- Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music. Modern rock (i.e., "alternative") tracks are counted in the Alternative Songs chart.
This chart began with the March 21, 1981, issue of Billboard. It was originally titled Top Tracks and accompanied by a Rock Albums chart, which was discontinued in 1984 (a new chart with the same name was introduced in 2009). Before this, Billboard did not compile a chart specifically for rock songs. The closest thing to it was an Album Radio Action page which named some of the albums (but not songs) receiving airplay on album-oriented rock stations. The Top Tracks chart originally listed 60 songs. The first number-one song was "I Can't Stand It" by Eric Clapton. The chart changed its name to Top Rock Tracks in September 1984, then Album Rock Tracks in April 1986.
In order to give more recognition to modern rock radio stations, Billboard began a separate Modern Rock Tracks chart, beginning with the September 10, 1988, issue. Within two months of the first Modern Rock Tracks chart, the song "Desire" by U2 became the first song to reach number one on both rock tracks charts.
In 1996, Album Rock Tracks changed its name to Mainstream Rock Tracks. This occurred soon after Billboard established the Adult Top 40 chart. Like Hot Modern Rock Tracks, Adult Top 40 also had some songs in common with Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. Ironically, Adult Top 40 has often featured artists who were once prominent on the Rock Tracks charts, but were now considered too "soft" for rock radio.
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks was published in the print edition of Billboard for the last time in its July 26, 2003, issue. The chart is still compiled, but it is only available through the magazine's website. The chart could be accessed free until June 2009, when it became subscriber-only. At that time, a new chart named Rock Songs was introduced that combined the data from Mainstream Rock with that from Alternative and Triple A.
In recent years, there has been more crossover between the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks charts. For six and a half years, following "Jaded" by Aerosmith in 2001, every number one song on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart also appeared on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. This string was finally broken by Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Wanna Stop" in July 2007.
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks has had 379 number-one hits. The current number-one song on for the week ending November 12, 2011, is "Not Again" by Staind.
Shown below are some songs which have spent ten or more weeks in the number-one spot. Most of these songs are from recent years, in part because the top spot experiences much less turnover since the advent of Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems in 1991.
- "So Far Away" by Staind (2003)
- "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day (2005)
- "Fake It" by Seether (2007-08)
- "Inside the Fire" by Disturbed (2008)
- "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones (1981)
- "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback (2001)
- "Figured You Out" by Nickelback (2004)
- "Pain" by Three Days Grace (2006-07)
- "Mysterious Ways" by U2 (1991-92)
- "Like a Stone" by Audioslave (2003)
- "Save Me" by Shinedown (2005-06)
- "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
- "Remedy" by The Black Crowes (1992)
- "Turn the Page" by Metallica (1999)
- "Fall to Pieces" by Velvet Revolver (2004)
- "Break" by Three Days Grace (2009-10)
- "Lightning Crashes" by Live (1995)
- "The Down Town" by Days of the New (1998)
- "Scar Tissue" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
- "Blurry" by Puddle of Mudd (2002)
- "Second Chance" by Shinedown (2008-09)
- "Country Song" by Seether (2011)
- List of number-one mainstream rock hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart
Achievements and records
- Van Halen holds the record for the most tracks to hit number-one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with thirteen tracks. Tom Petty has the second most with ten tracks. Aerosmith has the third most with nine tracks.
- John Mellencamp holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number-one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven tracks.
- Only twice have two consecutive number-one songs been by the same artist. In 1992, the Black Crowes hit number-one with "Remedy", followed by "Sting Me". In 1994, the Stone Temple Pilots' "Vasoline" hit number-one and was replaced by its album mate, "Interstate Love Song".
- Three songs have performed a "hat trick" by reaching number-one on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and Adult Top 40. The first was "One Headlight" by The Wallflowers in 1997. The second was "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day in 2005. The third was "Second Chance" by Shinedown in 2009.
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