Everybody, hang on tight. There is a lot of movin' and shakin' on this week's Top 10 of the Billboard Rock Songs chart, including two new entries in the countdown. And one of them got really close to being our brand new No. 1.
"Midnight City" is stuck in a holding pattern. For a third week in a row, the dance track from M83 sits tight at No. 10.
After two weeks at No. 6, "Lonely Boy" plunges three spots to No. 9. It's off the Black Keys' most recent disc, El Camino, but they recently learned that their previous album, Brothers, was certified platinum. (It's their first album to ever achieve that feat.)
Grouplove's first single to hit the Rock Songs Top 10, "Tongue Tied," had been at No. 7 for two weeks. This week, however, it loses some altitude, dropping to No. 8.
Two years ago, Linkin Park did something no rock band had managed to do in the brief history of the Billboard Rock Songs chart: debut a song at No. 1. They did that with "The Catalyst" back in the summer of 2010, and they almost just did it again with "Burn It Down," the lead single from the forthcoming Living Things. Instead, the song crashes the chart at No. 2, although I'm betting it'll be in the top spot soon.
When a song falls from No. 1, it's rare for it to regain the top spot. (A recent exception was "Walk" from Foo Fighters.) But Gotye has just defied the odds. After four straight weeks at No. 1, his platinum-certified single "Somebody That I Used to Know" dropped to No. 2 last week. Well, the Making Mirrors smash is now once again the Rock Songs champ. For what it's worth, this marks the sixth straight week that a song with a woman vocalist is at No. 1. Before this run, no woman had been part of a No. 1 tune on the Rock Songs chart in its three-year history.