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Encyclopedia > List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Modern Rock chart

This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Billboard began ranking alternative rock music on the week ending September 10, 1988 and this is the standard music popularity chart in the United States for play on modern rock radio. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • All acts are listed alphabetically.
  • Solo artists are alphabetized by last name, Groups by group name excluding "A," "An" and "The."
  • Each act's total of number-one U.S. modern rock hits is shown after their name.
  • All artists who are mentioned in song credits are listed here; this includes one-time pairings of otherwise solo artists and those appearing as "featured".
  • Artists associated with a group who reached number one, yet have their own solo page in Wikipedia are not listed here, unless they hit number one as a solo artist.
Contents

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A

AFI (A Fire Inside) is a rock band from Ukiah, California who formed in 1991. ... Alien Ant Farm was formed in the southern California city of Riverside, CA in 1996 as an alternative rock group. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

B

The B-52s is a New Wave rock band from Athens, Georgia; the first of many from the college town that has become one of the most important centers in alternative rock. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Beastie Boys are a hip hop group from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. ... For other uses, see Beck (disambiguation). ... Belly were an alternative rock band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya Donelly and Fred Abong. ... Better Than Ezra is an alternative rock trio based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) was a British rock band formed by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones. ... Blind Melon is an American rock band known in the 1990s, who has now, in 2006, reformed with a new lead vocalist, Travis Warren. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Tracy Bonham (born 16 March 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American musician best known for her single Mother Mother. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush) on 30 July 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent (now part of Greater London), is a British singer-songwriter with an expressive four-octave voice[citation needed]. She has an English father and an Irish mother. ... The cover of the album Locust Abortion Technician Butthole Surfers are an American rock band, founded by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981; the pair met while students at Trinity University. ...

C

Cake (often written CAKE, with all capital letters) is a band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1991. ... Camper Van Beethoven was founded in 1983 in Santa Cruz, California as an alternative rock, new wave music, and punk rock group. ... The Charlatans (known in the United States as The Charlatans UK) are a British band originally formed in Birmingham by bassist Martin Blunt who recruited fellow West Midlanders Rob Collins (keyboards), John Brookes (drums), John Baker (also known as Day) (guitar) and vocalist Baz Ketley. ... For information about the car of this name, see Chevrolet Chevelle. ... Chumbawamba playing live at Luton Library, May 1985 Chumbawamba is a band from the UK who play pop music with influences of folk, punk, dance and other styles of popular music. ... The Church are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. ... Concrete Blonde is an American. ... Julian Cope Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957, in Deri, Mid Glamorgan). ... Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ... The Counting Crows are a rock band that became extremely popular in 1994 following the release of their debut album August and Everything After, which featured the hit song Mr. ... Cracker is an American alternative rock band fronted by former Camper Van Beethoven singer David Lowery, with guitarist Johnny Hickman. ... The Cranberries are an Irish alternative rock band that rose to mainstream popularity in the 1990s. ... For the mannequins, see Crash test dummy. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Creed was a post-grunge group that became one of the best selling rock bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s in the US. While the original grunge groups were experimenting with new sounds, Creed adapted grunge into a radio-friendly style. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ...

D

David J in concert in 2006. ... Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, UK. They have been one of the longest-lived and most successful bands to have emerged during the New Wave and New Romantic era, though they are more akin to what was known as the Futurist... Dishwalla is an alternative rock band from Santa Barbara, California. ...

E

Eels is an American rock band formed by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, better known as Mr. ... Electronic was a band consisting of New Order frontman Bernard Sumner on vocals, guitars and keyboards, and ex-The Smiths guitar player Johnny Marr on guitars, bass and keyboards. ... Evanescence is a rock/alternative/pop[1] band from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. Early in their career, the rock band garnered local fame in Little Rock before releasing their first major label album Fallen, which went on to sell over 14 million copies worldwide. ... Eve 6 was an alternative rock band from Southern California, who disbanded in 2004. ... Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. ... Everlast (born Erik Schrody, August 18, 1969 in Valley Stream, New York) is an Irish-American rapper and singer-songwriter, known for his genre-crossing mix of rap and acoustic-based rock music. ...

F

Faith No More was a highly influential experimental alternative rock / metal group that formed in San Francisco, California in 1982 and disbanded in 1998. ... Fastball is an American pop-rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. ... Foo Fighters is a rock group formed by musician Dave Grohl in 1995. ... Fuel is a Pennsylvania-based alternative rock/post-grunge band formed by Carl Bell, Jeff Abercrombie and Brett Scallions in 1989. ...

