Saturday, January 16, 2021

Rock Tracks: Top 200 Songs, 1981-2021

First posted 1/16/2021.

Rock Tracks:

Top 200 Songs, 1981-2021

Billboard launched its Album Rock Tracks chart (now called “Mainstream Rock”) on March 21, 1981. On September 10, 1988, the magazine followed with its Modern Rock Tracks chart (now known as “Alternative Rock”). Numerous songs have overlapped between the charts over the years. Because of that, this list consolidates the two charts, ranking the top 200 songs between the two charts. This list includes all songs which hit #1 on one or both charts for a combined six weeks. Ties are broken by songs’ overall Dave’s Music Database status. Weeks at #1 on each chart are noted with an M for mainstream rock and A for alternative rock.

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36 weeks:

1. Staind “It’s Been Awhile” (2001) M: 20, A: 16

30 weeks:

2. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004) M: 14, A: 16

26 weeks:

3. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001) M: 13, A: 13
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California” (2006) M: 12, A: 14
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Scar Tissue” (1999) M: 10, A: 16

24 weeks:

6. Foo Fighters “The Pretender” (2007) M: 6, A: 18

23 weeks:

7. Linkin Park “What I’ve Done” (2007) M: 8, A: 15

22 weeks:

8. Seether “Fake It” (2007) M: 14, A: 8

21 weeks:

9. U2 “Mysterious Ways” (1991) M: 12, A: 9
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers “By the Way” (2002) M: 7, A: 14
11. Staind “So Far Away” (2003) M: 14, A: 7
12. Foo Fighters “Something from Nothing” (2014) M: 13, A: 8
13. 3 Doors Down “Loser” (2000) M: 21

20 weeks:

14. 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite” (2000) M: 9, A: 11
15. Portugal, the Man “Feel It Still” (2017) A: 20
16. Creed “Higher” (1999) M: 17, A: 3
17. Linkin Park “New Divide” (2009) M: 8, A: 12

19 weeks:

18. Live “Lightning Crashes” (1994) M: 10, A: 9
19. Puddle of Mudd “Blurry” (2001) M: 10, A: 9
20. Muse “Madness” (2012) A; 19

18 weeks:

21. Foo Fighters “Rope” (2011) M: 5, A: 13

17 weeks:

22. 3 Doors Down “When I’m Gone” (2002) M: 17
23. Muse “Uprising” (2009) A: 17
24. Three Days Grace “Pain” (2006) M: 13, A: 4
25. All Time Low with Blackbear (2020) M: 17

16 weeks:

26. Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (2018) A: 16
27. Days of the New “Touch, Peel, and Stand” (1997) M: 16

15 weeks:

28. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994) M: 15
29. Linkin Park “Numb” (2003) M: 3, A: 12
30. Collective Soul “Heavy” (1999) M: 15

14 weeks:

31. Marcy Playground “Sex and Candy” (1997) A: 14
32. Audioslave “Like a Stone” (2002) M: 12, A: 2
33. Twenty One Pilots “Level of Concern” (2020) A: 14
34. Disturbed “Inside the Fire” (2008) M: 14

13 weeks:

35. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012) M: 13
36. The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” (1981) A: 13
37. Imagine Dragons “Believer” (2017) A: 13
38. Shinedown “Second Chance” (2008) M: 10, A: 3
39. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Other Side” (1999) A: 13
40. Velvet Revolver “Slither” (2004) M: 9, A: 4

41. Breaking Benjamin “Breath” (2006) M: 7, A: 6
42. Three Days Grace “Chalk Outline” A: 13

12 weeks:

43. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011) A: 12
44. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out” (2015) A: 12
45. Fuel “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” (2000) A: 12
46. Trapt “Headstrong” (2002) M: 7, A: 5
47. Foo Fighters “Walk” (2011) M: 4, A: 8
48. Shinedown “Save Me” (2005) M: 12
49. Shinedown “Bully” (2012) M: 12
50. Chevelle “Face to the Floor” (2011) M: 12

11 weeks:

51. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991) M: 3, A: 8
52. Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” (2016) A: 11
53. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011) A: 11
54. X Ambassadors “Renegades” (2015) A: 11
55. Foo Fighters “Best of You” (2005) M: 4, A: 7
56. Weezer “Pork and Beans” (2008) A: 11
57. The Black Keys “Fever” (2014) A: 11
58. Audioslave “Be Yourself” (2005) M: 7, A: 4
59. Velvet Revolver “Fall to Pieces” (2004) M: 11
60. The Black Crowes “Remedy” (1992) M: 11

