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Jack White Scores First Solo Radio Chart No. 1 With ‘Taking Me Back’

The song crowns Rock & Alternative Airplay and continues its rise at multiple rock radio formats.

Jack White claims his first solo No. 1 on a Billboard radio chart with “Taking Me Back,” which rises to the top of the Rock & Alternative Airplay list dated Feb. 5.

On Rock & Alternative Airplay, which reflects weekly audience impressions on all monitored rock formats (alternative, adult alternative and mainstream rock), “Back” reigns with 5.1 million impressions, up 4%, according to MRC Data.

Among his prior seven entries on the chart, which began in 2009, White climbed as high as No. 9 with “Lazaretto” in June 2014.


“Back” has reached all three plays-based, individual-format Billboard rock radio charts, notably climbing to No. 4 on the latest Alternative Airplay tally, where White earns his highest solo rank (besting a No. 9 peak for “Lazaretto”). He claims his highest position solo or with a band on Alternative Airplay since The Raconteurs‘ “Salute Your Solution” peaked at No. 4 in May 2008.

“Back” also places at No. 4 on Mainstream Rock Airplay, marking White’s highest rank, exceeding the No. 11 best for The White Stripes‘ “Icky Thump” in August 2007.

On Adult Alternative Airplay, “Back” ranks at No. 20, after reaching No. 18 in December.

Concurrently, on the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, “Back” places at No. 48, after rising to No. 27 in mid-January. In addition to its radio audience, the song earned 214,000 U.S. streams in the Jan. 21-27 tracking week.

“Back” is the lead single from Fear of the Dawn, White’s fourth solo studio album, expected April 8. An alternate version of the song is set to appear on an additional White LP, Entering Heaven Alive, due July 22.