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Foo Fighters Set New Personal Record as ‘Making a Fire’ Tops Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart

Foo Fighters add their 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart as "Making a Fire" tops the list dated Sept. 18.

Foo Fighters add their 11th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart as “Making a Fire” tops the list dated Sept. 18.

The coronation of “Fire” sparks a first in the Dave Grohl-fronted band’s history: Parent LP Medicine at Midnight becomes the group’s first album to spin off three No. 1 singles on Mainstream Rock Airplay, as the song follows the reigns of “Shame Shame” and “Waiting on a War.” The band previously released three albums each with two leaders on the survey.

Meanwhile, in the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart’s 40-year history, Foo Fighters are just the sixth act to notch as many as 11 No. 1s, tying the totals of Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack. Shinedown leads with 16, followed by Three Days Grace (15) and Van Halen (13).


Here’s a recap of all 11 of Foo Fighters’ Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1s:

  • “Best of You,” four weeks at No. 1, beginning July 30, 2005
  • “The Pretender,” six, Oct. 6, 2007
  • “Rope,” five, April 2, 2011
  • “Walk,” four, Sept. 10, 2011
  • “Something From Nothing,” 13, Nov. 8, 2014
  • “Congregation,” three, April 4, 2015
  • “Run,” four, July 29, 2017
  • “The Sky Is the Neighborhood,” four, Dec. 9, 2018
  • “Shame Shame,” six, Dec. 19, 2020
  • “Waiting on a War,” two, April 10, 2021
  • “Making a Fire,” one week to-date, Sept. 18, 2021

Foo Fighters first hit Mainstream Rock Airplay in July 1995 with “This Is a Call,” which reached No. 6 that August. When “Fire” rose to the top 10 this July, it became Foo Fighters’ 28th top 10, tying the band with Tom Petty (solo and with the Heartbreakers) for the most top 10s in the chart’s archives.

“Fire” rules the Rock & Alternative Airplay chart for a fourth week, with 6.1 million audience impressions, up 5%, according to MRC Data; ranks at No. 4 on Adult Alternative Airplay (after reaching No. 3); and holds at its No. 12 high on Alternative Airplay.

Medicine at Midnight debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart in February and has earned 177,000 equivalent album units to-date.