61. The Offspring “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” (2008) A: 11
62. Lit “My Own Worst Enemy” (1999) A: 11
63. The Dirty Heads with Rome “Lay Me Down” (2010) A: 11
64. Metallica “Turn the Page” (1998) M: 11
65. Jet “Cold Hard Bitch” (2004) M: 8, A: 3
66. Nickelback “Figured You Out” (2003) M: 11
67. Puddle of Mudd “Psycho” (2007) M: 9, A: 2
68. Three Days Grace “Break” (2009) M: 11
69. Three Days Grace “Misery Loves My Company” (2012) M: 11

10 weeks:

70. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995) A: 10
71. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996) M: 5, A: 5
72. U2 “Desire” (1988) M: 5, A: 5
73. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013) A: 10
74. Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?” (2013) A: 10
75. The Black Keys “Tighten Up” (2010) A: 10
76. Everlast “What It’s Like” (1998) M: 1, A: 9
77. Foo Fighters “All My Life” (2002) M: 10
78. R.E.M. “Orange Crush” (1988) M: 2, A: 8
79. Avenged Sevenfold “Hail to the King” (2013) M: 10
80. Cage the Elephant “Come a Little Closer” (2013) M: 10
81. Seether “Country Song” (2011) M: 10
82. Days of the New “The Down Town” (1997) M: 10

9 weeks:

83. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983) M: 9
84. Pearl Jam “Daughter” (1993) M: 8, A: 1
85. Collective Soul “December” (1995) M: 9
86. Goo Goo Dolls “Name” (1995) M: 5, A: 4
87. Sting “All This Time” (1990) M: 7, A: 2
88. Imagine Dragons “Natural” (2018) A: 9
89. Creed “My Sacrifice” (2001) M: 9
90. Green Day “Know My Enemy” (2009) M: 3, A: 6

91. Aerosmith “Livin’ on the Edge” (1993) M: 9
92. The Neighbourhood “Sweater Weather” (2012) A: 9
93. Lovelytheband “Broken” (2017) A: 9
94. Three Days Grace “Animal I Have Become” (2006) M: 7, A: 2
95. Metallica “The Day That Never Comes” (2008) M: 9
96. Alice in Chains “Check My Brain” (2009) M: 8, A: 1
97. The Lemonheads “Into Your Arms” (1993) A: 9
98. Breaking Benjamin “Failure” (2015) M: 9
99. Volbeat “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” (2016) M: 9

8 weeks:

100. Van Halen “Jump” (1983) M: 8
101. Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire” (2008) A: 8
102. Sugar Ray “Fly” (1997) A: 8
103. Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life” (1997) A: 8
104. Collective Soul “Shine” (1993) M: 8
105. Blink-182 “All the Small Things” (1999) A: 8
106. Incubus “Drive” (1999) A: 8
107. Pearl Jam “Better Man” (1994) M: 8
108. Nirvana “You Know You’re Right” (1994) M: 4, A: 4
109. Red Hot Chili Peppers “My Friends” (1995) M: 4, A: 4
110. Metallica “Until It Sleeps” (1996) M: 8

111. Green Day “Bang Bang” (2016) M: 7, A: 1
112. Disturbed “Another Way to Die” (2010) M: 8
113. Stone Sour “Say You’ll Haunt Me” (2010) M: 8
114. Alice in Chains “Your Decision” (2009) M: 8
115. Highly Suspect “My Name Is Human” (2016) M: 8
116. Disturbed “Are You Ready” (2018) M: 8

7 weeks:

117. Lorde “Royals” (2013) A: 7
118. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (1997) A: 7
119. Gorillaz with De La Soul “Feel Good Inc.” (2005) A: 7
120. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994) M: 7

121. Twenty One Pilots “Ride” (2015) A: 7
122. Nickelback “Photograph” (2005) M: 7
123. Green Day “When I Come Around” (1994) A: 7
124. Fastball “The Way” (1998) A: 7
125. Disturbed “The Sounds of Silence” (2015) M: 7
126. Three Days Grace “Never Too Late” (2006) M: 7
127. Stone Sour “Through Glass” (2006) M: 7
128. Linkin Park “Breaking the Habit” (2003) M: 3, A: 4
129. Bush “Swallowed” (1996) A: 7
130. Beck “Up All Night” (2017) A: 7

