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Green Day’s ‘Still Breathing’ Rules Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

The song becomes the band's fifth No. 1 on the airplay ranking.

Three down, one to go for Green Day.

The trio’s “Still Breathing” tops its third Billboard rock radio airplay chart, jumping 2-1 on Mainstream Rock Songs (dated Feb. 11). It’s the band’s fifth No. 1 on the survey and marks the second case of Green Day achieving two No. 1s on the chart from the same album, following American Idiot, which yielded the Mainstream Rock Songs leaders “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Holiday” in 2004-05.


With the track’s Mainstream Rock Songs coronation, “Breathing” leads three airplay charts concurrently, as it rules the all-rock radio Rock Airplay ranking for a fifth week with 14 million audience impressions (up 5 percent), according to Nielsen Music, and Alternative Songs for a second frame.

While this isn’t the first time Green Day has paced all three charts with a particular song, it is the first such concurrent triple-up. “Breathing” predecessor “Bang Bang” led all three, as did 2009’s “Know Your Enemy,” but each’s reign never aligned to all three tallies in the same week.

The final rock airplay chart that “Breathing” could conquer? Adult Alternative Songs, where it reaches a new high of No. 19 (with a 10 percent jump in plays). Green Day has led the chart once, with “Boulevard” for eight weeks in 2004-05.