Chart Analysis December 7, 2018

‘Shut Up & Dance’ is the longest-serving single on the TMN Hot 100

Charts & New Music Editor
‘Shut Up & Dance’ is the longest-serving single on the TMN Hot 100

US band Walk The Moon may not be classed as enduring hitmakers, but their breakthrough single ‘Shut Up & Dance’ has just earned them one of the most revered titles in Australian radio.

The single is now the longest-serving single of all time on the TMN Hot 100 airplay chart with 161 weeks, clinching the title in the final chart week of 2018.

That title previously belonged to Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ (2008) whose three-plus years in the chart included three weeks at #1.

‘Shut Up & Dance’ debuted at #38 on 2 April 2015, and within a month, had already entered the Top 10. Peaking at #2, it was denied the top spot only by Wiz Khalifa’s smash hit ‘See You Again’ ft. Charlie Puth.

With Walk The Moon setting a new chart record this week, TMN takes a closer look at the singles that have racked up the most time in the chart. 

#1. Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up & Dance’ (161 weeks)

It took ‘Shut Up & Dance’ exactly three years and eight months to bag the new chart record. The single peaked at #3 on the ARIA Singles Chart and also peaked in the Top 10 on Shazam, iTunes and Spotify Australia charts.

#2. Kings Of Leon – ‘Use Somebody’ (160 weeks)

‘Use Somebody’ was Kings Of Leon’s second hit to conquer radio. The last of its 160 weeks on the chart came in May 2012. ‘Sex Of Fire’ also peaked at #1 and spent a respectable 126 weeks on the chart, making the Nashville natives one of the most successful and lasting artists in Hot 100 history.

#3. Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Funk’ (155 weeks)

A brazen return to the electro-funk of the early ’80s, Mark Ronson achieved his first and only airplay #1 to date with ‘Uptown Funk’. It was Bruno Mars’ third chart-topper and first as a feature artist. The single is currently sitting at #74 on the Hot 100 and looks likely to push for the all-time record.

#4. Vance Joy – ‘Riptide’ (151 weeks)

With the lowest peak of any track on the list (#3), ‘Riptide”s longevity on the chart proves you don’t need to rise to the summit to have a long career on the airwaves. With triple j offering up original support, it wasn’t until Nova and Triple M came on board that the single started to really shine. ‘Riptide’ spent a total of 11 weeks in the Top 10.

#5. Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’ (146 weeks)

Coldplay‘s ascension up the chart was swift and effortless with ‘Viva La Vida’. Debuting at #21, the song went straight to #4 on its second week. Four weeks later it was #1. ‘Viva’ marked the UK band’s third #1 on the Hot 100 following ‘Speed Of Sound’ and ‘Talk’.

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