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Green Day Earns 10th Alternative Songs No. 1 with ‘Bang Bang’

The trio ties Foo Fighters for the third-most leaders in the chart's history.

Green Day arrives at No. 1 a bang on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart (dated Nov. 12), as “Bang Bang,” the lead single from the trio’s new album, Revolution Radio, rises 3-1.

With the coronation, Green Day ties Foo Fighters for the third-most leaders in the chart’s 28-year history. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead with 13, followed by Linkin Park, with 11.

Acts With the Most No. 1s on Alternative Songs

13, Red Hot Chili Peppers

11, Linkin Park

10, Foo Fighters

10, Green Day

8, U2

7, Cage the Elephant

Green Day also becomes one of five acts to top Alternative Songs in three different decades. After first leading with “Longview” (the first of four chart-toppers for the band in the ’90s) in 1994, the band added five No. 1s in the 2000s (with 2009’s “Know Your Enemy” its last before “Bang Bang”).

The other acts to accomplish the feat? U2 first did so, earning No. 1s in the 1980s, ’90s and ’00s, while Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Blink-182 have each logged at least one chart-topper in the ’90s, ’00s and ’10s. Blink-182 most recently entered the club before Green Day, as its “Bored to Death” led Alternative Songs for five weeks this summer.

“Bang Bang” has now led three Billboard airplay charts, having crowned Mainstream Rock Songs for seven weeks beginning Sept. 10, while also topping the Rock Airplay chart (which encompasses alternative, adult alternative and mainstream rock play) for three weeks starting Oct.22. The track is Green Day’s second to lead all three lists, following “Enemy.” It’s also the band’s fourth to top both Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs, following “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Holiday,” both off 2004’s American Idiot.

“Bang Bang” is the first single from Revolution Radio, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 29 with 95,000 equivalent units, of which 90,000 were pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music — marking the band’s third No. 1. The set has sold 118,000 copies in its first three weeks.

Meanwhile, new Green Day single “Still Breathing” debuts on the Nov. 12 Mainstream Rock Songs and Rock Airplay charts at Nos. 33 and 50, respectively, with 1.1 million audience impressions (up 22 percent) on the latter.