While the charts have been dominated by rap and pop in recent years, Olivia Rodrigo’s four-week spell at number 1 with Good 4 U on the Official Singles Chart seems to usher in a wave of rock-inspired hits. Official Singles Chart.
Rodrigo’s pop-punk hit is now the oldest rock-influenced rock hit since 2003, when Evanescence spent four weeks at No. 1 with Bring Me To Life.
Two more Top 40 entries this week wave the genre flag: Italian rockers and Eurovision winner Måneskin make it to the Top 10 for the first time aged 7 with I want to be your slave, and Willow (as in Willow Smith) enters at number 33 with a pop-punk track transparent core ft. Travis Barker. Originally released in April, the song has skyrocketed into the Top 100 over the past three weeks and is set to become Willow’s first Top 40 single in 10 years since 2010’s No. 2, Whip My Hair.
While the Official Albums Chart has continued to feature the best of rock, it’s certainly been rarer in recent years for these bands to find success on the Official Singles Chart.
The likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Yungblud and rapper-turned-pop-punk artist Machine Gun Kelly have made several Top 100 stints over the past few months and years, but it’s a significant moment to see three songs on the guitar in the Top 40 in 2021, including two firmly established in the Top 10.
Discussing the recent trend, Martin Talbot, Managing Director of the Official Charts Company, said: “It has long been expected that rock would one day return to the Official Singles Chart, but few would have expected this. that it is launched by a former Disney chain. actress and Eurovision winner. But that’s what seems to be happening, thanks to Olivia Rodrigo and Italian Eurovision winners Maneskin.”
2000s pop-punk-rock artists inspiring a new generation
The pop-punk sound last saw mainstream success between 2002 and 2009, led by artists including Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects.
While Rodrigo is the latest artist to top the charts with a pop-punk song, a whole wave of up-and-coming artists seem to be inspired by the sound – including Filipino-British singer-songwriter Beabadoobee, Baby Queen and Girl In Red.
On the Official UK Singles Chart, since 2000, there have been around 30 number 1s which largely fall within the pop-rock-punk sound. Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers topped the charts in 2000 with the political anthem The Masses Against The Classes, while artists like Oasis, Limp Bizkit and Stereophonics all landed rock songs topping the charts in the early 20s. 2000.
The arrival of Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, who scored two No. 1s between 2005 and 2006, brought a wave of indie-rock back into the upper echelons of the Top 40, including Razorlight’s America and Kaiser Chief’s Ruby.
The arrival of Good 4 U at the top of the Official Singles Chart puts an end to a particularly long absence of pop-rock-punk number 1s. The last was over a decade ago, when Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name upset The X Factor’s No. 1 Christmas offer. Check out the full list of “rock” number ones (encompassing pop, rock, emo and punk) below:
Every pop-punk-rock number 1 on the official chart since 2000
|WE||TITLE||ARTIST||WKS AT N°1|
|01/22/2000||THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES||MANIC STREET PREADERS||1|
|02/19/2000||GO LET IT GO||OASIS||1|
|01/26/2002||SWEET JESUS||GEORGE HARRISON||1|
|09/28/2002||LIKE A PILL||PINK||1|
|06/14/2003||GIVE ME LIFE||EVANESCENCE||4|
|11/22/2003||CRASHED THE MARRIAGE||BROKEN||1|
|02/28/2004||WHO IS DAVID||BROKEN||1|
|04/10/2004||FIVE COLORS IN HIS HAIR||McFLY||2|
|03/09/2005||THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING INACTIVE||OASIS||1|
|07/29/2006||DON’T STOP ME NOW / PLEASE, PLEASE||McFLY||1|
|10/29/2005||I BET YOU’RE GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR||ARCTIC MONKEYS||1|
|01/28/2006||WHEN SUN SETS||ARCTIC MONKEYS||1|
|10/21/2006||WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE||MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE||2|
|06/28/2008||LONG LIVE THE EMPTY||COLD GAME||1|
|08/09/2008||ALL SUMMER||CHILD ROCK||1|
|09/20/2008||SEX ON FIRE||KINGS OF LEON||3|
|26/12/2009||KILLING IN THE NAME OF||RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE||1|
|06/03/2021||GOOD 4 U||OLIVIA RODRIGO||4|
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Article image: Gabriele Giussani (Maneskin)