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Metallica, Foo Fighters, Etc. Among Best-Selling Rock Artists Of The 2010s


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Billboard.com have compiled the chart data of this soon to be concluded decade, revealing the top charting and selling rock albums, rock songs and rock artists of the 2010s. When it came to the best-selling albums, the following releases headed up the list in regards to sales/streaming data in the United States:

  • 01. twenty one pilots – “Blurryface
  • 02. Mumford & Sons – “Sigh No More
  • 03. Imagine Dragons – “Night Visions
  • 04. Various Artists – “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
  • 05. Imagine Dragons – “Evolve
  • 06. fun. – “Some Nights
  • 07. Lourde – “Pure Heroine
  • 08. The Lumineers – “The Lumineers
  • 09. Panic! At The Disco – “Death Of A Bachelor
  • 10. Hozier – “Hozier

The publication went on to reveal the top 50 selling albums of the 2010s and there’s only a handful of releases for traditional hard rock or metal fans to rally behind. Other notable entries on the list include Disturbed‘s “Immortalized” at #24; Nickelback‘s “Dark Horse” at #28; Metallica‘s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” at #32; Linkin Park‘s “A Thousand Suns” at #39; Skillet‘s “Awake” at #40 and Foo Fighters‘s “Wasting Light” at #50. You can find that whole list here.

As for the best performing rock songs on the charts, the following took the top 10:

  • 01. Imagine Dragons – “Believer
  • 02. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder
  • 03. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive
  • 04. Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes
  • 05. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey
  • 06. twenty one pilots – “Heathens
  • 07. Walk The Moon – “Shut Up And Dance
  • 08. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still
  • 09. twenty one pilots – “Ride
  • 10. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out

Once again, fans of heavier fare won’t find too much to cheer about. Some highlights from the entire top 50 include Foo Fighters‘ “Rope” at #16 and their track “Walk” at #19. Stone Sour claimed #24 with “Say You’ll Haunt Me“; Linkin Park notched up #48 with “Waiting For The End” and Disturbed‘s cover of Simon And Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” saw them clock in at #49. The full list for the top rock songs of the past decade can be found here.

While it will be months until the top ten of the top rock artists of the 2010s will be fully unveiled (staggered announcements are planned from January through to late April 2020), metal and hard rock artists did make an impact on the remaining 40 spots on the top 50 rock artists list. Some highlights include:

  • 10. Foo Fighters
  • 13. Five Finger Death Punch
  • 16. Shinedown
  • 17. Disturbed
  • 20. Three Days Grace
  • 25. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 26. Avenged Sevenfold
  • 30. Nickelback
  • 35. Breaking Benjamin
  • 39. Seether
  • 40. Godsmack
  • 41. Metallica
  • 47. Chevelle

The list of data published thus far in regards to the top rock artists of the past decade can be found here.

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