15 Rock Bands That Have Surprisingly Never Had a No. 1 Hit on the Alternative Songs Chart


No Doubt, Soundgarden, Rise Against and Dave Matthews Band are amongst those that've oddly by no means reached the summit.

Billboard's Alternative Songs chart is celebrating its 30th birthday. Since it launched in 1988, the chart has mirrored tendencies on American different radio stations, starting from the school rock of the late '80s, to the grunge of the '90s, to the nu-metal of the early '00s, to the format's synth-happy sounds of right this moment, which even have so much in widespread with the place it began. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers have had extra songs high the chart (13) than every other artist, adopted carefully by Linkin Park and Green Day with 11 apiece. But loads of profitable different bands you'd anticipate to have no less than one No. 1 have unusually by no means reached the apex. Just a few are family names who had larger success on completely different charts; just a few are important favorites who got here up quick on the business aspect; others have been simply plain unfortunate.

Here are 15 bands from the previous 30 years who've by some means by no means scored a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, regardless of their vaunted standing within the style.


Alongside Oasis, Blur was half the royal household that dominated England’s Britpop motion of the mid ‘90s. This scene outlined British music tradition on the time, and although it wasn’t practically as pervasive on Alternative Songs' American dominion, it’s nonetheless shocking Blur by no means had a No. 1n-- primarily as a result of it landed only one mammoth U.S. crossover. If we’re speaking sustained cultural impression, “Song 2” might be one of many ten most iconic ‘90s rock songs, but it surely tapped out at No. 6 on Alternative Songs in 1997.

For the file, Blur’s highest-charting Alternative Songs hit is “Girls & Boys”: No. four in 1994. Notably, Blur frontman Damon Albarn logged his first No. 1 Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc” in 2005.

Breaking Benjamin   

Breaking Benjamin ranks at No. 50 on the Alternative Songs chart’s all-time high 100 artists listing, although the Pennsylvania band is considered one of simply two within the high 50 and not using a No. 1 on its résumé (Rise Against is the opposite). The act's lengthy profession is stuffed with hits (4 high fives and 6 high 10s on Alternative Songs), however, alas, no single has peaked increased than “So Cold” and “Breath,” each at No. three, in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

Over on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, the place its laborious rock sound is a bit more at house, Breaking Benjamin does have six No. 1s to its title.

Collective Soul

The Georgia rockers have been different radio mainstays all through the ‘90s, when tracks like “Heavy,” “The World I Know,” and “December” (their largest hit, at No. 2) all went high 10. Today, most would name “Shine” Collective Soul's signature music -- it’s by far its most streamed monitor on Spotify -- however the reality it was their debut single most likely prevented it from snagging some spins away from grunge’s extra established heavy hitters again in 1994, when it wound up peaking at No. four.

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band's legacy as a touring titan is clearly legendary, and its business success stays stellar, if underrepresented (this 12 months’s Come Tomorrow opened with 285,000 albums bought, the largest gross sales week for a rock band in over 4 years, in response to Nielsen Music). Still, no Alternative Songs No. 1s for Dave and co. “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Too Much,” and “I Did It” all went high 5 through the jam band’s late ‘90s and early-aughts heyday. 


As most different radio playlists moved away from tougher rock sounds lately, teams like Disturbed have misplaced clout on the format, however all through the ‘00s, the long-running Chicago band was amongst its surest bets. It registered 5 high Alternative Songs 10s over this era, peaking with “Prayer” at No. three in 2002.

Over on the heavier-leaning Mainstream Rock Songs tally, Disturbed boasts eight chart-toppers, together with the present No. 1, “Are You Ready.” 

Fall Out Boy 

Fall Out Boy is a uncommon case in 21st century radio: a rock band that’s usually fared higher on high 40 stations than rock. Smashes like “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Thnks Fr th Mmrs,” each from 2007’s Infinity on High, truly peaked increased on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 than on Alternative Songs. The band got here closest to an Alternative Songs No. 1 with “Dance, Dance” (No. 2) and “Sugar, We’re Going Down” (No. three), each off 2005’s From Under the Cork Tree.


Like Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin, Godsmack is an absolute large over within the mainstream rock universe, with eight No. 1s a the format, together with this 12 months’s “Bulletproof.” The Massachusetts band has accomplished properly for itself on Alternative Songs, too. It certified for our high 100 Alternative Songs artists listing to mark the chart’s 30th anniversary, backed by high 10 hits like “Voodoo,” “Serenity,” and “Straight Out of Line.” But even with all of the success the group has had within the rock radio universe this century, it has but to high Alternative Songs.


