In the long history of fierce females in Alternative rock, only three have topped the Alternative Songs chart from Billboard more than once as a solo artist.
Billie Eilish just notched her second number one, as “bad guy” moves into the top position this week. In May, she climbed into first for the first time with “bury a friend.” That puts her in rare company, with only two other women who have made multiple visits to the lead spot on their own.
In 1995, Alanis Morrisette started an amazing run, landing at number one three times in the span of eight months. The angsty Canadian broke through with “You Oughta Know” in July on 1995, taking over with her scorned tale of extracurricular theater activities and revenge. She followed with number ones “Hand in My Pocket” in October and “Ironic” in March of 1996.
Alanis set the standard for women ruling the Alternative chart, but she wasn’t the first. Sinead O’Connor hit number one in March of 1990 with the Prince-penned “Nothing Compares 2 U”, and captured the top spot once again in May with “The Emperor’s New Clothes” for one week.
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In April, Eilish also became the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one album, with her debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?