Fans of Soundgarden will be sad to learn that the group's most recent single, "Live to Rise," is nowhere to be found in the Top 10 of this week's Billboard Rock Songs chart. The song drops off our countdown, opening the door for a band whose lead singer was only 15 when Soundgarden broke up back in 1997.
Since mid-April, "Midnight City" has been a fixture in the Top 10 for all but one week. All during that time, though, the M83 single has never been higher than No. 7. This week, "Midnight City" drops two spots to No. 10.
Gotye is hanging on to the Top 10 by his fingernails. His No. 1 smash "Somebody That I Used to Know" last week plummeted three places to No. 9, making it seem like the single would soon be out of our countdown all together. Well, Gotye clings to the No. 9 position for a second straight week, delaying the inevitable for a while longer.
Imagine Dragons continue to see great airplay and sales gains for "It's Time," but something funny happened this week. Despite their ever-increasing visibility, the band drop one spot to No. 7. I have a hunch, though, that this might be just a minor hiccup on their path to climbing up our chart.
Imagine Dragons' momentum was derailed by another group who are also showing some life on the Rock Songs chart. Chevelle climb up one spot with "Hats Off to the Bull." The band's previous single, "Face to the Floor," got as high as No. 3. Equaling (or bettering) that feat might not be easy for "Hats Off to the Bull," but it's definitely a possibility.
Grouplove had been enjoying the view at No. 3 for the last three weeks, but this week "Tongue Tied" falls from its perch, moving down to No. 4. The single managed to top the Alternative Songs chart, but it's suddenly looking a little less likely it'll be able to do the same thing on the Rock Songs chart.
Ten weeks ago, Of Monsters and Men debuted at No. 10 on our chart. Now, "Little Talks" is at No. 3, moving up one spot since last week. In the three-year history of the Rock Songs chart, the No. 1 spot has been dominated by American acts, although we have had artists from Canada (Three Days Grace), Australia (Gotye) and the U.K. (Bush) top the chart as well. But we've never had a band from Iceland do it. That may be about ready to change.
For eight weeks now, the Black Keys have been stuck at No. 2 with "Gold on the Ceiling," desperately trying to reach the promised land of No. 1.
Linkin Park are at No. 1 for a ninth straight week with "Burn It Down," but, more significantly, they have now been in the top spot of the Rock Songs chart for a grand total of 26 weeks over the last three years. That ties them with the Black Keys for second place. (Foo Fighters have logged the most weeks at No. 1 with 30.)