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Ariana Grande’s ‘We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love)’ Hits No. 1 on Pop Airplay Chart

She becomes the sixth act with 10 or more leaders on the list.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Katia Temkin

Ariana Grande’s “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love)” lifts to No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart (dated May 25).

With the track, from Grande’s Republic Records album Eternal Sunshine, she notches her 10th Pop Airplay leader, becoming the sixth act to amass a double-digit total. Taylor Swift boasts a record 13 No. 1s, followed by Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna (11 each), Justin Bieber, Grande (10 each), Bruno Mars and P!nk (nine each).


(The Pop Airplay chart, which began in October 1992, ranks songs by weekly plays on over 150 mainstream top 40 radio stations monitored by Mediabase, with data provided to Billboard by Luminate.)

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Grande co-wrote and co-produced “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love)” with Max Martin and ILYA.

Here’s a recap of Grande’s 10 Pop Airplay No. 1s:

  • “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love),” one week to date, May 25, 2024
  • “Die for You” (The Weeknd & Ariana Grande), two weeks, beginning Feb. 11, 2023
  • “34+35,” three weeks, beginning Feb. 13, 2021
  • “Positions,” seven weeks, beginning Dec. 26, 2020
  • “7 Rings,” six weeks, beginning March 16, 2019
  • “Thank U, Next,” one week, Jan. 26, 2019
  • “God Is a Woman,” one week, Nov. 10, 2018
  • “No Tears Left to Cry,” one week, July 21, 2018
  • “Side to Side” (feat. Nicki Minaj), five weeks, beginning Dec. 24, 2016
  • “Problem” (feat. Iggy Azalea), two weeks, beginning July 12, 2014

“We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love)” launched at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 23, becoming Grande’s ninth leader. The same week, Eternal Sunshinesoared in as her sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

All Billboard charts dated May 25 will update Tuesday, May 21, on Billboard.com.

This article was first published by Billboard U.S.

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