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Muse’s ‘Madness’ Ties For Longest-Reigning Alternative Songs No. 1

The band's current hit matches the longest command in the chart's 24-year archives.

With an 18th week atop Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, Muse’s “Madness” ties for the longest stay at No. 1 in the survey’s 24-year history.

The track equals the 18-week domination of Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” in 2007. Muse also boasts the next title on the list of those with the most weeks atop Alternative Songs: the British trio spent 17 weeks at No. 1 with “Uprising” in 2009-10.

Here’s a look at the tracks to spend the most time atop Alternative Songs:


Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1

18, “Madness,” Muse, Oct. 13, 2012
18, “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters, Sept. 1, 2007
17, “Uprising,” Muse, Sept. 26, 2009
16, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day, Dec. 11, 2004
16, “It’s Been Awhile,” Staind, April 28, 2001
16, “Scar Tissue,” Red Hot Chili Peppers, June 26, 1999
15, “What I’ve Done,” Linkin Park, April 21, 2007
15, “Sex and Candy,” Marcy Playground, Dec. 27, 1997
14, “Dani California,” Red Hot Chili Peppers, April 22, 2006
14, “By the Way,” Red Hot Chili Peppers, June 29, 2002

“Madness” appears on Muse’s sixth studio album, “The 2nd Law,” which became its highest-charting set on the Billboard 200 when it debuted at No. 2 the week of Oct. 20, 2012. It’s sold 280,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song rises 18-14 on Adult Pop Songs, is close to debuting on Pop Songs and is lined up for usage in CBS’ promotional coverage of NCAA “March Madness” basketball next month.

“Many factors have contributed to our success at alternative radio,” Warner Bros. VP of alternative promotion Rob Goldklang says. “We believe in artist vision and have an unwavering commitment to artist development.”