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Rick Rubin Rules Rock Producers Chart, Thanks to The Strokes

Rick Rubin hits No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Producers chart (dated April 25), leading for the first time thanks to nine production credits on the Hot Rock Songs chart, all on tracks performed by The Str…

Rick Rubin hits No. 1 on Billboard‘s Rock Producers chart (dated April 25), leading for the first time thanks to nine production credits on the Hot Rock Songs chart, all on tracks performed by The Strokes.

All nine songs are from The Strokes’ LP The New Abnormal, which debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with 35,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Bad Decisions” is the band’s highest-charting hit on Hot Rock Songs, at No. 6, followed by “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus” at No. 7 and “The Adults Are Talking” at No. 8.

Here’s a rundown of all nine of Rubin’s production credits on Hot Rock Songs. He solely produced behind all the tracks, which comprise the entire new album by The Strokes.

Rank, Title
No. 6, “Bad Decisions”
No. 7, “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus”
No. 8, “The Adults Are Talking”
No. 14, “Selfless”
No. 17, “Eternal Summer”
No. 18, “At the Door”
No. 25, “Why Are Sundays So Depressing”
No. 27, “Ode to the Mets”
No. 29, “Not the Same Anymore”

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Rubin has a legendary production history on Billboard‘s charts, dating back multiple decades and including Run D.M.C.’s reworking of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” a No. 4 hit on the Hot 100 in 1986 that he co-produced with Russell Simmons. He most recently reached the top 10 via Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” (No. 9, 2014), while other credits include songs by Dixie Chicks, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and Kanye West.

All five members of The Strokes (Julian Casablancas, Nikolai Fraiture, Albert Hammond Jr., Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi) concurrently tie at No. 2 on the Rock Songwriters chart, as they co-wrote all nine tracks on the new set.

Meanwhile, twenty one pilots’ Tyler Joseph returns to No. 1 on Rock Songwriters for a 13th total week on top, as the duo’s new single “Level of Concern” hits No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs. Joseph and Mutemath lead singer Paul Meany, who co-produced the song, tie at No. 2 on Rock Producers, behind Rubin.

The weekly Rock Songwriters and Rock Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Rock Songs chart; as with Billboard‘s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Check out this week’s full Rock Songwriters and Rock Producers charts, in addition to the other full genre rankings, at Billboard.com.