List of number-one Billboard Rock Songs

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Twenty One Pilots has recorded three number-one singles and have spent the longest amount of time (48 weeks) atop the chart.

Hot Rock Songs is a record chart published by Billboard magazine. From its debut on June 20, 2009, through October 13, 2012, the chart ranked the airplay of songs across alternative, mainstream rock, and triple A radio stations in the United States.[1] However, since the chart dated October 20, 2012, the Hot Rock Songs chart has followed the methodology of the Billboard Hot 100 by incorporating digital download sales, streaming data, and radio airplay of rock songs over all formats.[2] Before that date the chart was ranked by overall audience impressions (the approximate number of audience impressions made for each play, as determined by BDS data cross-referenced with Arbitron listener information).[3]

Since its introduction, forty three singles have reached the number-one position on the Rock Songs chart. Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots and Linkin Park have been the most successful groups, with each having three singles to top the chart. Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" is the longest running number-one single, having spent a total of twenty-seven consecutive weeks atop the chart. Twenty One Pilots have spent the longest time atop the chart, as their three number-one singles have spent a combined forty-eight weeks at the summit. Out of the forty three singles that hit the number-one position, eleven singles spent two separate runs atop the chart. Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" is the only single to have returned to the top position for three distinct runs. Thirty artists have recorded number-one singles. The first number-one single on the chart was Green Day's "Know Your Enemy", which led the chart's debut week. The most recent number-one single is the Twenty One Pilots song "Heathens".

List of number-one songs[edit]

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Linkin Park has recorded three number-one singles and have spent 28 weeks atop the chart.
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The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" spent 14 weeks atop the chart in 2011, and was later ranked as the year-end number-one song.
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Gotye became the first solo artist to reach the number-one position, with the single "Somebody That I Used to Know" in 2012.
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Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" holds the record for the most consecutive weeks spent at the number-one position with 27.
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Prince's single "Purple Rain" is the first posthumous number-one single.
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Twenty One Pilots' single "Heathens" is the most recent number-one single.
Key
No. nth single to top the chart
re Return of a single to number one
dagger Billboard year-end number-one song[a]
Number-one singles with artist, date, time spent, and references
No. Artist Single Reached number one Weeks at
number one
Ref.
1 Green Day "Know Your Enemy" June 20, 2009 1 [6]
2 Linkin Park "New Divide" June 27, 2009 12 [7]
3 Alice in Chains "Check My Brain" September 19, 2009 8 [8]
4 Foo Fighters "Wheels" November 14, 2009 2 [9]
5 Breaking Benjamin "I Will Not Bow" November 28, 2009 2 [10]
6 Three Days Grace "Break" December 12, 2009 12 [11]
7 Alice in Chains "Your Decision" March 6, 2010 6 [12]
8 Stone Temple Pilots "Between the Lines" April 17, 2010 7 [13]
9 Three Days Grace "The Good Life" June 5, 2010 6 [14]
10 Shinedown "The Crow & the Butterfly" July 17, 2010 1 [15]
11 The Dirty Heads featuring Rome Ramirez "Lay Me Down" July 24, 2010 1 [16]
re Shinedown "The Crow & the Butterfly" July 31, 2010 3 [15]
12 Linkin Park "The Catalyst" August 21, 2010 5 [17]
13 Disturbed "Another Way to Die" September 25, 2010 1 [18]
14 Stone Sour "Say You'll Haunt Me" October 2, 2010 8 [19]
15 The Black Keys "Tighten Up" November 27, 2010 2 [20]
re Stone Sour "Say You'll Haunt Me" December 11, 2010 1 [19]
re The Black Keys "Tighten Up" December 18, 2010 10 [20]
16 Cage the Elephant "Shake Me Down" February 26, 2011 2 [21]
17 Foo Fighters "Rope"dagger[22] March 12, 2011 20 [23]
18 Foo Fighters "Walk" July 30, 2011 1 [24]
19 Red Hot Chili Peppers "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" August 6, 2011 8 [25]
re Foo Fighters "Walk" October 1, 2011 7 [24]
20 Bush "The Sound of Winter" November 19, 2011 5 [26]
21 The Black Keys "Lonely Boy"dagger[27] December 24, 2011 14 [28]
22 Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" March 31, 2012 4 [29]
23 Fun featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young" April 28, 2012 1 [30]
re Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" May 5, 2012 3 [29]
24 Linkin Park "Burn It Down" May 26, 2012 10 [31]
25 Green Day "Oh Love" August 4, 2012 1 [32]
re Linkin Park "Burn It Down" August 11, 2012 1 [31]
re Green Day "Oh Love" August 18, 2012 6 [32]
26 The Lumineers "Ho Hey" September 29, 2012 2 [33]
27 Mumford and Sons "I Will Wait" October 13, 2012 1 [34]
28 Fun "Some Nights" October 20, 2012 8 [35]
re The Lumineers "Ho Hey" December 15, 2012 16 [33]
29 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"dagger[36] April 6, 2013 23 [37]
30 Lorde "Royals" September 14, 2013 19 [38]
31 Passenger "Let Her Go" January 25, 2014 5 [39]
32 Bastille "Pompeii"dagger[40] March 1, 2014 12 [41]
33 Paramore "Ain't It Fun" May 24, 2014 1 [42]
34 Coldplay "A Sky Full of Stars" May 31, 2014 1 [43]
re Paramore "Ain't It Fun" June 7, 2014 10 [42]
re Coldplay "A Sky Full of Stars" August 16, 2014 2 [43]
35 Tove Lo "Habits" August 30, 2014 6 [44]
re Coldplay "A Sky Full of Stars" October 11, 2014 3 [43]
36 Hozier "Take Me to Church" November 1, 2014 23 [45]
37 Walk the Moon "Shut Up and Dance"dagger[46] April 11, 2015 27 [47]
38 X Ambassadors "Renegades" October 17, 2015 2 [48]
39 Elle King "Ex's & Oh's" October 31, 2015 10 [49]
40 Twenty One Pilots "Stressed Out" January 9, 2016 18 [50]
41 Prince "Purple Rain" May 5, 2016 1 [51]
re Twenty One Pilots "Stressed Out" May 12, 2016 5 [50]
42 "Ride" June 25, 2016 9 [52]
43 "Heathens" August 27, 2016 16 [53]

