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Falling in Reverse Earns First Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 With ‘Popular Monster’

The band has surged past its prior best, the No. 22-peaking "Superhero."

Falling in Reverse achieves its first No. 1 on a Billboard airplay chart, as “Popular Monster” rises 2-1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay survey dated May 9.

The song easily exceeds the No. 22-peaking “Superhero,” in January 2018, as the Las Vegas-based band’s best-performing single on Mainstream Rock Songs. The act made one other visit to the list: “God, If You Are Above…” reached No. 28 in 2015.

The coronation is bittersweet, however, as it comes less than two weeks after the death of guitarist Derek Jones on April 21.


Falling in Reverse is the second act to score a maiden Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 in 2020, following I Prevail, whose “Hurricane” ruled for two weeks in March; I Prevail also first appeared on the chart in 2015.

Concurrently, “Popular Monster” bullets at No. 16 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, up 4% to a new weekly-best 3.1 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song is currently a standalone single, following the band’s 2017 album Coming Home, which debuted at No. 2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and has earned 97,000 equivalent album units to date. All four of the group’s entries on the chart, dating to 2011, have hit No. 2 peaks.