Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” Ties Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” as Longest Charting Hot 100 Single

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Imagine Dragons holding their 2014 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance (“Radioactive”)

Over the course of the past few months I’ve managed to gain a strong like for Imagine Dragons . And after their amazing performance with Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys last month, not only did I become a fan but I took myself to iTunes and bought their debut studio album. I love it.

It has been announced by Billboard that their hit song “Radioactive” has managed to stay on the chart for a total of 76 weeks, making it equal to the 76 week chart life of Jason Mraz ‘s “I’m Yours” in 2008-2009.

This week, the song holds the #23 position on the Hot 100, down 10 spots from its position at #13 last week, which was claimed after band’s performance of the song with Kendrick at the Grammy Awards. Considering its position on the chart, the song looks likely to break Jason Mraz’s mark next week.

While “Radioactive” only peaked at #3 on the Hot 100, it did reach #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart and #1 on the US Rock Songs chart. On the 2013 Year-end chart, it remained at the same position on the same charts. In total, it has sold 6,286,000 downloads.

The song’s longevity on the chart could be attributed to the success of crossing over from rock to adult and pop radio over the past year, as well as the band’s growing popularity.

It first debuted at #93 on the week of August 18, 2012, and dropped to #98 in the second week. It returned to the chart on September 29, 2012 and has been on the chart ever since.

In March 2013 it began holding the #1 spot on the Alternative Songs for 13 weeks and peaked at #2 on the Adult Pop Songs in August, as well as #2 on the Pop Songs chart.

The fact that it’s a mix of three big genres — pop, rock, and dubstep — makes it even better. Take a look at the Top 10 longest-charting entries on the Hot 100 in its 55 year-history below:

76, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, 2013*

76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, 2008

75, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, 2013*

69, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 1997

68, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1, 2011

65, “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele, No. 1, 2011

65, “You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games,” Jewel, No. 2, 1997

64, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, No. 8, 2007

62, “Ho Hey,” the Lumineers, No. 3, 2012

62, “You and Me,” Lifehouse, No. 5, 2005