During nu metallic’s largest years, Korn was a staple on the Alternative Songs chart, with tracks like “Here to Stay,” “Freak on a Leash,” and “Make Me Bad” hanging alongside the way more radio-friendly post-grunge and and pop-rock of the period. As iconic as they're, Korn has not collected an Alternative Songs No. 1, hitting a No. four excessive with "Here," considered one of its 5 high 10s, in 1999.

No Doubt 

Early in its profession, primarily via 2000’s Return of Saturn, No Doubt zoned in on different radio play. This made sense, as these have been the times when the ska-punk aspect of its sound was extra within the forefront; “Don’t Speak” and “Ex-Girlfriend” have been the band's largest Alternative Songs hits at this level, each peaking at No. 2. Considering No Doubt’s lasting impression on different tradition as a complete, it’s sort of loopy no less than considered one of these (or say, “Just a Girl”) by no means obtained sufficient alt radio play to high Alternative Songs. The group did, no less than, get to have its moments within the mainstream solar, as soon as its sound moved extra firmly into pop (after "Speak" spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the all-format Radio Songs chart), as a trio of No Doubt singles went high 10 on the Hot 100 within the new millennium. 


For all of the love Paramore obtained for its 2017 album After Laughter and continues to obtain for its aughts output, Hayley Williams and the band has by no means drawn sufficient alt radio airplay to attain a No. 1 on the format. Two singles from 2007’s Riot!, “Misery Business” and “crushcrushcrush,” peaked at Nos. three. and four, respectively (the act's largest hits up to now), and After Laughter’s killer lead single “Hard Times” stalled at No. 13. Like labelmates Fall Out Boy, Paramore did get pleasure from some Hot 100 success when it set its sights on pop. “Ain’t It Fun,” “Still Into You,” and “The Only Exception” all went high 30 on the Hot 100 with out even charting on Alternative Songs.


The most acclaimed rock band because the Alternative Songs chart started in 1988? There’s a case to be made. But the variety of Radiohead No. 1s on the rating? Exactly zero. As cool as it could’ve been, it’s not precisely shocking that nothing off Kid A or The King of Limbs went to No. 1, however “Creep” getting marooned at No. 2 and “High and Dry” at a measly No. 18? That’s a bummer. We don’t think about it’s maintaining Thom Yorke up at evening lately, although. 

Rise Against

If you’ve been following different radio through the years, Rise Against’s inclusion right here must be a real shocker. And if you happen to peeped our all-time Greatest Alternative Songs listing, you’ll be much more baffled; Rise Against’s 2009 single “Savior” is the 2nd largest music within the historical past of the chart, but it by no means superior previous No. three throughout its 65-week reign. 2011’s “Help Is on the Way” truly peaked increased, however couldn't get previous No. 2. All in all, the band has charted 17 songs and despatched virtually half of them (eight) to the highest 10, however a No. 1 nonetheless eludes the Chicago punk band.

Social Distortion

The So-Cal punk band constructed itself right into a radio pressure within the ‘90s whereas sustaining its hard-earned cred. But not like contemporaries just like the Offspring or Green Day, Social Distortion by no means despatched any of its singles to the highest of Alternative Songs. “Bad Luck” got here the closest, hitting No. 2 in 1992, although between 1990’s self-titled album and 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (the act's most up-to-date album), it has maintained a gradual presence on alt radio. For that, it earned a coveted spot on the chart’s all-time high artists listing (No. 98).


This one’s an enormous shock. Even as inner-circle idols of the grunge motion, Soundgarden has by no means topped Alternative Songs. Three singles (together with “Black Hole Sun”!) obtained to No. 2, however nothing from the chart’s 55th-biggest all-time artist reached the summit. Frontman Chris Cornell finally obtained his first No. 1 on the chart Audioslave’s “Like a Stone,” and we’d be remiss to say Soundgarden has attained a lot larger success over on Mainstream Rock Songs, which it topped six instances.

The Strokes

The Strokes are New York City icons and leaders of a bona fide rock’n’roll renaissance within the early 2000s. This was well-documented within the in style 2017 e book Meet Me within the Bathroom, and tales of their glory days ought to endure properly into the longer term. Despite all their affect, the Strokes have been by no means fairly the business pressure many hoped they’d be. Chalk it as much as being too cool for the mainstream; chalk it as much as different bands following their result in larger success. The Strokes registered simply two high 10 hits on the Alternative Songs chart, peaking with “Last Nite” (No. 5) in early 2002.