There’s a new head honcho among acts with the most No. 1s in the 37-year history of Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.
Three Days Grace breaks the record for the most leaders, as “Infra-Red” rises 2-1 on the Sept. 15-dated tally. The band tallies its 14th No. 1, breaking a tie with Van Halen for the most since the list launched in 1981.
The Canadian four-piece accomplished the feat in just over 15 years of appearing on the chart and first led with “Just Like You” in August 2004; Van Halen ruled 13 times after nearly 17 years of scaling the survey (with the band’s career predating the chart’s inception).
Most No. 1s All-Time on Mainstream Rock Songs
14, Three Days Grace
13, Van Halen
10, Tom Petty (solo and with The Heartbreakers)
A difference between Three Days Grace and Van Halen’s Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 sums reflects the eras of each band’s hit-making heydays: Six of Van Halen’s 13 leaders hit the Billboard Hot 100’s top 40, including 1984’s No. 1 “Jump.” In the 2000s and 2010s, when relatively few rock songs have crossed to such mainstream acceptance, Three Days Grace has yet to reach the Hot 100’s top 40 (ranking as high as No. 44 with “Pain” in 2007).
Three Days Grace earned 10 No. 1s with original frontman Adam Gontier, who departed in 2013. The most recent four, including “Infra-Red,” feature Matt Walst on vocals.
Additionally, Three Days Grace already held the record for most weeks at No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs, a mark that now stands at 82 weeks; Shinedown is second with 66 (via its 12 No. 1s).
“Infra-Red” also leaps into the top 20 of the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, zooming 22-17 with 4.1 million audience impressions (up 15 percent), according to Nielsen Music. On the Hot Rock Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, the song moves up five spots to a new peak of No. 31.
“Infra-Red” is the second No. 1 from the band’s album Outsider (released in March), following five-week leader “The Mountain.”