Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters Achieve Mainstream Rock Songs Top 10 Milestones
Foo Fighters earn their 24th top 10, tying for third all-time, while Queens of the Stone Age rank in the top 10 for the first time in 14 years.
A pair of cornerstone rock acts achieve new milestones on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as both rise to the top 10 on the ranking dated Oct. 7.
Foo Fighters' "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," the second single from Concrete and Gold, the band's newly christened No. 1 on the Billboard 200, rises 12-7 on Mainstream Rock Songs. That gives the band 24 top 10s on the chart, tying for third all-time with Aerosmith. Only two acts have more tallied more top 10s dating to the chart's 1981 inception: Tom Petty (both solo and with the Heartbreakers) leads with 28, followed by Van Halen, with 26.
That said, the Foos extend their lead for the most top 10s since the beginning of the '90s, having earned their first in 1995; Petty, Van Halen and Aerosmith, while gathering top 10s in the '90s and beyond, were regulars on the chart from its start.
Before "Sky," "Run," the lead single from Concrete and Gold, marked the Foos' 23rd top 10, eventually becoming their seventh No. 1, for four weeks (beginning July 29).
Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age break into the Mainstream Rock Songs top 10 with "The Way You Used to Do" (11-9). The honor for the Josh Homme-led act? It's the band's first top 10 in more than 14 years, as it had last reached the region with "No One Knows," which peaked at No. 5 in May 2003.
That long of a break between top 10s on Mainstream Rock Songs isn't unheard of, but it's certainly rare; only three other acts have gone at least 14 years between top 10s. Black Sabbath took more than 14 years between "Psycho Man" (which spent its last week in the top 10 on Jan. 16, 1999) and "God Is Dead?" (which entered the top 10 on May 25, 2013). Chris Cornell charted multiple times with Soundgarden and Audioslave but, billed just as himself, went more than 15 years between his own "Can't Change Me" (Nov. 6, 1999) and Zac Brown Band's "Heavy Is the Head," on which he's featured (April 4, 2015).
But they're all eclipsed by Santana, who waited slightly more than 18 years between "Winning" (July 11, 1981) and "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas (Sept. 18, 1999), to break back into Mainstream Rock Songs' top 10.
Queens of the Stone Age logged six entries on Mainstream Rock Songs in between their two most recent top 10s but moved into the top 20 once, with 2005's "Little Sister" (No. 13).
Additionally, should "The Way You Used to Do" hit the top 10 of the Alternative Songs airplay chart, where it's currently No. 11, it would also end a long streak between top 10s for the band: more than 12 years, dating back to "Little Sister," which peaked at No. 2 in March 2005.