Glass Animals break US chart record with viral smash Heat Waves

The Oxfordshire-based band had a similarly long journey to the UK Top 10 too.

Glass Animals have smashed a US chart record as their viral smash hit Heat Waves ascends into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 for the first time this week. 

The Oxfordshire-based band have reached worldwide commercial success with the fourth single from their third album Dreamland, after the track initially gained traction through TikTok. 

Now, according to Billboard, Heat Waves has completed the longest climb to the Top 10 in US chart history, taking a total of 42 weeks. It's also the band's first US Top 10 single, as well as their first song to ever chart on the Hot 100. 

It beats out the previous record-holder - American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's Before He Cheats - which took 38 weeks to crack the Top 10. 

In the UK, Heat Waves reached a peak of Number 5 over the summer. According to Official Charts Company data, the track had a similarly long-winded climb to the UK Top 10 as well; taking 35 consecutive weeks of upward trajectory. 

MORE: Glass Animals' Official Charts history in full here

Since forming in 2010, Glass Animals have released three studio albums, 2014's Zaba and 2016's How To Be A Human Being, which peaked at Number 23 on the Official Albums Chart and was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize

Last year their third album Dreamland debuted at Number 2 becoming their highest-charting effort to date.

In September, the group released the follow-up single to their breakthrough hit. I Don't Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance) serves as the lead single from the deluxe issue of Dreamland (+ Bonus Levels).