Foo Fighters‘ Greatest Hits LP jumps from No. 8 to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Hard Rock Albums chart (dated April 9), while the band’s 1997 hit single “Everlong” re-enters Hot Hard Rock Songs at No. 1 following the death of longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins on March 25.
Greatest Hits, released in 2009, leads Top Hard Rock Albums for the first time since it debuted at No. 1 that November, up 179% to 22,000 equivalent album units earned in the March 25-31 tracking week, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.
The set also soars 24-2 on Top Rock Albums, reaching a new peak, and 147-18 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Meanwhile, “Everlong” hits No. 1 for the first time on Hot Hard Rock Songs (which began in 2020), with 4.8 million U.S. streams (up 56%), 2.6 million in radio airplay audience (up 34%) and 1,800 downloads sold (up 391%).
“Everlong” is from Foo Fighters’ sophomore LP The Colour and the Shape (and is on Greatest Hits) and reached No. 3 on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart in 1997. The album became the band’s first Billboard 200 top 10, debuting and peaking at No. 10. (Notably, Hawkins does not appear on the studio version of the song, as he joined the group following the LP’s recording. He does, however, appear in the song’s official video.)
On the all-format Digital Song Sales chart, the group’s “My Hero” and “Learn to Fly” debut at Nos. 39 and 42 with 2,100 sold and just under that total, respectively. (As with “Everlong,” “My Hero” does not feature Hawkins’ drumming on its studio version.)
Hawkins died March 25 while on tour with Foo Fighters in Bogotá, Colombia.