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Jeff Beck Returns to Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart After Record 28-Year Break

The veteran guitarist is featured on Ozzy Osbourne's "Patient Number 9."

Ozzy Osbourne has yet again helped a veteran artist to a record on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

Osbourne’s “Patient Number 9,” which features guitarist Jeff Beck, debuts at No. 20 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay list dated July 2.

It’s Beck’s first credited appearance on the ranking since 1994, when his song with Seal, “Manic Depression,” peaked at No. 10 that February and charted through that March.

With 28 years and four months between Mainstream Rock Airplay appearances, Beck’s time away from the chart is now the longest in the list’s 41-year history. The previous mark? Elton John, who charted through September 1992 when “Runaway Train,” featuring Eric Clapton, hit No. 10. John then waited 27 years and five months until the debut of Osbourne’s ballad “Ordinary Man,” featuring John, in February 2020.

John’s return surpassed a 25-year, 11-month and three-week drought for Queen co-founder Brian May, from his solo “Driven by You” in 1993 to his featured turn on Five Finger Death Punch‘s cover of “Blue on Black,” alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Brantley Gilbert, in 2019.

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Longest Gaps Between Mainstream Rock Songs Entries

  • 28 years, four months, Jeff Beck (1994-2022)
  • 27 years, five months, Elton John (1992-2020)
  • 25 years, 11 months, three weeks, Brian May (1993-2019)
  • 23 years, four months, three weeks, Charlie Daniels (1987-2011)
  • 22 years, 11 months, three weeks, Alice Cooper (1991-2014)

“Patient” is Beck’s sixth Mainstream Rock Airplay entry. He first reached the survey with “People Get Ready,” with Rod Stewart, a No. 5 hit, Beck’s highest rank, in July 1985.

For Osbourne, “Patient” marks his 37th Mainstream Rock Airplay entry as a solo artist, a sum that includes three No. 1s, most recently “Under the Graveyard” in 2019.

Concurrently, “Patient” starts at No. 21 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 1.8 million audience impressions, according to Luminate, all tallied from its release June 24 through June 26.

The song is expected to appear on other Billboard charts dated July 9 following its first week of streaming and sales tracking and its first full frame of airplay measurement.

“Patient” is the title-track lead single from Osbourne’s album due Sept. 9. Predecessor Ordinary Man debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts in March 2020.