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Mainstream Rock is a music chart in Billboard magazine that ranks the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations in the United States, a category that combines the formats of active rock and heritage rock. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_0

The chart was launched in March 1981, as Rock Albums and Top Tracks, after which the name changed first to Top Rock Tracks, then to Album Rock Tracks, and finally to its present title in 1996. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_1

History Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_0

The Rock Albums & Top Tracks charts were introduced in the March 21, 1981, issue of Billboard. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_2

The 50- and 60-position charts ranked airplay on album rock radio stations in the United States. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_3

Because album-oriented rock stations focused on playing tracks from albums rather than specifically released singles, these charts were designed to measure the airplay of any and all tracks from an album. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_4

Rock Albums was a survey of the top albums on American rock radio, while Top Tracks listed the top individual songs being played. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_5

Mike Harrison of Billboard explained that when major artists release albums, more than one song from the album can become popular at the same time. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_6

The first number-one song on the Top Tracks chart was "I Can't Stand It" by Eric Clapton. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_7

On September 15, 1984, the Rock Albums chart was discontinued and Top Tracks was renamed Top Rock Tracks. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_8

It reduced from a 60-song tally to 50 songs on October 20, 1984, following a major revamp to the magazine. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_9

Coinciding with an increase in its reporting panel of album rock stations in the United States, the name of the chart was changed again with the issue dated April 12, 1986, to Album Rock Tracks. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_10

On November 23, 1991, instead of reporting panels, Billboard changed its methodology of measuring airplay by using monitored airplay as provided by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems to compile many of its charts. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_11

As a result, this data showed that many songs could spend months to over a year on the Album Rock Tracks chart. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_12

Billboard decided to drop to a 40-position chart (still its current format), and songs that fell out of the top 20 and after spending 20 weeks on the chart were moved to a new 10-position recurrent chart. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_13

The recurrent chart was scrapped two years later, but not the methodology. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_14

To differentiate between classic and alternative album rock radio formats, Billboard changed the name of the chart to Mainstream Rock Tracks beginning with issue dated April 13, 1996. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_15

The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart did not appear in the print edition of Billboard from its issue dated August 2, 2003, being accessible only through the magazine's subscription-based website, Billboard.biz. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_16

In late 2013, the chart was reintroduced to its primary website and magazine. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_17

When R&R ceased publication in June 2009, Billboard incorporated its rock charts, Active Rock and Heritage Rock into its own publication. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_18

The radio station reporters of the two charts combine to make up the Mainstream Rock chart. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_19

In the United States, Active rock stations concentrate on current hits over classic rock standards while heritage rock stations put a greater emphasis on classic rock with a few newer tracks mixed in. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_20

The individual Active Rock and Heritage Rock components were discontinued by Billboard at the end of November 2013 due to a growing lack of difference between the two charts. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_21

Chart achievements Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_1

Artists with the most number-one songs Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_2

These are the artists with at least 8 songs that topped the Mainstream Rock chart. Mainstream Rock (chart)_sentence_22

Mainstream Rock (chart)_table_general_0

SongsMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_0_0_0 ArtistMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_0_0_1 ReferenceMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_0_0_2
16Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_1_0 ShinedownMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_1_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_1_2
15Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_2_0 Three Days GraceMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_2_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_2_2
13Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_3_0 Van HalenMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_3_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_3_2
11Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_4_0 GodsmackMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_4_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_4_2
10Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_5_0 DisturbedMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_5_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_5_2
MetallicaMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_6_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_6_1
Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_7_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_7_1
9Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_8_0 AerosmithMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_8_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_8_2
Five Finger Death PunchMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_9_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_9_1
8Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_10_0 Foo FightersMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_10_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_10_2
Linkin ParkMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_11_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_11_1
NickelbackMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_12_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_12_1
VolbeatMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_13_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_0_13_1

Mainstream Rock (chart)_unordered_list_0

  • Disturbed holds the record for having the most-consecutive number-one songs in the chart's history with seven.Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_0_0

Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number one Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_3

Mainstream Rock (chart)_table_general_1

ArtistMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_1_0_0 Total cumulative weeksMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_1_0_1 ReferenceMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_1_0_2
Three Days GraceMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_1_0 82Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_1_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_1_2
ShinedownMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_2_0 74Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_2_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_2_2
3 Doors DownMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_3_0 53Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_3_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_3_2
NickelbackMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_4_0 51Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_4_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_4_2
MetallicaMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_5_0 48Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_5_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_5_2
Collective SoulMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_6_0 47Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_6_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_1_6_2

Artists with the most top-ten songs Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_4

Mainstream Rock (chart)_table_general_2

SongsMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_2_0_0 ArtistMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_2_0_1 ReferenceMainstream Rock (chart)_header_cell_2_0_2
29Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_1_0 ShinedownMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_1_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_1_2
28Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_2_0 Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_2_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_2_2
26Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_3_0 Van HalenMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_3_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_3_2
25Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_4_0 Foo FightersMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_4_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_4_2
24Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_5_0 AerosmithMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_5_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_5_2
GodsmackMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_6_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_6_1
Five Finger Death PunchMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_7_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_7_1
23Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_8_0 John MellencampMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_8_1 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_8_2
MetallicaMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_9_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_9_1
Pearl JamMainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_10_0 Mainstream Rock (chart)_cell_2_10_1

Artists with the most charted songs Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_5

Mainstream Rock (chart)_unordered_list_1

  • U2 (50)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_1
  • Van Halen (47)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_2
  • John Mellencamp (46)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_3
  • Pearl Jam (45)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_4
  • Aerosmith (44)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_5
  • Rush (42)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_6
  • Metallica (38)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_7
  • The Rolling Stones (36) (tie)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_8
  • R.E.M. (35)Mainstream Rock (chart)_item_1_9

Songs with the most weeks on the chart Mainstream Rock (chart)_section_6

Mainstream Rock (chart)_unordered_list_2


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