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Red Hot Chili Peppers Tie Foo Fighters for Most Alternative Airplay Top 10s

Both bands now boast 28 top 10s.

Red Hot Chili Peppers tie Foo Fighters for the most top 10s in the history of Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart, as “The Drummer” lifts 13-10 on the Feb. 18-dated ranking.

The song becomes the Chili Peppers’ 28th top 10.

The band previously had sole possession of the record before Foo Fighters tied it at 25 in 2020 and surpassed it in 2021, eventually rattling off two more through 2022 to put themselves at 28.


The Chili Peppers caught back up on the strength of “Black Summer,” a four-week No. 1 last year, followed by one-week ruler “Tippa My Tongue” last year and now “The Drummer.”

Most Top 10s, Alternative Airplay

  • 28, Foo Fighters
  • 28, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 24, Green Day
  • 23, U2
  • 21, Weezer
  • 19, Pearl Jam
  • 18, The Offspring
  • 17, Linkin Park
  • 17, Muse
  • 17, The Smashing Pumpkins

The Anthony Kiedis-fronted Chili Peppers first reached the Alternative Airplay top 10 in 1989 with “Knock Me Down.” The group is currently the only act in the chart’s 34-year history to have appeared on the survey in each decade of the list’s existence, from the ’80s through the ’20s.

Concurrently, “The Drummer” jumps 28-21 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 1.6 million audience impressions, up 21%, according to Luminate.

The song is the second single from Return of the Dream Canteen, the band’s 13th studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on the Top Rock & Alternative Albums charted dated Oct. 29, 2022, and has earned 130,000 equivalent album units through Feb. 9.