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Volbeat Breaks Record for Most Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s by a European Act

"Die to Live," featuring Clutch's Neil Fallon, rises 3-1, becoming Volbeat's eighth leader.

Volbeat makes a record rise to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as “Die to Live” jumps 3-1 on the March 14-dated tally.

The song is the Danish group’s eighth Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1, breaking the band out of a tie with U2 for the most No. 1s by an act based outside of North America, dating to the chart’s 1981 inception.

Volbeat first led in July 2012 with “Still Counting.” Among all artists, Volbeat ties for the ninth-most Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s. Shinedown and Three Days Grace lead all acts with 15 apiece.


Most Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s
15, Shinedown
15, Three Days Grace
13, Van Halen
10, Disturbed
10, Godsmack
10, Tom Petty (solo and with the Heartbreakers)
9, Aerosmith
9, Metallica
8, Five Finger Death Punch
8, Foo Fighters
8, Linkin Park
8, Nickelback
8, Volbeat

All the bands above are based or were formed in the U.S. except for Volbeat (Denmark), Nickelback and Three Days Grace (both Canada).

“Die to Live” sports vocals from Clutch‘s Neil Fallon, marking Fallon’s first No. 1 solo or with his usual band. Clutch has earned three Mainstream Rock Songs entries, led by its first and highest-charting, “Careful With That Mic…” (No. 24, 2001).


Concurrently, “Die to Live” rises 15-13 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay list with 3.4 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song is the latest single from Rewind, Replay, Rebound, Volbeat’s seventh studio set, which debuted at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums last August, and has earned 69,000 equivalent album units to date. Preceding single “Last Day Under the Sun” ruled Mainstream Rock Songs for four weeks the same month.