Are we witnessing the return of rock in the Official Singles Chart?

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.

Maneskin

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.


Olivia Rodrigue

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
01/27/2001 ROLLIN’ LIMP BIZKIT 2
01/26/2002 SWEET JESUS GEORGE HARRISON 1
04/27/2002 HINDU TIME OASIS 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
03/07/2004 OBVIOUSLY McFLY 1
08/07/2004 THUNDER BIRDS/3AM BROKEN 2
03/12/2005 DAKOTA STEREOPHONIC 1
05/28/2005 LYLA OASIS 1
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
03/25/2006 NOT TOMORROW ORSON 1
10/14/2006 AMERICA RAZOR LIGHT 1
10/21/2006 WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 2
11/04/2006 STAR GIRL McFLY 1
03/03/2007 RUBY KAISER HEADS 1
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
10/11/2008 SO WHAT PINK 3
26/12/2009 KILLING IN THE NAME OF RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 1
06/03/2021 GOOD 4 U OLIVIA RODRIGO 4

©2021 Official Map Company. All rights reserved.

Article image: Gabriele Giussani (Maneskin)