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Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance’ Breaks Record Atop Hot Rock Songs Chart

The track leads for a 24th week, passing hits by Hozier and Imagine Dragons.

Walk the Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” breaks the record for the most time leading Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart (dated Sept. 19), as it reigns for a 24th week. 

The track, released on RCA Records, surpasses both Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church,” which led Hot Rock Songs for 23 weeks from November 2014 to April, and Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive” (also 23 weeks, April-September 2013). (The chart launched in June 2009.) “Dance” breaks the No. 1 longevity mark as it wraps a full year, 52 weeks, on the survey.


“It’s been so empowering and so surreal to watch ‘Shut Up and Dance’ grow and now see it smash a Billboard record,” says Walk the Moon lead vocalist Nicholas Petricca. (The group, formed in Cincinnati in 2008, took its name from The Police’s classic track “Walking on the Moon.”) “Knowing that the song has connected with so many people in America and all over the world is a huge feeling of victory.

“We’re just writing from the heart, and I think many people crave to connect with those real-life stories.”“Dance” first led the Hot Rock Songs chart dated April 11, dethroning Hozier’s “Church.” The alt-pop band previously charted as high as No. 20 on the list with “Anna Sun” in 2012. 

“Dance” is Walk the Moon’s best-selling song, having sold 2.9 million downloads since its release, according to Nielsen Music, and reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. (It currently ranks at No. 17 in its 43rd week on the Hot 100.) The smash has also led the Adult Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary and Alternative Songs airplay charts.
Meanwhile, “Different Colors,” the second single from the group’s latest album, Talking Is Hard, rises to a new peak (14-12) on Alternative Songs.