The Head and the Heart had previously earned pair of chart-toppers on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart. Now, with a slightly amped-up sound, the Seattle folk-rock act moves into new territory: No. 1 on Alternative Songs.
The band earns its first Alternative Songs leader as "All We Ever Knew," its first entry on the list, lifts 3-1 on the chart dated Dec. 10. The track previously led Adult Alternative Songs for eight weeks beginning in August.
"All We Ever Knew" is the lead single from The Head and the Heart's major-label (Warner Bros.) debut LP Signs of Light, which became the band's first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums (dated Oct. 1) and second No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, selling 37,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The set sports fuller production than the group's prior output (on the Sub Pop label), helping make for a better fit on alternative airwaves.
The Alternative Songs coronation of "All We Ever Knew" also makes The Head and the Heart the fourth act in 2016 to reign with its first title on the chart, following Kaleo ("Way Down We Go"), The Strumbellas ("Spirits") and Nothing But Thieves ("Trip Switch"). Notably, those acts were largely newcomers with their No. 1s, while The Head and the Heart have enjoyed success dating to their first airplay leader, "Lost in My Mind," which topped Adult Alternative Songs in 2011.
"All We Ever Knew" is additionally The Head and the Heart's biggest hit on the Rock Airplay chart, where it holds at its No. 4 high (9 million in rock radio audience in the week ending Nov. 27).
Meanwhile, second Signs of Light single "Rhythm & Blues" reaches a new peak on Adult Alternative Songs, rising 19-17 in its third week on the chart.