Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” Holds #1 at Alternative Radio; Cage The Elephant Joins Top 5

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Make that six for twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out.”

Six weeks atop the Mediabase alternative airplay chart, that is.

The song, which concurrently enters the Top 20 at pop radio and Top 30 at hot adult contemporary radio, again ranks as the alternative format’s most-played song.

This week’s victory comes courtesy the ~3,321 plays “Stressed Out” received during the December 6-12 tracking week (+34).

Cold War Kids’ “First,” again its closest competition, follows distantly with ~2,588 weekly plays (-50).

Death Cab For Cutie’s “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” (#3, +1 | ~2,324, -44) and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ “SOB” (#4, – 1 | ~2,297, -88) follow at #3 and #4, respectively, while Cage The Elephant’s “Mess Around” rises to #5.

Up one place, “Mess Around” received ~2,182 tracking week spins (+94).

Written by Brian Cantor

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