Muse's 'Madness' Rewrites Record For Longest-Reigning Alternative Songs No. 1


The band's current hit establishes the longest command in the chart's 24-year archives.

With a 19th week atop Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, Muse's "Madness" rewrites the mark for the longest stay at No. 1 in the survey's 24-year history.

The track passes the 18-week domination of Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" in 2007. Muse also boasts the next title on the list of those with the most weeks atop Alternative Songs: the British trio spent 17 weeks at No. 1 with "Uprising" in 2009-10.

Here's a revised look at the tracks to spend the most time atop Alternative Songs:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Label, Date Reached No. 1
19, "Madness," Muse, Warner Bros., Oct. 13, 2012
18, "The Pretender," Foo Fighters, RMG, Sept. 1, 2007
17, "Uprising," Muse, Warner Bros., Sept. 26, 2009
16, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day, Reprise, Dec. 11, 2004
16, "It's Been Awhile," Staind, Elektra, April 28, 2001
16, "Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Bros., June 26, 1999
15, "What I've Done," Linkin Park, Warner Bros., April 21, 2007
15, "Sex and Candy," Marcy Playground, Capitol, Dec. 27, 1997
14, "Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Bros., April 22, 2006
14, "By the Way," Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Bros., June 29, 2002

"Madness" appears on Muse's sixth studio album, "The 2nd Law," which became its highest-charting set on the Billboard 200 when it debuted at No. 2 the week of Oct. 20, 2012. It's sold 288,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song rises 14-13 on Adult Pop Songs and, fittingly, given its title, is lined up for usage in CBS' promotional coverage of NCAA "March Madness" championship basketball next month.

"Madness" also bows at No. 37 on Pop Songs, marking the band's first entry on the mainstream top 40 radio airplay chart.

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