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Guns N’ Roses Make First Mainstream Rock Songs Chart Appearance Since 2009

Plus, Skindred scales the chart for the first time since 2005.

One veteran of Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart makes a grand return after nine years, while another act makes its first visit in 13 years.

Guns N’ Roses debut at No. 31 on Mainstream Rock Songs (dated May 12) with “Shadow of Your Love,” released May 4 to promote the upcoming reissue of the band’s debut studio album, 1987’s Appetite for Destruction. The song, written by frontman Axl Rose and childhood friend Paul Tobias before Guns N’ Roses even came to be, earned 1.1 million audience impressions in three days of airplay across all rock radio formats in the U.S. in the week ending May 7, according to Nielsen Music.


“Shadow” is GN’R’s first track to crack Mainstream Rock Songs in nearly a decade and its 22nd entry overall. The group, which boasts eight top 10s, had last charted with “Better,” which hit No. 18 in January 2009.

“Shadow” is the band’s first radio single featuring its original lineup of Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler since “Patience,” which peaked at No. 7 in March 1989. It’s the first with Slash, Stradlin and McKagan since “Sympathy for the Devil” (No. 10, 1994).

The reissue of Appetite is due June 29 and features 73 songs among four discs, plus a “Locked N’ Loaded” edition that also includes the release on vinyl and digital formats, among other perks.

‘JAM’ SESSION: Meanwhile, Skindred‘s “That’s My Jam” bows at No. 38 on Mainstream Rock Songs, concluding a dry spell on the chart for the band that exceeds GN’R’s.

“Jam” is the Welsh metal band’s first appearance on Mainstream Rock Songs since “Pressure,” which peaked at No. 30 in March 2005. “Pressure” was released as the second single from Skindred’s debut album, Babylon, originally released in 2002 and reissued in 2004.

Skindred later made the now-defunct Active Rock Songs airplay chart with “Set It Off,” which peaked at No. 38 in July 2005. After “Off,” the band has released six studio albums, most recently new LP Big Tings, which bows at No. 23 on the Hard Rock Album Sales chart with 1,000 first-week copies sold.