Billboard has announced the revamped multi-metric Hot Rock Songs chart with new name Hot Rock & Alternative Songs survey.
The change from Hot Rock Songs to Hot Rock & Alternative Songs shows the rise of artists who make music that is often considered alternative, but doesn’t fit within the common boundaries of rock. This subset of music has been noticeable not only on the Alternative Songs airplay chart of Billboard, which tracks airplay on radio stations playing the alternative format, but also on the all-genre Hot 100 chart of Billboard, with such artists as Billie Eilish, Powfu, and Benee.
The 50-position Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, which will go on to rank songs through a blend of streaming, radio airplay, and sales data as tracked by MRC Data/Nielsen Music (the same methodology that powers the Hot 100), will host songs deemed either rock or alternative, or both, since it expands beyond a listing of core rock titles, consisting of those with an alternative bent, to feature songs considered as a hybrid of rap and alternative, pop and alternative, and more.
Powfu’s hit “Death Bed,” featuring Beabadoobee, rules the first iteration of the christened Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart on June 13. The track, released on Columbia Records, has won much support on alternative radio, having reached the top 5 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart.
Rounding out the top five of the refurbished ranking are Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted”; Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey”; Benee’s “Supalonely,” featuring Gus Dapperton; and Twenty One Pilots’ “Level of Concern”.
In addition, Billboard has set up two new 25-position charts, employing the similar multi-metric methodology, as offshoots of Hot Rock & Alternative Songs: Hot Alternative Songs. This will include only songs categorized as alternative while Hot Hard Rock Songs will feature only guitar-based rock songs with a heavier edge.
Powfu’s “Death Bed” likewise leads the initial Hot Alternative Songs chart, while Falling in Reverse’s “Popular Monster,” a former No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally, is the maiden ruler on Hot Hard Rock Songs.
Billboard is also introducing the Alternative Streaming Songs and Hard Rock Streaming Songs charts, both 25 positions in length, to reflect the most-streamed songs in the U.S. in each genre. They join the existing 25-position Alternative Digital Song Sales and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales surveys.