Foo Fighters retake ‘Billboard’ chart record with “Shame Shame” single

The new Foo Fighters song “Shame Shame” is doing the exact opposite of its title on the Billboard charts.

The track, the lead single from the upcoming Foos album Medicine at Midnight, has reached #1 on the Billboard Rock Airplay ranking, which measures spins across all rock-formatted radio stations.

In hitting the top spot on Rock Airplay, “Shame Shame” once again gives Dave Grohl and company the record for the most leaders on the chart, which began in 2009. The Foos has previously led all artists with a total of six #1’s on Rock Airplay until Green Day tied that mark earlier this year with their Father of All… single, “Oh Yeah!” With the chart-conquering heroics of “Shame Shame,” Foo Fighters are once again in sole possession of the most #1 singles on Rock Airplay, now with seven.

“Shame Shame’s” ascension also is the quickest jump to the head of Rock Airplay in six years. Its two-week climb was last matched by the 2016 Red Hot Chili Peppers single, “Dark Necessities.”

Meanwhile, “Shame Shame” has reached #4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving Foo Fighters their 26th top-10 entry on the list. That ties Van Halen and Godsmack for third most, trailing only Tom Petty and Shinedown, who have 28 and 27, respectively.

“Shame Shame” also is making waves on the Alternative Airplay chart with a start at #12, the best debut on that ranking since Twenty One Pilots‘ “Jumpsuit” bowed at #8 in 2018.

All of this to say that people really, really like Foo Fighters.

Medicine at Midnight, the 10th Foo Fighters studio album, will be released February 5, 2021. It’s the follow-up to 2017’s Concrete and Gold.

By Josh Johnson
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