, alongside Dave Matthews, solo and fronting Dave Matthews Band. Coldplay and U2 lead all acts with 13 No. 1s apiece.


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

Johnson boasts the most career weeks atop Adult Alternative Airplay among soloists, adding his 62nd. Overall, he ranks third, after U2 (70 weeks) and Coldplay (69).

Concurrently, “Step” ranks at No. 36 (after reaching No. 33) on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 1.1 million audience impressions, according to Luminate. In addition to its adult alternative radio airplay, the song is bubbling under Alternative Airplay.

“Step” is the lead single from Meet the Moonlight, Johnson’s eighth studio album. It debuted at Nos. 2, 10 and 10 and on the Americana/Folk Albums, Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts dated July 9, respectively, and has earned 27,000 equivalent album units to date.