Foo Fighters Land Milestone 10th Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1 With ‘Waiting on a War’


Foo Fighters earn their 10th No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, as “Waiting on a War” rises 2-1 on the tally dated April 10.

The Dave Grohl-led rockers join a club of just eight other acts in the chart’s 40-year history to score at least 10 rulers, and the second in 2021, following Five Finger Death Punch, which reached the milestone in February with “Living the Dream.”

Foo Fighters first led Mainstream Rock Airplay in 2005, after appearing on the list for over 10 years, when “Best of You,” their ninth top 10, hit No. 1 that July.

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

“War” is Foo Fighters’ second No. 1 this decade, following “Shame Shame,” which began a six-week command in December.

Grohl has also topped Mainstream Rock Airplay as the drummer of Nirvana; “You Know You’re Right” led for four weeks in 2002.

“War” concurrently crowns the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart for a fourth week, with 6.8 million audience impressions, up 10%, according to MRC Data. The song also hits a new No. 3 best on Adult Alternative Airplay and rebounds 10-9 on Alternative Airplay with a new weekly high in plays, after reaching No. 8.

Medicine at Midnight, Foo Fighters’ 10th studio album that includes both “War” and “Shame,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts dated Feb. 20 and has earned 130,000 equivalent album units to date.

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