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    Default Hardest Rock song to ever be #1 Billlboard Hot 100?

    I went down a rabbit hole, and I guess I kind of knew it, but it is amazing how few true ROCK songs were ever number 1 on the Hot 100 overall chart. Set aside the acoustic power ballads etc etc.

    Satisfaction, Sweet Child O Mine, Eye of the Tiger, Jump, I Love Rock N Roll, Bad Medicine, Living on a Prayer, Here I go Again,Smooth.....surely I am missing something? I skimmed around

    Not a single Grunge song was #1. Hardly anything of what I would call a hard rock song was #1. I guess you can spin the power ballads.


    I guess a ton of Rock Anthems got stuck at #2 or in the top 5...look at the album sales of classic rock, its just hard to imagine more didn't break through. Kind of like how 1984 album got stuck at #2, but Jump cracked through.

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    Smells Like Teen Spirit never hit #1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Smells Like Teen Spirit never hit #1?
    Yeah, I was kinda shocked it didn't. I didn't know Sweet Child was a number one, either.

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    Yeah, I didn't remember it being one. I guess I shoulda known cuz they played the hell out of it, back then.

    I'm guessing Nirvana got close but was held back by Color Me Bad, or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PassingBy View Post
    Linkin Park has had ten number one hits.

    Actually they never had a #1 on the US Hot 100. The highest was #2 for In The End.

    Not the rock charts.....but Hot 100. Its the Kasey Kasem top 40 chart. Its quite surprising how few there are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoa Joe's Ego View Post
    Actually they never had a #1 on the US Hot 100. The highest was #2 for In The End.

    Not the rock charts.....but Hot 100. Its the Kasey Kasem top 40 chart. Its quite surprising how few there are.
    Does VH still hold the record for most #1's on the Rock chart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Does VH still hold the record for most #1's on the Rock chart?
    Not sure. Did a quick search and came up with this. I scanned over it and it looks like VH might still be #1 at 13...if this is accurate. Its wikipedia so.....but the # in parenthesis by the artist is the # of #1 mainstream rock songs they had. They have, for example, VH with 13 and Metallica with 8.

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    i remember Skid Row had the #1 album with Slave to the Grind, which is fucking awesome by the way. did Monkey Business ever hit #1 as a single? that's a pretty damn heavy song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Smells Like Teen Spirit never hit #1?
    And we thank god for that.


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    I think Pantera's "Far beyond driven" hit number 1, at that time.
    I just remember it being a big deal, due to the extreme content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Does VH still hold the record for most #1's on the Rock chart?
    Yup.

    They had three with Roth, nine with Hagar and one with Gary.

 

 

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