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Volbeat Scores 10th Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1 With ‘Shotgun Blues’

The band ties Disturbed, Metallica and Tom Petty for the seventh-most leaders in the chart's history.

Volbeat lands its 10th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, and second in a row, as “Shotgun Blues” takes over atop the Dec. 18-dated survey.

The coronation follows that of “Wait a Minute My Girl” for three weeks beginning in August.

The Danish hard rockers first led the list with “Still Counting” in 2012. Five of their last six entries have reigned, with their two most recent No. 1s preceded by “Die to Live,” featuring Neil Fallon (one week at No. 1, March 2020); “Last Day Under the Sun” (four, August 2019); and “Black Rose,” featuring Danko Jones (one, June 2017).


With 10 leaders on Mainstream Rock Airplay, Volbeat slots into a tie for the seventh-most No. 1s in the chart’s 40-year history, alongside Disturbed, Metallica and Tom Petty (solo and with the Heartbreakers). Shinedown leads all acts with 16.

Most No. 1s, Mainstream Rock Airplay
16, Shinedown
15, 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

“Blues” takes No. 1 on the chart ahead of Volbeat’s upcoming tourmate, Ghost, whose “Hunter’s Moon” jumps 4-2. The bands’ co-headlining jaunt begins in January.

Concurrently, “Blues” shoots 10-6 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart with 2.5 million audience impressions, up 12%, according to MRC Data. It’s the band’s highest ranking song on the survey, exceeding the No. 9 peaks of “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” (2016) and “Wait a Minute My Girl” in August.

“Blues” also rises 5-4 and 41-36 on the multi-metric Hot Hard Rock Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs lists, respectively. In addition to its radio airplay, the song earned 641,000 U.S. streams in the Dec. 3-9 tracking week.

“Blues” is the second single from Servant of the Mind, Volbeat’s eighth studio album. Released Dec. 3, it launches at No. 2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart with 13,000 equivalent album units earned, marking the band’s fifth top 10 in as many appearances.