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Billboard Rock Charts - December 8, 2012

Kid Rock, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin Chart High


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Looking at the Billboard Rock Charts, it's clear that audiences took a particular interest in classic rock this week. Two veteran bands return with new live albums. And a fun-loving rapper pays homage to his rock 'n' roll heroes on his latest disc.

Rock Songs Chart

1. fun. - "Some Nights" (Purchase/Download)
2. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
3. Phillip Phillips - "Home" (Purchase/Download)
4. Alex Clare - "Too Close" (Purchase/Download)
5. Ed Sheeran - "The A Team" (Purchase/Download)

For an eighth straight week, the No. 1 track on the Rock Songs chart is "Some Nights." The New York indie-pop trio fun. continue to keep the Lumineers at bay, but entering the Top Five is 21-year-old singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran with "The A Team."

Rock Airplay Chart

1. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
2. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
3. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
4. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines" (Purchase/Download)
5. Three Days Grace - "Chalk Outline" (Purchase/Download)

There's no change in the Top Five of the Rock Airplay chart, which means that, once again, "I Will Wait" is at No. 1. The Mumford & Sons single was recently certified gold.

Rock Digital Songs Chart

1. Phillip Phillips - "Home"
2. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
3. fun. - "Some Nights" (Purchase/Download)
4. AC/DC - "Thunderstruck"
5. AC/DC - "Back in Black"

Ordinarily, I would skip over the Rock Digital Songs chart since it overlaps heavily with other charts, but this week is a notable exception to that tendency. While the top three songs are familiar to people who follow the charts, the next two spots go to AC/DC. If that seems odd, bear in mind that the Australian rockers recently made their catalog available on iTunes for the first time, which stoked much interest in their music. I have to say that I'm a little surprised that the most popular song with digital buyers was "Thunderstruck." I would have guessed "You Shook Me All Night Long," which ended up at No. 6 on this week's chart. (The only other AC/DC cut in the Top 10, "Highway to Hell," checked in at No. 8.)

Rock Albums Chart

1. Phillip Phillips - The World From the Side of the Moon (Purchase/Download)
2. Kid Rock - Rebel Soul (Purchase/Download)
3. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day (Purchase/Download)
4. Mumford & Sons - Babel (Purchase/Download)
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack (Purchase/Download)

Phillip Phillips won American Idol in May, and this week he's the big winner on the Rock Albums chart. His debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon, beats out Rebel Soul from Kid Rock for the top spot. Also charting high is Celebration Day, a live record that chronicles a 2007 Led Zeppelin performance.

Alternative Songs Chart

1. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
2. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
3. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
4. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines" (Purchase/Download)
5. Passion Pit - "Take a Walk" (Purchase/Download)

The Alternative Songs chart remains unchanged, with every song in the Top 10 exactly where it was a week ago. So let's raise a glass to Muse, whose "Madness" is No. 1 for a seventh week in a row.

Alternative Albums Chart

1. Mumford & Sons - Babel (Purchase/Download)
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack (Purchase/Download)
3. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (Purchase/Download)
4. The Lumineers - The Lumineers (Purchase/Download)
5. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal (Purchase/Download)

No new albums cracked the Top Five of the Alternative Albums chart this week, but four older records reemerged. The most notable was Babel, which bounced up from No. 6 to No. 1. The other three came from the Las Vegas group Imagine Dragons, the Denver trio the Lumineers, and the Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men.

Hard Rock Albums Chart

1. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day (Purchase/Download)
2. Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension! (Purchase/Download)
3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night) (Purchase/Download)
4. Soundgarden - King Animal (Purchase/Download)
5. AC/DC - Live at River Plate (Purchase)

King Animal falls from No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, but it's perhaps appropriate that Soundgarden would be replaced at the top by a band whose sound they clearly emulate. That would be Led Zeppelin, whose Celebration Day holds off Music From Another Dimension! for Hard Rock supremacy. And in more AC/DC news, their live record Live at River Plate debuts at No. 5.

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