G

Peter Brian Gabriel (born February 13, 1950, in Chobham, Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... Garbage is an American-Scottish rock group formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1994. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gin Blossoms are an alternative pop/rock band formed in 1987, in Tempe, Arizona. ... Goo Goo Dolls is an alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac. ... Gorillaz is a virtual band, composed of four fictional animated band members: 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. ... Green Day is a musical trio from East Bay, California, consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums, backing vocals). ...

H

Happy Mondays are a band formed in Manchester, England in 1985. ... Juliana Hatfield, c. ... Robyn Hitchcock (born March 3, 1953) is a rock and roll singer-songwriter, psych folk artist, and occasional actor. ... Hole was an alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1989 and disbanded in 2002. ... Hoobastank (also colloquially referred to as Hooba or The Stank) is a rock band best known for their crossover hit The Reason (2004) and by their continued success in the modern rock market. ... The Hoodoo Gurus are a rock band from Sydney, Australia, although three of the original members Dave Faulkner, Rod Radalj and James Baker were originally from Perth. ...

I

This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... INXS (pronounced In Excess) is an Australian rock group. ...

J

Janes Addiction was an American rock band, named in reference to Jane Bainter, an ex-heroin addict who was a housemate of the band. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain were a Scottish alternative rock band that revolved around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... Jesus Jones is a British London-based rock group that performed and recorded in the late 1980s, throughout the 1990s, and into the 2000s. ... Jet are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia, whose debut album Get Born, released in 2003, has so far sold over 3. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

K

The Killers are a rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Leonard Albert Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is a American rock singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist whose retro-style amalgam of rock, pop, funk, and even techno is inspired by such music icons as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. ... Chad Kroeger of Nickelback Chad Robert Turton (born November 15, 1974, in Hanna, Alberta, Canada), better known as Chad Kroeger), is a Canadian singer and guitarist for the rock group, Nickelback. ...

L

The Lemonheads is an alternative rock band from the United States. ... Lifehouse is a melodic rock band from the United States, popular with mainstream audiences. ... Limp Bizkit is a nu metal and rapcore band from Jacksonville, Florida. ... Linkin Park is a band from Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about the rock music group. ... LIVE (IPA pronunciation: , rhymes with five)[1] is an American alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, USA, comprised of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals & guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums). ... Lostprophets are a highly successful Welsh rock band who formed in 1997. ... Love and Rockets may refer to: Love and Rockets (comics) Love and Rockets (band) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

M

Marcy Playground is an American alternative rock or post-grunge band. ... matchbox twenty (originally Matchbox 20) is a rock band from Orlando, Florida, who have sold in excess of 39 million albums worldwide. ... Paul McCoy (born 1981 7 September) is an American musician and the lead singer from Christian hard rock band 12 Stones. ... Ian McCulloch (May 5, 1959–) is an English singer. ... Midnight Oil was an Australian rock band active from the early 1970s until 2002. ... The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were a ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in the mid 1980s. ... Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Stretford, Greater Manchester, England. ... Photo of Peter Murphy from a 2006 Bauhaus concert. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

N

Neds Atomic Dustbin is a British Grebo rock band that formed in Stourbridge in West Midlands, England in November 1987. ... New Order are an English rock group formed in 1980 by the surviving members of Joy Division following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis. ... Nickelback is a post-grunge hard rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Vikedal. ... NIN redirects here. ... Nirvana was a popular rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, United States. ...

O

British rock band Oasis, formed in Manchester in 1991, led by lead guitarist and principal songwriter Noel Gallagher and his younger brother Liam are one of the most successful and prominent British rock and roll bands ever. ... Sinéad Marie Bernadette OConnor (born December 8, 1966) is an Irish singer and songwriter. ... The Offspring is a popular American band from Orange County, California that originally formed in 1984. ...

