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The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, "alternative") stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Mainstream rock is a radio format used by many commercial radio stations in the United States and Canada. ... Modern rock or Nu-breed is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ...


This chart began with the March 21, 1981 issue of Billboard. It was originally named simply Rock Tracks, and was accompanied by a Rock Albums chart, which was discontinued in 1984. (A new chart with the same name has recently been introduced).[1] Before this, Billboard did not compile a chart specifically for rock songs. The closest thing to it was an Album Radio Action page which named some of the albums (but not songs) receiving airplay on album-oriented rock stations. The Rock Tracks chart originally listed 60 songs. The first number-one song was "I Can't Stand It" by Eric Clapton. March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ... The famous Clapton is God graffiti Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall...


The chart changed its name to Album Rock Tracks in April 1986. During the 1980s, a subgenre of rock music began to develop and gain popularity, known as New Wave, or Modern Rock. The Album Rock Tracks chart included some New Wave songs, but usually only those with crossover appeal to mainstream listeners. Radio stations devoted entirely to this new category of rock music began to grow in popularity, but data from these stations were not included in compiling the Album Rock chart. New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... Modern rock or Nu-breed is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... In music, crossover is a term used to describe material borrowed from a different style or genre and whose popularity crosses the considered boundaries of styles or genres. ...


In order to give more recognition to Modern Rock, Billboard began a separate Modern Rock Tracks chart, beginning with the September 10, 1988 issue. The Album Rock Tracks chart remained as before, and it continued to include Modern Rock songs with crossover appeal. Within two months of the first Modern Rock Tracks chart, the song "Desire" by U2 became the first song to reach number-one on both of these two Rock Tracks charts. Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... 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. ... Desire was the first single from U2s Rattle And Hum album. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ...


In 1996, Album Rock Tracks once again changed its name, to Mainstream Rock Tracks. This occurred soon after Billboard established the Adult Top 40 chart. Like Modern Rock Tracks, Adult Top 40 also had some songs in common with Mainstream Rock Tracks. Ironically, Adult Top 40 has often featured artists who were once prominent on the Rock Tracks charts, but were now considered too "soft" for rock radio. Adult Top 40 is a another variation on the Top 40 format, in which this genre is more geared towards an adult audience who are not into Rock music teen Pop, Dance music, Hip-Hop, Modern Rock or slower Adult Contemporary fare. ...


Mainstream Rock Tracks was published in the print edition of Billboard for the last time in its July 26, 2003 issue. The chart is still compiled, but it is only available through the magazine's website. In recent years, fewer and fewer classic rock artists have released new music which has appeared on the chart; as such, the artists appearing on this chart have almost become a subset of those appearing on Modern Rock Tracks. The last number one song on Mainstream Rock Tracks which did not appear anywhere on Modern Rock Tracks was "Jaded" by Aerosmith in 2001. July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... Jaded is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. ... Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band, regarded by some as Americas Greatest Rock and Roll Band. [1][2] Although they are known as the bad boys from Boston, none of the bands members are actually from that city. ...


The Mainstream Rock Tracks has had 307 number one hits. The current number-one song on Mainstream Rock Tracks (for the week ending April 14, 2007) is "Breath" by Breaking Benjamin. April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105 in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Breath is the second single and the third track off of hard rock band Breaking Benjamins third album, Phobia. ... Breaking Benjamin is an American post grunge band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. ...


Shown below are the songs which have spent ten or more weeks in the number one spot. Most of these songs are from recent years, in part because the top spot experiences much less turnover than it used to. Prior to 1994, only three songs had spent ten or more weeks at number one:


21 weeks

20 weeks Not to be confused with the song by Beck. ... 3 Doors Down is an American alternative rock band formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi in 1994. ...

18 weeks Its Been Awhile is the lead single by off the album Break the Cycle by the alternative metal band Staind. ... Staind is an American alternative metal group [1] [2] from Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. ...

17 weeks Higher is the first single to be lifted from Creeds 1999 album, Human Clay. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

16 weeks This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 3 Doors Down is an American alternative rock band formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi in 1994. ...

15 weeks Days of the New (also known as the Orange album) is the debut album from the band Days of the New, and the first of their three self-titled albums. ... Days of the New is a post-grunge rock band from Charlestown, Indiana (later relocated to Louisville, Kentucky), formed in 1995. ...

14 weeks Interstate Love Song was a song written by the grunge band Stone Temple Pilots, from the album Purple. ... Stone Temple Pilots (abbreviated STP) was a popular American rock band in the 1990s, comprised of Scott Weiland (vocals), brothers Robert (bass) and Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums). ... Collective Soul is an alternative rock/post-grunge band from Stockbridge, Georgia, USA. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s they have enjoyed major commercial popularity on alternative rock and mainstream rock radio. ...

