There's not a lot of movement on this week's Billboard Rock Songs chart. In the Top 10, the only new entry is a track that only recently dropped off the chart a few weeks ago. Other than that, just about every song stays in the same place as it was last week -- except for our brand new No. 1.
"Pumped Up Kicks" tumbled out of the Top 10 two weeks ago, but it's now back at No. 10. The breakout single from Foster the People has gone double-platinum. The challenge for this L.A. band going forward is whether they'll ever have a year as momentous as 2011.
"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie," the former No. 1 single from Red Hot Chili Peppers, holds steady at No. 8 for a second consecutive week. The veteran L.A. rock band will be starting a U.S. tour in January. It will be the first time RHCP have done a major American tour since 2007.
This week, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took some time to thank his fans for "an amazing year." And how could you blame him? Wasting Light has been an enormous hit, reestablishing the Foo as one of rock's preeminent bands. On our countdown, their latest, "These Days," holds at No. 7 for a third straight week.
"Tonight" peaked at No. 4, but this week the Seether single has to settle for No. 6 for a second week in a row. The song hasn't had the staying power of the band's last hit, "Country Song," which climbed as high as No. 2 and eventually went gold.
Down goes Bush. After five weeks at the top with "The Sound of Winter," Bush tumble one spot to No. 2. The band's comeback disc, The Sea of Memories, is their highest-charting effort since 1999's The Science of Things. (Although, admittedly, they only released one other studio album during that time.)
A year ago, the Black Keys were cementing their crossover status with "Tighten Up," which was No. 1 on our countdown. A year later, the Ohio blues-rock duo are back on top. "Lonely Boy," the lead single from El Camino, jumps up a spot to become king of the Rock Songs chart. I have a feeling "Lonely Boy" may be here for a while.