This article is about the music chart. For the music genre, see Alternative rock
Alternative Songs (also called Alternative and formerly known as Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks) is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. It lists the 40 most-played songs on modern rock radio stations, most of which are alternative rock songs. The chart was introduced as a companion to the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and its creation was prompted by the explosion of alternative music on American radio in the late 1980s.
The chart is based solely on radio airplay. As of 2012, approximately 80 radio stations are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by a calculation of the total number of spins per week with its "audience impression", which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Arbitron listener data.
Many rock artists do not release commercial singles in the U.S. Several popular songs which were not released as commercial singles did not qualify for the Hot 100 before December 1998, but performed very well on Modern Rock Tracks.
During the first several years of Modern Rock Tracks, the chart featured music that did not receive commercial radio airplay anywhere but on Modern Rock radio stations, of which there were few. This included many electronic and post-punk artists. Gradually, as alternative rock became more "mainstream" (particularly spearheaded by the grunge explosion in the early 1990s), the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts began featuring more of the same songs. Today, the Alternative Songs chart (Modern Rock) favors more alternative rock, indie rock, and punk rock bands while the Mainstream Rock Songs favor more hard rock, post-grunge and heavy metal.
The chart was renamed Alternative Songs beginning with the June 20, 2009 issue after Billboard fully absorbed Radio & Records, whose similar chart was called "Alternative" instead of "Modern Rock".
The first number-one song on Modern Rock Tracks was "Peek-a-Boo" by Siouxsie and the Banshees. The current number-one song, for the issue dated June 1, 2013, is "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood.
Chart achievements 
- Artists with the most number-one songs:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (12)
- Linkin Park (11)
- Foo Fighters (9) (tie)
- Green Day (9) (tie)
- U2 (8)
- R.E.M. (6)
- Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number one:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (85)
- Foo Fighters (74)
- Linkin Park (72)
- Green Day (50)
- Muse (40)
- U2 (32)
- Artists with the most top ten songs:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (24)
- U2 (20) (tie)
- Foo Fighters (20) (tie)
- Green Day (20) (tie)
- Pearl Jam (18)
- The Smashing Pumpkins (17) (tie)
- The Offspring (17) (tie)
- Three songs have debuted at number one on this chart:
- "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by R.E.M. (1994)
- "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
- "What I've Done" by Linkin Park (2007)
- No single act has replaced themselves at number one on Modern Rock Tracks, although when "All My Life" by Foo Fighters replaced "You Know You're Right" by Nirvana on November 23, 2002, this gave back-to-back chart-toppers to musician Dave Grohl.
- Dave Grohl has made the top of this chart with a record four different bands: Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Nine Inch Nails.
- Linkin Park's 2003 album Meteora has generated the most number-one Modern Rock hits, with five.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers' album Californication and Linkin Park's album Meteora have generated songs with the highest total number of weeks spent at number one, each with thirty weeks total.
- The song that has taken the longest time to reach number one on Alternative Songs is "Animal" by Neon Trees (32 weeks).
- Jane's Addiction has had the longest time between number-ones (13 years), with "Been Caught Stealing" (1990) and "Just Because" (2003).
- The band to have the most charted songs without a number-one single is Korn, with 20.
- The bands with the most charted songs are Pearl Jam and U2, both with 36.
- Seven songs released on an independent record label have reached number one on this chart: "Come Out and Play" by The Offspring, "What It's Like" by Everlast, "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups, "1901" by Phoenix, "Lay Me Down" by The Dirty Heads featuring Rome Ramirez, "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons and "The Sound of Winter" by Bush.
- Twenty-seven songs have spent ten weeks or longer at number one. These are:
- 19 weeks
- "Madness" — Muse (2012-13)
- 18 weeks
- "The Pretender" — Foo Fighters (2007)
- 17 weeks
- "Uprising" — Muse (2009-10)
- 16 weeks
- "Scar Tissue" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
- "It's Been Awhile" — Staind (2001)
- "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" — Green Day (2004-05)
- 15 weeks
- "Sex and Candy" — Marcy Playground (1997-98)
- "What I've Done" — Linkin Park (2007)
- 14 weeks
- "By the Way" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (2002)
- "Dani California" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
- 13 weeks
- "Otherside" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000)
- "How You Remind Me" — Nickelback (2001)
- "Rope" — Foo Fighters (2011)
- "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons (2013)
- 12 weeks
- "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" — Fuel (2000-01)
- "Numb" — Linkin Park (2003)
- "New Divide" — Linkin Park (2009)
- "Somebody That I Used to Know" — Gotye featuring Kimbra (2012)
- 11 weeks
- "My Own Worst Enemy" — Lit (1999)
- "Kryptonite" — 3 Doors Down (2000)
- "Pork and Beans" — Weezer (2008)
- "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" — The Offspring (2008)
- "Lay Me Down" — The Dirty Heads featuring Rome Ramirez (2010)
- "Lonely Boy" — The Black Keys (2011-12)
- 10 weeks
- "Wonderwall" — Oasis (1995-96)
- "All My Life" — Foo Fighters (2002-03)
- "Tighten Up" — The Black Keys (2010-11)
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