It’s been a long journey but finally he’s got there. Well over two years since winning Eurovision 2019 and four months after debuting in the Billboard Hot 100, Duncan Laurence has finally reached the top 40 with his song “Arcade”.
After its debut at No.100 back in April, “Arcade” has now reached a peak of No.38, putting it comfortably inside the coveted top 100. The Billboard Hot 100 is the industry standard chart for singles in the United States.
The song has spent 19 weeks in the Hot 100, slowly working its way up the ranking. It’s evidence of the continuing popularity of “Arcade”, with audiences relating to the heartbreak anthem.
Earlier this month, Duncan celebrated “Arcade” achieving Platinum certification in the United States and the song reaching the top ten for US radio play.
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“Arcade” first Eurovision winner to chart on Hot 100 since 1976
While Eurovision songs are frequently found in the charts around Europe, it’s a different story in the United States.
The last Eurovision winner to chart in the Hot 100 was Brotherhood of Man with their song “Kisses for Me”. It peaked at No.27 in 1976 and spent 11 weeks on the chart.
Two years before that, ABBA’s iconic song “Waterloo” spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100, with a peak of No.6.
A little more recently, the last Eurovision song to chart on the Hot 100 was Gina G’s “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit”. The song was the UK’s entry in Eurovision 1996, where it placed eighth.
In November 1996, the hi-NRG bop was released in the United States. It was a hit, spending 30 weeks on the chart and peaking at No.12.
Måneskin continue their Hot 100 impact
Eurovision winners Måneskin also make an appearance in the Billboard Hot 100. The Italian rockers are sitting at No.42 with their viral hit song “Beggin'”. The song previously peaked at No.35 and has been in the Hot 100 for eight weeks.
While Måneskin’s Eurovision 2021 winning song “Zitti e buoni” has not made it to the Hot 100, both songs have previously charted in the Billboard Global 200 and the Billboard Global Chart excl. US.
Currently “Beggin'” is at No.3 in the Billboard Global Chart excl. US, while “I Wanna Be Your Slave” is at No.16. In the Billboard Global 200 chart, “Beggin'” is at No.4, while “I Wanna Be Your Slave” is at No.21.
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