But while the band’s 13th No. 1 extends a chart record -- the rockers have the most No. 1s in Alternative Songs history, besting Linkin Park’s 11 No. 1s -- the ascent of “Dark Necessities” marks an achievement that only three other songs have been able to accomplish in Billboard chart history.
Let’s call it the triple crown: The song has now hit No. 1 on all three rock airplay charts -- Alternative Songs, Mainstream Rock Songs and Adult Alternative Songs -- a feat accomplished by only four songs (the Chili Peppers’ new single included) since Adult Alternative Songs began as a Triple A radio-monitoring chart on Jan. 20, 1996. (The Mainstream Rock chart bowed in 1981, while Alternative Songs debuted in 1988.)
First it was The Wallflowers, whose “One Headlight” reached the Adult Alternative Songs summit on the chart dated Dec. 6, 1996, ruling for 14 nonconsecutive weeks. A five-week streak atop Mainstream Rock Songs followed beginning Feb. 1, 1997, and then a five-week run helming Alternative Songs kicked off March 8, 1997.
Seven years later, Green Day accomplished the feat with “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” The track first reached No. 1 when it crowned Alternative Songs for 16 weeks beginning Dec. 11, 2004, followed by an eight-week Adult Alternative Songs control, starting with the chart dated Dec. 18, 2004. The Mainstream Rock Songs reign was the icing on the cake, starting on the Jan. 1, 2005, chart and running for 14 weeks.
Finally, the most recent song to reach No. 1 on all three charts prior to the Red Hot Chili Peppers was… another Chili Peppers song. “Dani California” reached No. 1 on Alternative Songs starting on the April 22, 2006, chart, running at the top for 14 weeks. Then, on Mainstream Rock Songs, the song reigned for 12 weeks, starting with the chart dated May 6, 2006. Its Adult Alternative Songs peak lasted for just one week, on the June 17, 2006-dated chart.
Meanwhile, “Dark Necessities” first topped Adult Alternative Songs for two weeks beginning June 18, followed by a three-week reign on Mainstream Rock Songs starting July 23, and finally its newly christened Alternative Songs run beginning on this week’s Aug. 13-dated chart.
Songs That Reached No. 1 on Alternative Songs, Adult Alternative Songs & Mainstream Rock Songs
The Wallflowers – “One Headlight” (1996/1997)
Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004/2005)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dani California” (2006)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities” (2016)
Interestingly, “Necessities” is the first of the four to have never led more than one of the airplay charts at one time; each of its No. 1 runs came at different times and while the track was either climbing or descending one of the other charts.
“Necessities” concurrently marks its 12th week atop the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart this week, gaining 6 percent to 16.7 million in overall audience, according to Nielsen Music.