Meg Myers wins her first number 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart in record fashion.
Her cover of Kate Bush’s 1985 classic “Running Up That Hill” soars 2-1 in her 42nd week on the list (dated February 1), rewriting the mark for the longest trip to the top in three history. decades of the graphic.
He spent the 33-week “Out of My League” trip from Fitz and the Tantrums in 2013.
Longest climbs to # 1 on alternative songs
42 weeks, “Running Up That Hill”, Meg Myers (February 1, 2020)
33 weeks, “Out of My League”, Fitz and the Tantrums (October 12, 2013)
32 weeks, “Mountain at My Gates”, Foals (March 19, 2016)
32 weeks, “Animal”, Neon Trees (October 2, 2010)
31 Weeks, “1901”, Phoenix (February 20, 2010)
“Running Up That Hill” mingled with a similar company on the Rock Airplay roster in the all-rock format, where it took 29 weeks to reach No.1 (January 25), tied for the third longest trip to the Mountain peak; “Out of My League” owns this mark with its 33 week ascent. The song dominated Rock Airplay for a second week, up 9% to 9.1 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data.
The new Myers frontman is by far his highest track record on alternative songs since his debut entry in 2014, surpassing his previous No.16, set with “Sorry” in June 2015.
“Running Up That Hill” also marks the first reigning remake of alternative songs since Lana Del Rey updated Sublime’s “Doin ‘Time” for three weeks last fall.
Myers is the second artist in a row to score a number 1 debut on alternative songs, after Absofacto with “Dissolve”.
Bush’s original No. 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was released on November 30, 1985 and remains his top-ranked single of four career Hot 100 entries. After the launch of Alternative Songs in 1988, she scored four top 10s in the survey until 1993.