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Garth Brooks & Pat Alger Top Hard Rock Songwriters Chart, Thanks to Cover of 'The Thunder Rolls'

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Garth Brooks performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8, 2019 in Los Angeles.

State of Mine's remake of the '90s country classic debuts at No. 1 on Hot Hard Rock Songs.

Country music legends Garth Brooks and Pat Alger tie at No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriters chart (dated Feb. 6), thanks to State of Mine's amped-up cover, featuring No Resolve, of Brooks' '90s country classic "The Thunder Rolls."

The remake debuts on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart at No. 1 with 501,000 U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 28, according to MRC Data.

Brooks' original was released on his second LP, 1990's No Fences, and ruled Hot Country Songs for two weeks in June 1991. It became his sixth No. 1 of an eventual 19 to date. The superstar boasts 17 No. 1s on Top Country Albums and is the best-selling album artist (72.6 million) overall since MRC Data began tracking U.S. sales in 1991.

Alger also has a longstanding career in country music and on Billboard's charts. Among the hits that he's co-written are fellow Brooks Hot Country Songs No. 1s "Unanswered Prayers" (1991), "What She's Doing Now" (1992) and "That Summer" (1993).

Brooks, meanwhile, has prior history mixing rock and country, having charted remakes on Hot Country Songs of tracks by Billy Joel ("Shameless"; No. 1, 1991), Bob Dylan ("To Make You Feel My Love"; No. 1, 1998) and Aerosmith ("The Fever"; No. 23, 1995), as well as updates of songs by Kiss and Little Feat.

Over on the latest Hard Rock Producers chart, State of Mine's BJ Perry and John Pregler each debut at No. 3, thanks to their production work on "Rolls." Greg Kurstin spends his third week at No. 1, thanks to his production on Greta Van Fleet's "My Way, Soon" (No. 3 on Hot Hard Rock Songs) and Foo Fighters' "Waiting on a War" (No. 4).

The weekly Hard Rock Songwriters and Hard Rock Producers charts (which began in June 2019) are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart; As with Billboard's yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Check out this week's full Hard Rock Songwriters and Hard Rock Producers charts, in addition to the other full genre rankings, at