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Three Days Grace Ties Shinedown for Most Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1s

"So Called Life" is Three Days Grace's 16th leader.

Three Days Grace matches Shinedown for the most No. 1s in the 40-year history of Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart as “So Called Life” ascends to the top of the Feb. 5-dated tally.

“Life” marks Three Days Grace’s 16th No. 1 and its first since “Right Left Wrong,” which crowned the list for three weeks beginning in April 2019.

The Canadian rockers first ruled with “Just Like You” in 2004. Its No. 1s are split between two frontmen; original singer Adam Gontier departed the band in 2013, with Matt Walst fronting the group since.


Most No. 1s, Mainstream Rock Airplay
16, Shinedown
16, Three Days Grace
13, Van Halen
11, Five Finger Death Punch
11, Foo Fighters
11, Godsmack
10, Disturbed
10, Metallica
10, Tom Petty (solo and with the Heartbreakers)
10, Volbeat

Three Days Grace previously held the record for the most Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1s, when it surpassed Van Halen with its 14th leader in 2018. Shinedown tied Three Days Grace at 15 apiece in 2020 and pushed ahead with its 16th No. 1 later that year. (Primed for more jockeying, Shinedown debuts on Mainstream Rock Airplay as Three Days Grace ties the chart’s No. 1 record; “Planet Zero” bows at No. 20.)

Concurrently, “Life” jumps 11-8 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 2.8 million audience impressions, up 11%, according to MRC Data. It’s the band’s first top 10 since “Chalk Outline,” which peaked at No. 5 in November 2012.

“Life” song also ranks at No. 9 on the multi-metric Hot Hard Rock Songs survey, after peaking at No. 3 in December. In addition to its radio audience, “Life” earned 796,000 U.S. streams in the Jan. 21-27 tracking week.

“Life” is the lead single from Explosions, Three Days Grace’s seventh LP, expected May 6.