“High Hopes” becomes Panic’s first Pop Songs No. 1.
Panic! at the Disco dances to its first No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart (dated Dec. 15), as “High Hopes” rises to the top. The Brendon Urie-led act bests its prior peak on the survey, set when its first entry, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” reached No. 2 in August 2006.
While Panic’s 12-year, six-month and two-week span between its first week on Pop Songs and its first No. 1 was lengthy, it’s not a record: Coldplay completed a 16-year and two-month odyssey from its debut hit, “Yellow,” in March 2001 to its first leader, “Something Just Like This,” with The Chainsmokers, in May 2017.
In third place, Enrique Iglesias crowned Pop Songs for the first time in March 2011 with “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E, after Iglesias had first appeared on the chart in July 1999, ending a wait of 11 years and eight months.
Meanwhile, “Hopes” leads Alternative Songs for a fifth week and Adult Pop Songs for a second week. The song is just the fourth to top those two airplay charts and Pop Songs simultaneously, dating to the March 1996 inception of Adult Pop Songs in Billboard’s pages in March 1996. (Pop Songs began in October 1992 and Alternative Songs, in September 1988.)
Gotye had last earned such a triple crown, leading the three lists dated June 23, 2012, with “Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra. Before that, Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” topped the tree tallies at the same time for four weeks in March 2005, and Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” first achieved the feat on Aug. 1, 1998.
“Hopes” rules the all-format Radio Songs chart for a third week, up 7 percent to 113.8 audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 9, according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre, streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100, “Hopes” holds at No. 5, the band’s best career rank, having topped the No. 7 peak of “Sins.”