Muse's 'Madness' Ties For Longest-Reigning Alternative No. 1

With an 18th week atop Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative radio airplay chart, Muse's "Madness" ties for the longest stay at No. 1 in the survey's 24-year history.

The track equals the 18-week domination of Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" in 2007. Muse also boasts the next title on the list of those with the most weeks atop Alternative: the British trio spent 17 weeks at No. 1 with "Uprising" in 2009-10.

Here's a look at the tracks to spend the most time atop Alternative:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Label, Date Reached No. 1

  • 18, "Madness," Muse, Warner Bros., Oct. 13, 2012
  • 18, "The Pretender," Foo Fighters, RMG, Sept. 1, 2007
  • 17, "Uprising," Muse, Warner Bros., Sept. 26, 2009
  • 16, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day, Reprise, Dec. 11, 2004
  • 16, "It's Been Awhile," Staind, Elektra, April 28, 2001
  • 16, "Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Bros., June 26, 1999
  • 15, "What I've Done," Linkin Park, Warner Bros., April 21, 2007
  • 15, "Sex and Candy," Marcy Playground, Capitol, Dec. 27, 1997
  • 14, "Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Bros., April 22, 2006
  • 14, "By the Way," Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Bros., June 29, 2002

"Madness" appears on Muse's sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, which became its highest-charting set on the Billboard 200 when it debuted at No. 2 the week of Oct. 20, 2012. It's sold 280,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song rises 18-14 on Adult Top 40, is close to debuting on Mainstream Top 40 and is lined up for usage in CBS' promotional coverage of NCAA "March Madness" basketball next month.

Notably, of the 10 tracks to log the longest Alternative reigns, eight belong to the Warner Bros. family; six have been released by the label, while the related Reprise and Elektra imprints yielded one each. "Many factors have contributed to our success at alternative radio," Warner Bros. VP of alternative promotion Rob Goldklang says. "We believe in artist vision and have an unwavering commitment to artist development."