Foo Fighters Flex Their Dual Mainstream & Alternative Appeal

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Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters performing at the Invictus Games Closing Concert in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on Sept. 14, 2014.

The band is the only act to lead both Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs airplay charts simultaneously in the past five years, a feat they've accomplished with three hits.

Foo Fighters continue to flex their rare appeal across multiple rock formats.

The band's "Something From Nothing" tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs airplay charts for an 11th and seventh week, respectively. In the past five years, the band is the only act to lead both lists simultaneously, having done so with two other hits in 2011: "Rope," for four weeks that April, and "Walk," for three frames that September/October.

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Foo Fighters' current stranglehold atop the two charts is the longest simultaneous command since Linkin Park's "New Divide" racked up an eight-week double-format reign in July/August 2009. Alice in Chains and Shinedown also each managed the feat that year, after Puddle of Mudd and Seether did in 2008 and Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and Three Days Grace did in 2007.

Why has such double-domination become rare in the 2010s? Throughout much of the '00s, harder-edged bands like 3 Doors Down, Audioslave and Staind became more palatable at Alternative Songs (and led both lists simultaneously) as post-grunge penetrated both formats. As the '10s dawned, alternative began to soften, warming to synth-driven acts like Phoenix and fun. and folk-leaning bands like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, while mainstream rock held tight to crunchy riffs.

This decade, the Dave Grohl-fronted Foo Fighters have essentially flown the flag for the formats' rarely found middle ground, a testament to their trademark mix of grungy guitars and pop-informed melodies.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL: On Hot Rock Songs, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" dominates at No. 1 for a 12th week, extending the record for the longest reign for a song by a solo male (dating to the chart's start in 2009). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra) ranks second with seven weeks on top in 2012. Among all soloists, only Lorde has led longer than Hozier: her breakout hit "Royals" ruled for 19 weeks in 2013-14.

Imagine Dragons hold the mark by any act: 23 weeks at No. 1 with "Radioactive" in 2013. Meanwhile, their new single, "I Bet My Life," holds at its No. 5 high on Hot Rock Songs for a fourth week.

Additional reporting by Gary Trust