Hot 100 Chart Moves: Imagine Dragons Is First Act With Four Songs to Chart for at Least a Year Each


At 52 weeks, “Thunder” follows “Believer,” “Demons” & “Radioactive.”

As previously reported, Drake's “Nice for What” crowns the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third week, encompassing its entire run on the ranking, dating to its No. 1 debut.

Meanwhile, four songs debut in the Hot 100's top 10, marking a first in the chart's 59-year history. Ariana Grande's “No Tears Left to Cry” launches at No. 3 and J. Cole starts at Nos. 6, 8 and 10 with “ATM,” “Kevin's Heart” and “KOD,” respectively, as parent album KOD bows as his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200. On the Hot 100, Cole makes history as the first artist ever to debut three titles in the top 10 in the same week.

Who else makes notable chart moves this week?

@gthot20 Looks like "Thunder" by @Imaginedragons is now their 4th song to spend a year in the Hot 100 (no. 45 in its 52nd week)

— Kevin Dangoor (@dangoor) May 1, 2018

“Thunder,” Imagine Dragons
Correct, Kevin! The song, which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 (on Dec. 2), logs its 52nd week on the Hot 100, dropping 34-45. It's the group's unprecedented fourth song to spend at least a year on the chart. The band was already the first act with three such hits, dating to the list's Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

(Notably, songs have averaged significantly longer average chart runs since the Hot 100 adopted Nielsen data in 1991. “Thunder” is just the 60th title in the Hot 100's history to chart for at least a year, and the first since “Believer”; that's out over 27,000 total entries.)

Here is a recap Imagine Dragons' four Hot 100 hits to reach the longevity milestone:

87 weeks (the most any title), “Radioactive” (No. 3 peak; on Hot 100 in 2012-14)
61 weeks, “Demons” (No. 6; 2013-14)
52 weeks, “Believer” (No. 4, 2017-18)
52 weeks, “Thunder” (No. 4, 2017-18)

Imagine Dragons has earned the feat thanks, in part, to songs starting at rock radio and then crossing to pop formats. When “Believer” logged its 52nd week on the Hot 100, the band passed six acts with two songs apiece that have charted for at least 52 weeks: The Chainsmokers, Faith Hill, Lifehouse, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Train.

“Dame Tu Cosita,” El Chombo
The Panamanian producer (real name: Sebastian Clark) arrives with his viral hit, which enters the Hot 100 at No. 81. On Hot Latin Songs, it reaches the top five (6-5). The meme-assisted song bounds by 26 percent to 10.4 U.S. million streams, according to Nielsen Music.

“Everything's Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney
The collaboration debuts at No. 95 on the Hot 100. It also becomes Murphy's sixth Country Airplay top 10 (12-10) and first since his No. 5 hit “Loco” in 2004. Chesney adds his 54th Country Airplay top 10, a sum that includes at least one every year since 1995.