Fun. is no. 1. Period. The New York trio has claimed the top spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with the stately, Queen-like anthem ”We Are Young.” That makes Fun. the first rock band to top the charts since Coldplay’s ”Viva la Vida” spent a single week in the captain’s chair in 2008. The last time a rock band sent its first charting single to the top spot? That’d be 2001, when Nickelback’s ”How You Remind Me” claimed the prize.
Conceived by frontman Nate Ruess while he was driving and recorded with producer Jeff Bhasker (who also recruited guest vocalist Janelle Monáe, ”We Are Young” has been building momentum steadily since its Sept. 20 release. In addition to play on mainstream and alternative radio, ”Young” appeared in a December episode of Glee and in a Super Bowl ad for Chevrolet. Still, the single’s crossover success has caught the band by surprise. ”We’re thankful, happy, and completely puzzled at the same time,” says Ruess. ”Every day brings a crazy new thing we never thought would happen.”