13 weeks So Far Away was the second single released off American alternative metal band Stainds fourth album 14 Shades of Grey. ... Staind is an American alternative metal group [1] [2] from Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. ... Boulevard of Broken Dreams was the second single from Green Days seventh studio album, American Idiot. ... Green Day is an American rock band band comprising three core members: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums). ...

12 weeks Start Me Up is a song by The Rolling Stones which was featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... How You Remind Me is a single by the band Nickelback, the first one from their 2001 album Silver Side Up. ... Nickelback is a post-grunge/hard rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Vikedal. ... Figured You Out is a 2004 single by the band Nickelback, the second one from their 2003 album The Long Road. ... Nickelback is a post-grunge/hard rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Vikedal. ... The second single from alternative metal band Three Days Graces second album One-X. According to the band, the song is based on the pain and loneliness encountered on the road during their tours. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

11 weeks Like a Stone is arguably the most successful single released off of Audioslaves 2002 self-titled debut album: Audioslave. ... Audioslave was an Alternative Rock/hard rock supergroup that consisted of the former instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine: Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass and back-up vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums), together with Chris Cornell (former lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist of Soundgarden) as their lead singer. ... Shinedown is a Christian Hard Rock band that originated in Jacksonville, Florida. ... Dani California is the first single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a multiple Grammy Award-winning[1] American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983 by Anthony Kiedis (vocals) Hillel Slovak (guitar), Michael Flea Balzary (bass) and Jack Irons (drummer). ...

10 weeks Mysterious Ways is the second single from U2s 1991 album, Achtung Baby. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... The Black Crowes are a blues-oriented hard rock jam band that have sold over 15 million albums and were hailed by Melody Maker as The Most Rock n Roll Rock n Roll Band in the World. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Jimmy Page... Fall to Pieces is the fifth and final single from Avril Lavignes sophomore album Under My Skin (the fourth single for the United States). ... 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 bands Hawk and The Cult) — plus Scott Weiland, the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and Dave Kushner...

Lightning Crashes is the name of a song by alternative rock group LIVE from the Throwing Copper album. ... Live (IPA pronunciation: , rhymes with five)[1] (also typeset as LIVE) is an American alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, comprised of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals and guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums). ... Scar Tissue is the Red Hot Chili Peppers first single from their album Californication. ... Blurry is a song released by post grunge group, Puddle of Mudd in July, 2001. ... Puddle of Mudd is a post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri, United States. ...

See also

Main Page: Mainstream Rock Tracks This is a list of all the songs that have hit number-one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ... Main Article: Mainstream Rock Tracks This is an alphabetical list of artists who reached the number one position on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ...

Achievements and records

  • Van Halen holds the record for the most singles to hit number-one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with eleven singles. Tom Petty has the second most with ten singles. Aerosmith has the third most with nine singles.
  • John Mellencamp holds the record for the most singles by a solo artist to hit number-one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with eight singles.
  • Only twice have two consecutive number-one songs been by the same artist. In 1992, the Black Crowes hit number-one with "Remedy", followed by "Sting Me". In 1994, the Stone Temple Pilots' "Vasoline" hit number-one and was replaced by its album mate, "Interstate Love Song".
  • Two songs have performed a "hat trick" by reaching number-one on Mainstream Rock Tracks, Modern Rock Tracks, and Adult Top 40. The first was "One Headlight" by The Wallflowers in 1997. The second was "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day in 2005.

Van Halen is an American hard rock band. ... Thomas Tom Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a popular American musician, known for his album-oriented, classicist rock n roll. ... Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band, regarded by some as Americas Greatest Rock and Roll Band. [1][2] Although they are known as the bad boys from Boston, none of the bands members are actually from that city. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, Pink Houses and others, and by his role in the... The Black Crowes are a taper-friendly rock and roll jam band, formed in 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Stone Temple Pilots (abbreviated STP) was a popular American rock band in the 1990s, comprised of Scott Weiland (vocals), brothers Robert (bass) and Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums). ... The Wallflowers are a rock band from Los Angeles, California. ... Boulevard of Broken Dreams was the second single from Green Days seventh studio album, American Idiot. ... Green Day is an American rock band band comprising three core members: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums). ...

External links

  • This week's Mainstream Rock Tracks top 10

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Mainstream Rock Tracks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (704 words)
The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, "alternative") stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
It was originally named simply Rock Tracks, and was accompanied by a Rock Albums chart, which was discontinued in 1984.
Mainstream Rock Tracks was published in the print edition of Billboard for the last time in its July 26, 2003 issue.
Modern Rock Tracks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (534 words)
Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988.
The chart was introduced as a companion to the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and its creation was prompted by the explosion of alternative music on American radio in the late 1980s.
Modern Rock Tracks is solely based on radio airplay and it is a component chart of the Hot 100.
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