Cold War Kids’ “First” Retains #1 at Alt Radio; Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” Goes Top 5

Cold War Kids [Downtown Records]

The reign resumes for Cold War Kids’ “First.”

Spun ~2,813 times during the October 18-24 tracking week (-6), “First” earns a fifth consecutive week (and sixth total week) atop the Mediabase alternative airplay chart.

X Ambassadors’ former multi-week #1 “Renegades” remains the runner-up on this week’s chart. This week’s #2 position is attributable to the song’s ~2,389 tracking week spins (-57).

Up three places, twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out” follows at #3. The song, which is making its first Top 5 appearance, garnered ~2,375 weekly plays (+314).

Elle King’s “Ex’s And Oh’s” (#4, -1 | ~2,209, -143) and AWOLNATION’s “I Am” (#5, -1 | ~2,124, -107) complete the Top 5.

Written by Brian Cantor

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