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Top 10 Billboard Rock Songs - October 6, 2012

Folk-Rockers Lead the Charge

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Linkin Park's "Burn It Down" was No. 1 over 11 weeks during the summer. But as we all know, summer is long gone. The Living Things single exits the Top 10 of this week's Billboard Rock Songs chart. But that's just the beginning of all the activity going on in the countdown...

10. Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks"

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Photo courtesy Universal Republic.
Of Monsters and Men hang out at No. 10 for a third week in a row with "Little Talks." The single off My Head Is an Animal peaked at No. 3 back in July.

9. Three Days Grace - "Chalk Outline"

three days grace chalk outline
Photo courtesy RCA.
The news is mixed this week for Three Days Grace. Their latest single, "Chalk Outline," showed strong gains in sales and airplay, but that didn't keep it from losing ground on our chart. The song moves down a spot to No. 9.

8. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines"

black keys little black submarines
Photo courtesy Nonesuch.
For most of the last 10 months, the Black Keys have had at least one song in the Top 10, either "Lonely Boy" or "Gold on the Ceiling." The last couple weeks have been Black Keys-free, but the duo return to our countdown with the third single from El Camino. "Little Black Submarines" is our sole debut, landing at No. 8.

7. Green Day - "Oh Love"

green day oh love
Photo courtesy Reprise.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is in the midst of rehab for substance abuse after an onstage rant at a show in Las Vegas. (The revelation muted the enthusiasm for the release of the band's new album Uno!, to be sure.) On our chart, the band's single "Oh Love" suffers a terrible plunge, dropping five places to No. 7.

6. fun. - "Some Nights"

fun some nights
Photo courtesy Atlantic.
"Some Nights" was able to grab the top spot on the Alternative Songs chart, but it only managed to get up to No. 3 on our countdown. This week, fun. fall from No. 5 to No. 6.

5. Alex Clare - "Too Close"

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Photo courtesy Universal.
"Too Close" got very close to hitting No. 1, sitting at No. 2 for three straight weeks. But now Alex Clare is falling fast: His breakthrough smash moves down a notch to No. 5.

4. Imagine Dragons - "It's Time"

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Photo courtesy Total Assault.
Imagine Dragons are one of two bands to experience a huge jump up the chart. Their single "It's Time" flies up three spots to No. 4, which represents their highest position on our countdown. That's even more impressive when you consider that, at one point, "It's Time" had fallen out of the Top 10 entirely.

3. Muse - "Madness"

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Photo courtesy Warner Bros.
The other band to leap up three spots is Muse, whose very good The 2nd Law arrives in stores October 2. The single "Madness" jumps from No. 6 to No. 3. (In case you're wondering, the highest-charting Muse single to date is "Uprising," which peaked at No. 2.)

2. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait"

mumford and sons i will wait
Photo courtesy Big Hassle.
The top two tunes on the Rock Songs chart are folks songs. The first of these, "I Will Wait," moves up a notch to No. 2. Mumford & Sons landed an earlier single, "The Cave," at No. 2, and "Little Lion Man" peaked at No. 3. Will "I Will Wait" be their first No. 1?

1. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"

lumineers ho hey
Photo courtesy Big Hassle.
Despite all the moving and shaking on this week's Rock Songs chart, we still have the same No. 1. "Ho Hey" from the Lumineers holds on to the top spot for a second straight week. (It's also No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart.) Now we'll have to wait and see if it has enough juice to keep Mumford & Sons at bay.
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