Twenty One Pilots, FFDP + Queen Top Billboard Rock Charts 2020

2020 has been a different year thanks to the pandemic and that’s reflected in some of Billboard’s rock charts for the year just ending. Billboard, the magazine of the charts, has been tracking the tally throughout the year in a number of categories and we’re seeing an influx of older, familiar artists returning to the spotlight, pushing aside the few major new releases from the year.

In the Top Rock Artists category, the Top 10 is an interesting mix of classic rock acts and mostly modern alternative artists. Panic! At the Disco, which has had a grip on alternative radio in recent years, tops the list, followed by the breakout hit of Machine Gun Kelly and the TikTok-infused revival of Fleetwood Mac.

1. Panic! At the disco
2. Kelly machine gun
3. Fleetwood Mac
4. The Beatles
5. Twenty One Pilots
6. Queen
7. RDA
8. Tame the impala
9. Elton John
10. Imagine Dragons

When it comes to Rock Airplay, Twenty One Pilots have overtaken last year’s Grammy Queen, Billie Eilish. It’s no surprise as Twenty One Pilots also grabbed the top two spots on the Rock Airplay Songs chart with “Level of Concern” and “The Hype.” In both categories, it is overwhelmingly filled with artists from the alt-rock genre.

1. Twenty One Pilots
2. Billie Eilish
3. The killers
4. Weezer
5. Matt Mason
6. Green Day
7. Meg Myers
8. Absofacto
9. Elephant Cage
10. Tame the impala

1. Twenty-one pilots, “Level of concern
2. Twenty One Pilots, “The Hype
3. Billie Eilish, “All I Wanted”
4. Meg Myers, “Running Up That Hill”
5. Absofacto, “Dissolve”
6. Matt Maeson, “Hallucinogenics”
7. Coldplay, “Orphans”
8. Killers, “Beware”
9. Tame Impala, “Lost Yesterday”
10. Cage the Elephant, “The Black Madonna”

In terms of album sales for rock artists, the Top 10 (minus one) consists of collections of classic hits or stand-alone albums containing mostly music recorded in the 20th century. Queen The biggest hits continues its reign atop the Rock Albums of the Year chart, while Elton John’s Diamonds and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors ranked second and third. You have to go down to Five Finger Death Punch’s decade of destruction hits set at No. 19 before finding a current hard rock act. Machine Gun Kelly Tickets for my fall was the best-selling new rock release of 2020 at No. 22, while Ozzy Osbourne ordinary man was the metal’s best fresh deal of 2020 at No. 37.

1. Queen, Greatest Hits
2. Elton John, Diamonds
3. Fleetwood Mac, Rumors
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle
5. The Beatles, Abbey Road
6. Travel, Greatest Hits
7. The Beatles, 1
8. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits
9. AC/DC, back to black
10. Imagine dragons, evolve

Slightly narrowing the scope of the Hard Rock albums chart, Queen’s The biggest hits, AC DC Back in black and Metallica black scrapbook claim the first three places while the FFDP decade of destruction ranks fourth and Linkin Park’s Hybrid theory gets a boost at No. 5 for its 20th anniversary. Ozzy Osbourne ordinary man is the only album released in 2020 in the Top 10 at No. 7. If you’re looking for other albums released in 2020, swipe all the way to No. 27 for Metallica S&M2 and No. 28 for Pearl Jam’s gigaton, closely followed by Deftones ohm (#31) and Marilyn Manson We are chaos (#35).

1. Queen, Greatest Hits
2. AC/DC, back to black
3. Metallica, black album
4. Five Finger Death Punch, a decade of destruction
5. Linkin Park, hybrid theory
6. Bon Jovi, Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection
7. Ozzy Osbourne, ordinary man
8. Foo Fighters, greatest hits
9. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
10. Aerosmith, greatest hits

For the charting category best representing modern hard rock, the Mainstream Rock Songs of the Year chart features a strong performance by Five Finger Death Punch claiming No. 1 and Np of the Year. 3 songs with “A Little Bit Off” and “Inside Out”. Godsmack still held firm with “Unforgettable” at No. 2 and The Pretty Reckless came back strong with “Death by Rock and Roll” at No. 4.

1. Five Finger Death Punch, “A Bit Offbeat”
2. Godsmack, “Unforgettable”
3. Five Finger Death Punch, “Inside Out”
4. The Pretty Reckless, “Death by Rock and Roll”
5. I Win, “Hurricane”
6. Seether, “Dangerous”
7. Shinedown, “Atlas Falls”
8. Ozzy Osbourne, “Under the Graveyard”
9. Bad Wolves, “Sober”
10. Falling Upside Down, “Popular Monster”

To see more of Billboard’s year-end charts for 2020, go here.

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