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Foo Fighters’ ‘The Glass’ Shatters the Ceiling on Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart

It also becomes the band's record-extending 31st top 10 on Alternative Airplay.

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Foo Fighters score their 14th career No. 1 – and third in a row, a first for the band – on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “The Glass,” which jumps to the top of the April 13-dated tally.

“The Glass” follows reigns for “Rescued” beginning last May and “Under You” last September.

Foo Fighters link three straight rulers after the Dave Grohl-led act previously packaged two in a row four times, with “Rope” and “Walk” (2011); “Something From Nothing” and “Congregation” (2014-15); “Run” and “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” (2017); and “Waiting on a War” and “Making a Fire” (2021).


In all, Foo Fighters now boast 14 No. 1s, tying the group with Five Finger Death Punch for the third-most in the chart’s history, which dates to 1981.

Most No. 1s, Mainstream Rock Airplay:
19, Shinedown
17, Three Days Grace
14, Five Finger Death Punch
14, Foo Fighters
13, Metallica
13, Van Halen
12, Disturbed
12, Godsmack

Foo Fighters first reached Mainstream Rock Airplay in 1995 with “This Is a Call,” which peaked at No. 6. They first led with “Best of You” in 2005.

Concurrently, “The Glass” shatters the top 10 barrier on Alternative Airplay, rising 11-9. It’s the band’s chart-leading 31st top 10, dating to the list’s 1988 premiere.

Most Top 10s, Alternative Airplay:
31, Foo Fighters
28, Red Hot Chili Peppers
26, Green Day
23, U2
21, Weezer
20, Pearl Jam
19, Linkin Park
18, The Offspring
17, Muse
17, The Smashing Pumpkins

The track ranks at No. 24 on Adult Alternative Airplay (after reaching No. 11 in early March). On the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, it remains at No. 6 (after hitting No. 5) with 5.7 million audience impressions March 29-April 4, up 1%, according to Luminate.

On the most recent multimetric Hot Hard Rock Songs list (dated April 6, reflecting data March 22-28), “The Glass” placed at No. 5. In addition to its radio airplay, the song earned 166,000 official U.S. streams in that span.


“The Glass” is the third single, following “Rescued” and “Under You,” from But Here We Are, Foo Fighters’ 11th studio album. The set debuted at No. 1 on the Top Alternative Albums chart in June 2023 and has earned 168,000 equivalent album units to date.

All Billboard charts dated April 13 will update on Tuesday, April 9.

This article was first published by Billboard U.S.

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