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The Killers Break Record for Longest Time Between Alternative Songs No. 1s

"Caution" becomes the band's first leader in over 13 years.

After more than 13 years away from the top spot, and despite a run of hits in between, The Killers are back at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart.

“Caution,” the Las Vegas band’s latest single, rises 2-1 on the April 25-dated chart to become The Killers’ first No. 1 on the list since “When You Were Young”; their lone prior leader reigned for two weeks in October 2006.

The Killers rewrite the record for the longest time between No. 1s in the Alternative Songs chart’s three-decade history, ending a span of 13 years and six months away from the top spot. The mark previously belonged to Beck, who waited 12 years, eight months and two weeks between “E-Pro” (2005) and “Up All Night” (2017).


The rise of “Caution” to No. 1 took just six weeks, more than halving the 13-week ascent of “When You Were Young.” “Caution” completes the quickest trip to No. 1 on Alternative Songs for any act in over a year, since Cage the Elephant‘s “Ready to Let Go” also needed only six weeks to lead in March 2019.

Between “When You Were Young” and “Caution,” The Killers still scored success on Alternative Songs, accumulating two top five hits and six top 10s, paced by the No. 2-peaking “The Man” in September 2017.

Concurrently, “Caution” hits No. 1 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, becoming The Killers’ first leader (since the chart began in 2009), earning 8.4 million audience impressions, up 5%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.


“Caution” is the lead single from Imploding the Mirage, The Killers’ sixth studio album, currently scheduled for a May 29 release.