When Maryland pop-punk veterans All Time Low (Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson) released their eighth studio album Wake Up, Sunshine in April 2020, they couldn’t have predicted it would turn out to produce the biggest radio hit of their career.
In September 2020, ”Monsters” became All Time Low's first No. 1 on any airplay chart when it topped the Alternative Airplay listing -- and parked there for 18 nonconsecutive weeks, tying with Foo Fighters’ "The Pretender" for the third-longest reign at No. 1 in the chart’s 32-year history. Four months later, “Monsters” broke out of the alternative sphere and became ATL’s second-ever Hot 100 chart entry, reaching No. 67 -- “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)” being their sole entry in 2009 -- where it’s peaked at No. 64, as of this week's Feb. 13-dated chart.
Meanwhile, as the group is in the throes of that particular song’s, ahem, monstrous success, one of their other signature hits is experiencing a surprise revival. Their 2007 single "Dear Maria, Count Me In” blew up on TikTok in December 2020 when user @yungricepatty shared a clip of himself singing along to the track, thereby launching the “it’s not a phase” trend. “Dear Maria” eventually entered the Rock Streaming Songs chart, where it peaked at No. 5 this January.