2020 is the year rap artists dominate the rock charts

Although they might seem like two genres that couldn’t have less in common with each other, rap and rock aren’t all that different, and fans of one may like the other. Over the years, some innovative artists have found ways to blend the two, with collaborations between stars from each field kicking things off and paving the way for those who want to create music that can be perfectly described with both labels. .

Over the past few years, a wave of emerging talent in the hip-hop space has brought rock back into the fray, with emo-rap becoming one of the most popular styles of music in recent memory. It follows as a natural successor to the rap-rock wave that brought names like Linkin Park to the fore over a decade ago.

Now it’s become harder than ever to categorize a name or song as rap or rock, and the Billboard charts show that 2020 is the year rap musicians started taking over the rock chart in a major way.

Earlier this summer, newcomers Powfu and Beabadoobee scored an unlikely global hit with “Death Bed,” which could be described as everything from hip-hop to indie-pop and more. The track climbed to No. 1 on the Hot Rock/Alternative Songs chart, the most important in this field. In fact, he became the first leader when Billboard renamed the count from simply Hot Rock Songs to Hot Rock/Alternative Songs, adding the latter style to the mix (at the same time, the company began releasing a Hot Alternative Songs count also weekly).


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This tune also reached No. 1 on the Hot Alternative Songs and Alternative Streaming Songs chart, No. 2 on the Alternative Digital Song Sales and Alternative Airplay charts, and No. 3 on the Rock Airplay chart. Basically, it was a massive hit on every rock chart there is.

At the same time, the distinctive cut became a top 10 Hot Rap Songs (#9), Rap Digital Song Sales (#4), and Rap Streaming Songs (#7) chart. It’s very rare to see the same track perform so well on both the rock and rap charts, but “Death Bed” would be just the first in a string of similar hits.

As his first posthumous album legends never die took over the Billboard 200 and the tracks on it apparently topped all Billboard list ago, the late and great rapper Juice WRLD found his way to both the rock and rap charts at the same time, just not with the same songs.

Like legends never die produced nine top 10 hits on the Hot Rap Songs chart, with two tracks from the same set only appearing on rock charts, despite spending his career as one of hip-hop’s biggest names.

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“Come & Go,” a collaboration with Marshmello that ended up being the biggest hit of all hits on legends never die, peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Rock/Alternative Songs, Hot Alternative Songs, Alternative Digital Song Sales, and Alternative Streaming Songs charts, immediately making this cut a huge win in this world. Not far behind was another album, “Man of the Year”, which rose to No. 2 on the Alternative Songs stream and No. 3 on the Hot Rock/Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts.

This week, fellow hip-hop musicians 24kGoldn and Iann Dior are taking over the rock categories with their hit ‘Mood’. The cut wasted no time and went straight to No. 1 on the Hot Rock/Alternative Songs, Hot Alternative Songs, Alternative Digital Song Sales, and Alternative Streaming Songs charts. At the same time, it also climbed to No. 4 on the Rap Digital Songs Sales chart and No. 5 on the Hot Rap Songs and Rap Streaming Songs counts.

The aforementioned singles and artists are certainly not the first to appear on the rock and rap charts, but the fact that there have been three huge leaders in all areas in such a short time shows that the boundaries between genres are blurring. fade. , and quick. There are sure to be many more examples of this cross-pollination, and some other bands that have also landed big wins that seem to perfectly encapsulate both types of music could land No. 1 hits on both charts any day in the future. ‘other.

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