The act’s fifth leader rises to No. 1 in just its fifth week on the survey.
Death Cab for Cutie returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for the first time in three years with "Gold Rush," which rises to the top the tally dated July 28.
"Rush," which rises 3-1, reigns in just its fifth week on the chart, completing Death Cab's quickest rise to No. 1, besting the six-week ascendances "Black Sun" in March 2015, "You Are a Tourist" in May 2011 and "I Will Possess Your Heart" in May 2008.
"Rush" makes the second-quickest rise to No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs in 2018; Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' "You Worry Me" needed just four weeks in February.
The Ben Gibbard-fronted Death Cab for Cutie now has five No. 1s on Adult Alternative Songs spread out over nearly 13 years; before "Rush" and the aforementioned singles that each took six weeks to hit No. 1, the band first led with "Soul Meets Body," which spent 10 weeks atop the ranking beginning in November 2005 (and first ruled in its eighth chart week).
The band ties Florence + The Machine for ninth place among acts with the most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s, dating to the chart's 1996 launch. U2 leads with 13 No. 1s.
Concurrently, "Rush" holds at its No. 9 peak on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart (5.9 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music) and returns to its No. 14 high on Alternative Songs.
"Rush" is the lead single from Thank You for Today, the band's ninth studio album and first since 2015's Kintsugi. The new set is due Aug. 17 on Atlantic Records.