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Mumford & Sons Shine ‘Guiding Light’ at No. 1 on Alternative Songs Chart

The track is Mumford and co.'s fourth leader on the list & first since "Believe" in 2015.

Mumford & Sons halt Panic! at the Disco‘s 10-week run atop the Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart with “High Hopes,” as “Guiding Light” lifts 3-1 on the Jan. 26-dated list.

The British band earns its fourth No. 1 on the list and first since “Believe,” which ruled for three weeks in April-May 2015. Since then, Mumford & Sons had scored an additional top five hit (“The Wolf,” No. 4, August 2015) and a top 15 track (“Ditmas,” No. 15, February 2016).

The Marcus Mumford-led act first ruled Alternative Songs with debut entry “Little Lion Man,” for a week in October 2010. Its other No. 1, “I Will Wait,” also for a week, in October 2012.


With “Light” having previously led the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for 10 weeks, it’s the first song to have topped both tallies since Portugal. The Man‘s “Live in the Moment” in early 2018. One other title has done so since the beginning of 2018: Alice Merton‘s “No Roots.”

“Light” has since fallen to No. 4 on Adult Alternative Songs, with Maggie Rogers, Mumford & Sons’ most recent tour opener, taking over the top spot for the last three weeks running with “Light On.”

Mumford’s “Light” concurrently holds at its No. 2 high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart with 10.5 million audience impressions, up 2 percent, according to Nielsen Music.

The song has also been making inroads at pop radio, rising 28-26 on Adult Pop Songs. The band’s previous entry on the list, “Believe,” reached No. 17 in May 2015, becoming the band’s third top 20 hit. It led the list with “I Will Wait” in April 2013.

“Light” is the lead single from Delta, Mumford & Sons’ fourth LP, which bowed as the band’s third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 1, 2018, with 230,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week.