The song, which accumulated 11 million audience impressions (up 6 percent) in the week ending Dec. 3, according to Nielsen Music, already eclipsed the Jared Leto-led rockers’ previous-best chart rank, No. 4, reached by a trio of hits: “Kings and Queens” and “This Is War” in 2010 and “Up in the Air” in 2013. (The chart began in 2009.)
More good news for Thirty Seconds to Mars: “Walk on Water” becomes the band’s first song to reach No. 1 on a Billboard airplay chart in over seven years. The trio has earned three No. 1s on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, most recently “This Is War” (July 31, 2010). “Water,” meanwhile, spends its third week at No. 2 on that ranking, blocked so far by Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still” for two weeks and, as of this week, Beck‘s “Up All Night.”
The success of “Water” on Rock Airplay is assisted by the track’s top 10 ascent on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, having peaked at No. 7 (Nov. 25) and ranking at No. 8 for the subsequent three weeks, although up in spins each week. That’s important to note because it’s the first time the act has reached the top 10 of that chart in a discography dating back to 2002, when “Capricorn (A Brand New Name)” peaked at No. 31. The band’s previous best on Mainstream Rock Songs? “From Yesterday,” which peaked at No. 11 in 2007.
“Water” is the lead single from Thirty Seconds to Mars’ upcoming fifth studio album, the follow-up to 2013’s Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. The new LP, the band’s first on Interscope Records (after departing Capitol), does not yet have an announced release date.