Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves”, from the band’s much acclaimed Dreamland album, has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the second week in a row. The news comes after last week’s record-breaking 59 week steady climb up the chart to the No. 1 position. The song has now also captured No. 1 on Billboard’s Radio Songs Chart and Global Excl. U.S. Chart for the first time.
This adds to the band’s numerous No. 1’s, including Billboard Global 200 Chart (third week in a row), Top 40 Radio Chart, Alternative Radio Chart & Hot AC Radio Chart (a first in the band’s career), Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart, Apple Music Alternative Top Songs Chart, and many more.
The song has broken numerous records and maintained its longevity through numerous platforms and support from fans and channels across the industry. It has racked up over 3 billion streams globally, with 1.3 billion streams on Spotify alone. It also remained at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart for 25 weeks.
In addition, “Heat Waves” is the first song by a British group to have topped the Hot 100 for multiple weeks in just over 25 years, since Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” led for four weeks in 1997. Written and produced by singer Dave Bayley, the song has made Glass Animals the first group to hit No. 1 on Hot 100 with a song solely written and produced by one of its members since Boston’s “Amanda” in 1986, written and produced by Tom Scholz. The song is the first No. 1 on the Top 40 Chart written by one writer since Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”.
Aside from Glass Animals’ recent success, frontman Dave Bayley co-wrote and co-produced Florence + The Machine’s newest single “My Love”, adding to his already impressive list of collaborations with other artists.