No new songs crack the Top 10 this week on the Billboard Rock Songs chart, but my hunch is that won't be the case next week. Two indie-rock tunes are dropping fast, opening the door for some new blood on the countdown very soon. Still, the most exciting action is happening at the top of the chart, where two veteran groups are squaring off for No. 1.
Grouplove shot up the charts with their smash single "Tongue Tied," but what goes up must come down. Though it peaked at No. 3 back in July, "Tongue Tied" this week drops three spots to No. 10, its run on our countdown almost near its end.
Of Monsters and Men could be dropping out of the Top 10 shortly. "Little Talks" falls from No. 6 to No. 8.
While other artists are sinking or stalled on the Rock Songs chart, Alex Clare has the wind in his sails. His breakthrough, "Too Close," moves up another spot to No. 7.
This week's high climbers are the Lumineers. The folk-rock trio's "Ho Hey" crashed the countdown last week at No. 10, and now they jump up four spots to No. 6. By the way, in case you're wondering about the inspiration for the cover of their self-titled album, frontman Wesley Keith explains, "It's a picture of my mom, and her mom attempting to walk out of the frame. I adore this picture, and my mother."
After two weeks at No. 3, "Gold on the Ceiling" moves down a spot to No. 4. The Black Keys single first cracked the Top 10 in late March. Keep an eye out for the follow-up single from El Camino, "Little Black Submarines," which is a change-of-pace ballad for the blues-rock duo. (Don't worry: It starts rocking about halfway through.)
One of 2012's biggest success stories, fun., have already had one No. 1 hit with "We Are Young." They're threatening to repeat that feat with "Some Nights," which this week moves up another spot to No. 3. If fun. do eventually take the top spot, they'd be the first band to have two No. 1 singles from the same album since Foo Fighters did it with "Rope" and "Walk" from Wasting Light.
Linkin Park's return to No. 1 turns out to be short-lived. "Burn It Down" ruled the chart for 10 weeks before dropping to No. 2, regaining the top spot the following week. But now, the Living Things single once again falls back to No. 2. In happier news, the band will be trying to win their fourth Best Rock Video prize for their "Burn It Down" clip.