Rock music is a pretty male-centric genre, so it's always nice when a female artist gets her due from the fans. On this week's Billboard Rock Songs chart, we have one new entry, and it's from a performer known for her exceptional vocals and striking stage demeanor. But our countdown is still ruled by a lonely boy.
Florence and the Machine, who are lead by English frontwoman Florence Welch, lay claim to this week's sole debut in the Top 10. "Shake It Out" is off the band's most recent album, Ceremonials, and the track lands at No. 10. The group's previous smash, "Dog Days Are Over," went platinum in the States.
Young the Giant are an up-and-coming modern rock group, and their breakthrough single "Cough Syrup" has done quite well on the Alternative Songs chart, peaking at No. 3. On our countdown, they move up one spot to No. 9.
It seems rather inevitable that "These Days" will get to the top of our chart. Wasting Light has already produced two No. 1 singles, and "These Days" rises one spot to No. 2 this week. Foo Fighters announced they will be playing during this year's Grammys, which will be happening on February 12. The band members have good reason to be on the show: They're up for Album of the Year.
"Lonely Boy" takes the crown for a fifth week in a row. The No. 1 hit comes from the Black Keys' El Camino, one of 2011's best rock albums, and it sets the stage for a showdown against "These Days" for the top spot for weeks to come. If there's a rock band more popular right now than Foo Fighters, it might very well be the Black Keys.