131. Papa Roach “Last Resort” (2000) A: 7
132. Nine Inch Nails “Only” (2005) A: 7
133. Morrissey “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer You Get” (1994) A: 7
134. Foo Fighters “Long Road to Ruin” (2007) A: 7
135. Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up” (1990) A: 7
136. The Cure “Fascination Street” (1989) A: 7
137. Metallica “I Disappear” (2000) M: 7
138. Metallica “No Leaf Clover” (1999) M: 7
139. Twenty One Pilots “The Hype” (2018) A: 7
140. Shinedown “Cut the Cord” (2015) M: 7

141. Soundgarden “Been Away Too Long” (2012) M: 7
142. Cold War Kids “First” (2014) A: 7
143. Avenged Sevenfold “Shepherd of Fire” (2013) M: 7
144. Alter Bridge “Isolation” (2010) M: 7
145. Staind “Not Again” (2011) M: 7
146. Ghost “Rats” (2018) M: 7

6 weeks:

147. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (1984) M: 6
148. Green Day “American Idiot” (2004) A: 6
149. Silverchair “Tomorrow” (1994) M: 3, A: 3
150. Sugar Ray “Every Morning” (1998) A: 6

151. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994) A: 6
152. Def Leppard “Photograph” (1983) M: 6
153. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996) A: 6
154. U2 “Angel of Harlem” (1988) M: 6
155. Green Day “Holiday” (2004) M: 3, A: 3
156. Aerosmith “Cryin’” (1993) M: 6
157. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “The Waiting” (1981) M: 6
158. Asia “Heat of the Moment” (1982) M: 6
159. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Learning to Fly” (1991) M: 6
160. Linkin Park “Somewhere I Belong” (2003) M: 1, A: 5

161. Toad the Wet Sprocket “Fall Down” (1994) A: 6
162. New Order “Regret” (1993) A: 6
163. Robert Plant “Hurting Kind” (1990) M: 6
164. Eric Clapton “Pretending” (1989) M: 6
165. Pearl Jam “Given to Fly” (1997) M: 6
166. Cage the Elephant “Ready to Let Go” (2019) A: 6
167. Linkin Park “Faint” (2003) A: 6
168. Incubus “Megalomaniac” (2003) A: 6
169. Robert Plant “Heaven Knows’ (1988) M: 6
170. Billy Squier “Everybody Wants You” (1982) M: 6

171. Pink Floyd “Keep Talking” (1994) M: 6
172. Bad Company “How About That” (1992) M: 6
173. Kenny Wayne Shepherd “Blue on Black” (1998) M: 6
174. Papa Roach “Lifeline” (2009) M: 6
175. ZZ Top “My Head’s in Mississippi” (1990) M: 6
176. Green Day “Still Breathing” (2016) M: 1, A: 5
177. Foo Fighters “DOA” (2005) A: 6
178. Yes “Lift Me Up” (1991) M: 6
179. Steve Miller Band “I Want to Make the World Turn Around” (1986) M: 6
180. Puddle of Mudd “Drift and Die” (2002) M: 6

181. Cage the Elephant “Shake Me Down” (2010) A: 6
182. Bush “The Sound of Winter” (2011) A: 6
183. Theory of a Deadman “RX (Medicate)” (2017) M: 6
184. Brother Cane “And Fools Shine On” (1995) M: 6
185. Nickelback “Animals” (2005) M: 6
186. Creed “What’s This Life For” (1997) M: 6
187. Soundgarden “Live to Rise” (2012) M: 6
188. Three Days Grace “Just Like You” M: 3, A: 3
189. Godsmack “Speak” (2006) M: 6
190. The Black Crowes “Hotel Illness” (1992) M: 6

191. Jesus Jones “The Devil You Know” (1993) A: 6
192. Van Halen “Me Wise Magic” (1996) M: 6
193. David Coverdale & Jimmy Page “Pride and Joy” (1993) M: 6
194. Morrissey “Tomorrow” (1992) A: 6
195. Royal Blood “I Only Lie When I Love You” (2017) M: 6
196. Shinedown “State of My Head” (2015) M: 6
197. Three Days Grace “I Am Machine” (2014) M: 6
198. Papa Roach “Help” (2017) M: 6
199. Van Halen “Without You” (1998) M: 6
200. Ozzy Osbourne “Under the Graveyard” (2019) M: 6


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