The Chainsmokers first record may just break a record. The EDM, pop, and electro pop duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart release their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open” back in 2016. Since then it has concurrently held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The chart is a measure of the most popular records from labels dealing in that specific genre. “Memories… Do Not Open” is presently on the thirty-fourth non-consecutive turn at the No.1 spot. This makes the duo’s first full length album the third-longest running album ever, tied with Gorillaz’s Demon Days which also has 34 turns. Speculation states that soon the album will command all of the third spot, as Demon Days looks to be poised to stop spinning.
Although the Chainsmokers have moved on to mainstream success, with many singles and EP’s charting, Memories remains their only studio album. The duo, which first formed back in 2012, has managed to remain mainstream despite the successes of incoming albums. The release of 2026 charting single, “Closer” saw Andrew Taggart take lead vocals. A refreshing difference from most typical EDM DJs. The popularity of Taggart’s vocal turn has become mainstay of the band. One of the songs on their still hit album features Taggart’s vocals. The brassy ballad, “The One” which is actually the first track on the album.
Earlier this year they released charting single, “Sick Boy” which has taken their music in another direction. “Sick Boy” contains a much darker theme underneath its catchy beats. As with “Closer” it once again features a departure from normal EDM as it contains a message. Both songs are the focused attempts of the duo to not only stay relevant but evolve into artists. According to Pall the decision to not just make dance music was made very early in the band’s life. Despite all the changes Memories continual presence in the top five is a nice reminder that their original stuff is still gold. As the album shows no sign of slowing down, it makes one excited for the release of their next studio album, “Somebody”.