Hot Modern Rock Tracks
(originally called Modern Rock Tracks
) is a music chart in the United States
that has appeared in Billboard magazine
since September 10, 1988. It lists the forty most-played songs on modern rock
radio, most of which are alternative rock
songs. The chart was introduced as a companion to the Mainstream Rock Tracks
chart and its creation was prompted by the explosion of alternative music on American radio in the late 1980s.
The chart is solely based on radio airplay and is a component chart of the Hot 100. As of 2008, approximately eighty radio stations are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by a calculation of the total number of spins per week with its "audience impression", which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Arbitron listener data.
Many rock artists do not release commercial singles in the U.S. Several popular songs which were not released as commercial singles did not qualify for the Hot 100 before December 1998, but performed very well on Modern Rock Tracks.
During the first several years of Modern Rock Tracks, the chart featured music that did not receive commercial radio airplay anywhere but on Modern Rock radio stations, of which there were few. This included many electronic and post-punk artists. Gradually, as alternative rock became more "mainstream" (particularly spearheaded by the grunge explosion in the early 1990s), the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts became more and more similar, both featuring a lot of the same songs.
The first number-one song on Modern Rock Tracks was "Peek-a-Boo" by Siouxsie & the Banshees. The current number-one song, for the issue dated October 18, 2008, is "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" by The Offspring.
- Artists with the most number-one songs:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (11)
- Green Day (8) (tie)
- U2 (8) (tie)
- Linkin Park (7) (tie)
- Foo Fighters (7) (tie)
- R.E.M. (6)
- Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number one:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (81)
- Foo Fighters (53)
- Linkin Park (50)
- Green Day (44)
- U2 (31)
- Three songs have debuted at number one on this chart:
- "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by R.E.M. (1994)
- "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
- "What I've Done" by Linkin Park (2007).
- No single act has replaced themselves at number one on Modern Rock Tracks, although when "All My Life" by Foo Fighters replaced "You Know You're Right" by Nirvana on November 23, 2002, this gave back-to-back chart-toppers to musician Dave Grohl.
- Dave Grohl has made the top of this chart with a record four different bands: Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Nine Inch Nails.
- Linkin Park's 2003 album Meteora has generated the most number-one Modern Rock hits with five.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers' album Californication and Linkin Park's album Meteora have generated songs with the highest total number of weeks spent at number one, each with thirty weeks total.
- Seventeen songs have spent ten weeks or longer at number one. These are:
- 18 weeks
- "The Pretender" — Foo Fighters (2007)
- 16 weeks
- "Scar Tissue" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
- "It's Been Awhile" — Staind (2001)
- "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" — Green Day (2004-05)
- 15 weeks
- "Sex and Candy" — Marcy Playground (1997-98)
- "What I've Done" — Linkin Park (2007)
- 14 weeks
- "By the Way" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (2002)
- "Dani California" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
- 13 weeks
- "Otherside" — Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000)
- "How You Remind Me" — Nickelback (2001)
- 12 weeks
- "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" — Fuel (2000-01)
- "Numb" — Linkin Park (2003-04)
- 11 weeks
- "My Own Worst Enemy" — Lit (1999)
- "Kryptonite" — 3 Doors Down (2000)
- "Pork and Beans" — Weezer (2008)
- 10 weeks
- "Wonderwall" — Oasis (1995-96)
- "All My Life" — Foo Fighters (2002-03)