The song is the band’s first leader since “Survivor,” which ruled for two weeks in October 2021. In between, Pop Evil notched a pair of top five hits: “Eye of the Storm” (No. 2, September 2022) and “Paranoid (Crash & Burn)” (No. 5, April 2023).
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Pop Evil first reigned on Mainstream Rock Airplay with “Trenches” for four weeks beginning in July 2013. The band is tied with Papa Roach for the seventh-most No. 1s since the start of the 2010s; Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown lead all acts with 14 each in that span.
Concurrently, “Skeletons” lifts 15-13 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart thanks to 2.2 million audience impressions, up 11% Oct. 27-Nov. 2, according to Luminate. It’s Pop Evil’s highest charting song on the list since “Survivor,” which peaked at No. 11; its all-time best and lone top 10, “Trenches,” reached No. 9.
On the most recently published multimetric Hot Hard Rock Songs chart (dated Nov. 4), “Skeletons” re-entered at No. 24. In addition to its radio airplay, the song earned 170,000 official U.S. streams Oct. 20-26.
“Skeletons” is the title track and third single from Pop Evil’s seventh studio album, following “Eye of the Storm” and “Paranoid (Crash & Burn).” The LP debuted at No. 36 on the Top Album Sales ranking in April and has earned 29,000 equivalent album units to date.
All Billboard charts dated Nov. 11 will update on Billboard.com on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
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