Godsmack Lands First No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs in Four Years With 'Bulletproof'

Troy Smith
Godsmack

The band's lead single from "When Legends Rise" is their eighth No. 1.

For the first time in nearly four years, Godsmack rules Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as "Bulletproof" bumps 3-1 on the list dated May 26.

The band earns its eighth No. 1 on the chart, a run that began with "Awake" in 2001. It had last led with "1000hp" for three weeks beginning in August 2014.

Godsmack pulls into a four-way tie for the seventh-most leaders in the history of the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which launched in 1981. Three Days Grace and Van Halen lead with 13 apiece, while the other three acts tied with Godsmack are Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and Nickelback.

"Bulletproof" concurrently climbs 15-12 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, rising 9 percent to 5.3 million audience impressions in the week ending May 20, according to Nielsen Music. Godsmack boasts its highest-charting hit on Rock Airplay since "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain," which peaked at No. 5 in November 2010.

Godsmack's current hit also bullets at No. 13 on Hot Rock Songs, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data; it debuted and peaked at No. 9 on March 17.

"Bulletproof" is the lead single from When Legends Rise, Godsmack's seventh studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts dated May 12 with 40,000 equivalent album units.

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