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Volbeat Break Record for Most European Band No. 1 Rock Songs

Volbeat has something to celebrate this week as Danish rockers reach a milestone on the mainstream rock chart.

The Michael Poulsen-led act landed its eighth No. 1 hit on the chart that tracks airplay tours across mainstream rock radio stations in the United States. This means the band broke the tie with U2 for the most No. 1s by a band outside of North America since the chart first appeared in 1981.

Shinedown and Three Days Grace lead the total tally with 15 Mainstream Rock No. 1s each. Van Halen has 13 No. 1 hits on the chart. (See the Billboard rankings near the bottom of this article.)

Volbeat first landed a No. 1 Mainstream Rock hit in 2010 with “Heaven nor Hell”. The group’s subsequent singles to reach the same position include “Still Counting”, “The Hangman’s Body Count”, “Lola Montez”, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”, “Black Rose” and “Last Day Under the Sun” from the last year.

For the week ending March 14, “Die to Live” reached No. 1 on the chart after reaching No. 3 the previous week. It has been climbing the Mainstream Rock charts for the past 18 weeks.

Fans can commemorate Volbeat’s rock radio accomplishment when the band embarks on a US tour next month with Clutch and The Picturebooks. The trek begins April 4 in Tempe, Arizona, before meandering across the country to end May 13 in New York City.

Groups with the most popular #1 rock songs

Shine Down – 15
Three Day Grace – 15
Van Halen – 13
Disturbed – 10
Gods – 10
Tom Petty (solo and with the Heartbreakers) – 10
Aerosmith – 9
Metallica – 9
Five Finger Death Punch – 8
Foo Fighters – 8
Linkin Park – 8
Nickelback – 8
Volbeat – 8

See Volbeat in the Top 50 Rock Albums of 2019