Green Day Lands 11th No. 1 on Alternative Songs With 'Still Breathing'

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Green Day "Still Breathing"

The band ties Linkin Park for the second-most leaders all-time, after Red Hot Chili Peppers' 13.

Green Day earns its 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart (dated Feb. 4), lifting the band into a tie for the second-most leaders in the chart's history.

"Still Breathing," the second single from Green Day's album Revolution Radio, rises 3-1 with a 9 percent boost in airplay in the week ending Jan. 22, according to Nielsen Music. It's the second No. 1 from the set, following "Bang Bang," which led for a week in November. The album bowed as the band's third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Oct. 29) and has sold 188,000 copies in the U.S. to date.

Green Day ties Linkin Park for the second-most No. 1s on Alternative Songs (which began in September 1988). Only Red Hot Chili Peppers have more (13), having upped their total last August with "Dark Necessities." Notably, all three acts are signed to Warner Bros. (with all of RHCP and Linkin Park's No. 1s released on the label; Green Day's last two have been on Warner Bros., while its first nine were on sister label Reprise).

Most No. 1s on Billboard's Alternative Songs Chart
13, Red Hot Chili Peppers
11, Green Day
11, Linkin Park
10, Foo Fighters
8, U2
7, Cage the Elephant
6, R.E.M.

With "Breathing" and "Bang Bang" both from Revolution Radio, Green Day boasts two Alternative Songs No. 1s from an album for the first time since 2004-05, when American Idiot generated three: the title track (six weeks at No. 1), "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (16, tied for the chart's fourth-longest reign) and "Holiday" (three).

"Breathing" continues its stranglehold on the Rock Airplay chart, leading for a fourth week with 13.5 million rock radio audience impressions. The track also rises 4-2 on Mainstream Rock Songs and 28-22 on Adult Alternative Songs.