This week's Billboard Rock Songs chart represents the final countdown of the summer. If we look back at what songs were in the Top 10 around Memorial Day, it's worth pointing out that three of those singles are still in the Top 10 now. If you're wondering what hits qualified to be legitimate songs of the summer, look no further than "Rope," "Country Song" and "Pumped Up Kicks."
This Avenged Sevenfold ballad can't decide if it's coming or going. Last week, "So Far Away" jumped from No. 7 to No. 5. But this week, the song takes a mighty plunge, falling all the way down to No. 9. The band members are letting fans vote on their set list when they perform during the Rockstar Uproar festival.
After two weeks at No. 9, "Not Again" moves up a spot. Staind frontman Aaron Lewis recently talked to Billboard about the group's new self-titled album, saying it was the toughest ever for the band to record. If you want more proof, apparently there's going to be a documentary of the album's making included in deluxe editions of Staind.
"Country Song" has a tendency to hang out in one spot on our countdown for quite a while. The Seether cut was at No. 2 for nine weeks. More recently, it sat at No. 4 for three weeks. This week, though, the track falls two spots to No. 6.
Because Seether's "Country Song" spent so many weeks at No. 2 looking up at Foo Fighters' "Rope," I can't help but comment that once again this week the Wasting Light cut is exactly one spot above "Country Song." "Rope" had been falling down our chart, but this week it reverses course, moving up two places to No. 5
Say hello to this week's big climber. Theory of a Deadman catapult up four spots with the first single off The Truth Is..., "Lowlife." While they enjoy their chart success, the Canadian rockers are also out on the road as part of Carnival of Madness with Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry.
"Walk" has been at No. 2 for five weeks in a row now. So far, Wasting Light has produced two singles, and they've both gone to No. 1. Will the same thing happen to the third single, "Arlandria," which will be released soon? I hope so, since it's actually my personal favorite track off the album.
"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" continues its dominance of the Rock Songs chart. For a fifth straight week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers single stands at No. 1. In preparation for the release of I'm With You, the band streamed the album on iTunes. Suffice it to say that it sounds like there are several other potential hit singles on that record.