P

Papa Roach is a four-piece nu metal band from Vacaville, California. ... Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, and is considered one of the most influential bands of the 1990s. ... A Perfect Circle (often referred to as APC) is an alternative rock band, formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... P.O.D. is a four-piece rap metal band from San Diego, California. ... Porno for Pyros was a US musical group and was Perry Farrells and Stephen Perkins next project after their former band Janes Addiction. ... The Presidents of the United States of America is a Seattle alternative rock band best known for their quirky, often nonsensical songs that defied the typical sound of most bands from the Pacific Northwest at the time. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Psychedelic Furs are an influential British post-punk band founded in the late 1970s. ... Public Image Ltd. ... Puddle of Mudd is an American post-grunge band. ...

Q

Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) is a rock band from the Palm Desert, California area in the United States, formed in 1997. ...

R

The Raconteurs is a rock band, featuring several members previously known for other musical projects. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy Award-winning, four-piece rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Lewis Allen Lou Reed (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... It has been suggested that Hornets Attack Victor Mature be merged into this article or section. ... The Replacements (also known as The Mats or The Mats, from the insult of a detractor who joked the bands name was The Placemats, which the band then adopted) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...

S

Saliva is an Alternative metal/Hard Rock band that was originally founded in September 1996 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Josey Scott is the lead singer of nu metal/alternative rock/heavy metal band Saliva. ... Semisonic is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Band members are Dan Wilson (guitar/vocals), John Munson (bass), and Jacob Slichter (drums). ... For the C. S. Lewis novel, see The Silver Chair. ... Simple Minds are a Scottish New Wave/rock band which had their greatest worldwide popularity from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s. ... Siouxsie and the Banshees are a British gothic rock band. ... The Sisters of Mercy are a rock band that emerged out of the British post punk scene in 1980-1981. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Smashing Pumpkins[1] are a popular American alternative rock band which formed in Chicago in 1988. ... Soul Asylum is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983, best known for their double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, and their Grammy Award-winning single Runaway Train. ... Staind is a four-piece alternative metal group [1] [2] from Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. ... For other uses, see Sting (disambiguation). ... Sublime was a band whose style was a mixture of garage punk and ska from Long Beach, California. ... Sugar Ray is a rock band from Orange County, California. ... The Sugarcubes were an Icelandic rock-pop band formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1992. ... Sum 41 is a Canadian Juno Award winning band from Ajax, Ontario. ... System of a Down (also referred to as SOAD or System) is a four-piece alternative metal band that formed in 1995. ...

T

Talking Heads was an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. ... Tears for Fears (TFF) is a successful English Pop band formed in the early 1980s by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, which emerged after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate. ... 10 Years is an alternative metal band formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2000. ... 10,000 Maniacs is a U.S. alternative rock band, formed in 1981 and active with various line-ups since that time. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Three Days Grace is a Canadian band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. ... 3 Doors Down is an American alternative rock band formed in 1996, in Escatawpa, Mississippi. ... 311 (pronounced three eleven) is a band that formed in early 1989 in Omaha, Nebraska as a rapcore/punk rock/reggae/funk group who came to prominence in the 1990s. ... Members of Toad the Wet Sprocket on the cover of Acoustic Dance Party. ... Trapt is a Metal band from Los Gatos, California, United States. ...

U

U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland, featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica; The Edge (David Howell Evans) on lead guitar, keyboards and vocals; Adam Clayton on bass guitar; and Larry Mullen, Jr. ... Unwritten Law is a U.S. punk rock band that started in 1990. ...

V

Suzanne Vega Suzanne Nadine Vega (born July 11, 1959) is an American songwriter and singer known for her poetic lyrics and eclectic folk-inspired music. ... Velvet Revolver (abbrieviated to VR) is a Grammy Award-winning hard rock supergroup with three former members of Guns N Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum (who also played with rock band The Cult) — plus Scott Weiland, the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and Dave Kushner of the... The Verve Pipe is an American post-grunge band from East Lansing, Michigan. ...

W

The Wallflowers are a rock band from Los Angeles, California, best known for the fact that lead singer, Jakob Dylan, is the youngest son of legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. ... Weezer is a rock band from Los Angeles, California. ... The White Stripes are an American minimalist rock duo from Detroit, composed of Jack White on guitar, piano, lead vocals and songwriting, and Meg White on drums, percussion and vocals. ... World Party is a British pop/rock band, which is essentially the solo project of its multi-talented only member, Karl Wallinger. ...

X

For the drug, see Ecstasy. ...

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Source

  • Information obtained for this list is found within Billboard's online archive services and print editions of the magazine.

See also

  • List of number-one modern rock hits (United States)

 
 

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