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Blink-182 Tops Alternative Songs Chart for First Time in 12 Years

'Bored to Death' reaches No. 1, marking the second-longest span in between No. 1s in the chart's history.

Blink-182 is back atop the Alternative Songs chart for the first time in over a decade.

The trio, whose seventh album, California, drops on Friday, earns its third No. 1 on the airplay-based chart (dated July 9) and its first in over 12 years with the set’s lead single, “Bored to Death.” The song rises 2-1 on the chart with a 3 percent bump in spins at the format in the week ending June 26, according to Nielsen Music.

The last time Blink-182 reached the top spot? The April 10, 2004-dated chart, when “I Miss You” reigned for its second week. The band also led the chart for eight weeks beginning Dec. 25, 1999, with “All the Small Things.” (After “I Miss You,” the act charted five more songs between 2004 and 2012.)


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In all, it was 12 years and nearly three months between Alternative Songs No. 1s for the band, which becomes the second-longest dry spell in chart history. Only Jane’s Addiction had to wait longer; after “Been Caught Stealing” concluded its four-week jaunt atop the chart on Dec. 8, 1990, it was 12 years and seven months before “Just Because” reached No. 1 for a week on the chart dated Aug. 2, 2003.

But the new No. 1 isn’t the only big achievement for Blink-182 this week. “Bored to Death” also moves up two spots to No. 9 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which makes it the band’s first song ever to reach that airplay chart’s top 10, dating back to its first title, “Dammit,” in 1998. Previously, Blink-182 peaked at No. 19 with “What’s My Age Again?” on the July 3, 1999-dated chart.

California is the group’s first full-length without guitarist Tom DeLonge; Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba fills in on guitar and co-lead vocals.

Blink-182 Achieves Its Highest Alternative Songs Debut Ever With ‘Bored to Death’

Good Start for ‘Good Grief’: Bastille trumpets its return to four different Billboard charts with “Good Grief,” the lead single from the British rockers’ currently untitled sophomore effort out later this summer. The track starts at No. 14 on Hot Rock Songs, No. 21 on Adult Alternative Songs and No. 10 on both Rock Digital Songs and Alternative Digital Songs (12,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending June 23). Those lofty entries exceed the act’s previous best debuts of Nos. 29, 24, 30 and 11, respectively. The track also continues to rise on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, where it moves 29-16, and Rock Airplay (23-12). 

Bishop Rides ‘River’ to Top 10: Bishop Briggs’ “River” continues its upward trend on the Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts, reaching the top 10 on both for the first time (and marking the singer’s first top 10 on either chart as well). The single rises 11-9 on both tallies, notching a 12 percent gain in audience on the latter list (rising to 6 million).