ESC/Billboard Chart Update: “Arcade” misses again, and sadly may not have the fire to do it…

I reported a couple of weeks ago here on TKR that Duncan Laurence‘s 2019 ESC-winning entry “Arcade” was mere millimeters from becoming the first ESC-connected song to hit Billboard‘s revered Hot 100 chart in in 25 years.

Now, sadly, the moment for the Netherlands’ winner MAY have passed. In checking Billboard‘s other reference charts, despite still-growing airplay on AC and Hot AC radio, and decent runs on those charts, “Arcade” hit #101 – just ONE FRIGGIN’ SPOT below the official Hot 100 – two weeks ago. As of this morning’s issue, the song is at #109 on what is known as the “Bubbling Under” chart, and is unfortunately trending downward.

We came SOCLOSE this time! Dammit, I hope the song re-surges and manages to pull it off. The song is on other Billboard charts right now – #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart, down from a peak of 13 last week; it’s sitting at #20 on the Adult Pop Airplay chart, and is climbing there as more and more AC and Hot AC stations add the song; it’s at #30 on the Pop Airplay chart; and has also managed to hit #45 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart.

For the record again, “Arcade” is poised to possibly become the first Eurovision song – winner or entry – to chart on the Hot 100 since 1996, a whopping 25 years ago. The last song to grace the US chart was Gina G‘s worldwide smash “Ooh Ahh (Just A Little Bit)” which was the U.K. entry in the 1996 Eurovision contest, where it finished eighth. Recent releases of Eurovision songs by Netta and Serhat have both hit the Billboard Dance chart, but NOT the Hot 100.

As I also noted last week, if “Arcade” does indeed hit the Hot 100, it will be the first WINNING entry in a whopping 45 YEARS to make that revered chart; NO winners have managed to do it since a string of back-to-back ESC winners pulled off a hat trick on at least one of the two major charts from 1974-1976 – 1974’s winner, ABBA‘s “Waterloo” which hit #6 on the Hot 100 (surprisingly, it completely missed the AC chart, then still known as the Easy Listening chart, at the time), followed by 1975’s winner, Teach-In‘s “Ding A Dong“, which missed the Hot 100 but did manage to climb to #22 on the AC/Easy Listening chart, and finally and most recently, 1976’s winner, Brotherhood of Man‘s comical ditty “Save Your Kisses For Me“, the only one of the three which managed to make it onto both charts – it hit #27 on the Hot 100 and went all the way to #1 on the AC/Easy Listening chart. And right before those three, in early 1974, the runner up in 1973’s contest, Spain’s entry into ESC, Mocedades‘ “Eres Tu“, managed to become the first-ever Spanish-language top 10 hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #9, and also climbing to #8 on the AC/Easy Listening chart.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed, everyone!  Don’t give up hope yet!