Statistics[edit]

By artist[edit]

Artists by most number-one singles
Artist Number-one singles Ref.
Twenty One Pilots 3 [54]
Foo Fighters 3 [55]
Linkin Park 3 [56]
Alice in Chains 2 [57]
The Black Keys 2 [58]
Fun 2 [59][30]
Green Day 2 [60]
Three Days Grace 2 [61]
Artists by most weeks at number-one
Artist Weeks at number-one Ref.
Twenty One Pilots 48 [50][52][53]
Foo Fighters 30 [9][23][24]
Linkin Park 28 [7][17][31]
Walk the Moon 27 [47]
The Black Keys 26 [20][28]
Hozier 23 [45]
Imagine Dragons 23 [37]

Songs by total number of weeks at number one[edit]

Number-one singles by amount of time spent at number-one
Song Weeks at number-one Ref.
"Shut Up and Dance" 27 [47]
"Radioactive" 23 [37]
"Take Me to Church" 23 [45]
"Stressed Out" 23 [50]
"Rope" 20 [23]
"Royals" 19 [38]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Singles that have appeared as the number-one rock song of the year, but did not reach number one on the weekly charts and thus are not included are Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" (2009, #2 peak),[4] and Rise Against's "Savior" (2010, #3 peak).[5]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne's 'Scream' Is 'Greatest Gainer' On 'Rock Songs' Chart". Blabbermouth.net. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  2. ^ Trust, Gary (2012-10-11). "Taylor Swift, Rihanna & PSY Buoyed by Billboard Chart Changes". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Charts Legend". Billboard.biz. Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2009 Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2010 Year End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  6. ^ Chart references for "Know Your Enemy":
  7. ^ a b Chart references for "New Divide":
  8. ^ Chart references for "Check My Brain"
  9. ^ a b Chart references for "Wheels":
  10. ^ Chart references for "I Will Not Bow":
  11. ^ Chart references for "Break":
  12. ^ Chart references for "Your Decision"
  13. ^ Chart references for "Between the Lines":
  14. ^ Chart references for "The Good Life":
  15. ^ a b Chart references for "The Crow & the Butterfly":
  16. ^ Chart references for "Lay Me Down":
  17. ^ a b Chart references for "The Catalyst":
  18. ^ Chart references for "Another Way to Die":
  19. ^ a b Chart references for "Say You'll Haunt Me":
  20. ^ a b c Chart references for "Tighten Up":
  21. ^ Chart references for "Shake Me Down":
  22. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2011 Year End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  23. ^ a b c Chart references for "Rope":
  24. ^ a b c Chart references for "Walk":
  25. ^ Chart references for "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie":
  26. ^ Chart references for "The Sound of Winter":
  27. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  28. ^ a b Chart references for "Lonely Boy"
  29. ^ a b Chart references for "Somebody That I Used to Know":
  30. ^ a b Chart references for "We Are Young":
  31. ^ a b c Chart references for "Burn It Down":
  32. ^ a b Chart references for "Oh Love":
  33. ^ a b Chart references for "Ho Hey":
  34. ^ Chart references for "I Will Wait":
  35. ^ Chart references for "Some Nights":
  36. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2013 Year End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  37. ^ a b c Chart references for "Radioactive":
  38. ^ a b Chart references for "Royals":
  39. ^ Chart references for "Let Her Go":
  40. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2014 Year End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  41. ^ Chart references for "Pompeii":
  42. ^ a b Chart references for "Ain't It Fun":
  43. ^ a b c Chart references for "A Sky Full of Stars":
  44. ^ Chart references for "Habits (Stay High)":
  45. ^ a b c Chart references for Take Me to Church:
  46. ^ "Billboard Rock Songs – 2015 Year End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  47. ^ a b c Chart references for "Shut Up and Dance":
  48. ^ Chart references for "Renegades":
  49. ^ Chart references for "Ex's & Oh's":
  50. ^ a b c d Chart references for "Stressed Out":
  51. ^ Chart references for "Purple Rain":
  52. ^ a b Chart references for "Ride":
  53. ^ a b Chart references for "Heathens":
  54. ^ "Twenty one pilots Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  55. ^ "Foo Fighters Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  56. ^ "Linkin Park Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  57. ^ "Alice in Chains Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  58. ^ "The Black Keys Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  59. ^ "Fun Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  60. ^ "Green Day Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  61. ^ "Three Days Grace Album & Song Chart History – Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 

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