NEW YORK (Billboard) - Linkin Park’s trademark anthemic hooks came to represent a core sound in rock music in the 2000s, so it’s no surprise that the band ranks as the top act of the decade on Billboard’s Rock Songs and Alternative Songs decade-end tallies.
The group’s “In the End” places at No. 2 on the Rock and Alternative decade-encompassing charts. On the former survey — which encapsulates airplay from alternative, mainstream rock and triple A (adult alternative album) radio stations — Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” claims top song honors. On the latter chart, Trapt’s “Headstrong” stands tallest.
Among all acts, Linkin Park collected the most Alternative No. 1s — eight — during the decade.
On the Mainstream Rock Songs Artists chart, Nickelback is the decade’s top act. “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down is the chart’s top song of the decade.
After establishing itself as one of the alternative format’s cornerstones in the ‘90s, Green Day enjoyed its first trip to the summit of the Billboard 200 with “American Idiot” in 2004. The group returned to the penthouse with “21st Century Breakdown” this year.
U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and remained a Billboard chart force for a third decade. The band upped its total to seven career No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with “No Line on the Horizon” in March.
Toward the end of the decade, Kings of Leon soared to widespread success with a traditional, straight-ahead rock approach, as “Use Somebody” topped multiple rock and pop airplay charts. The track is the No. 1 song on the Triple A decade-end tally.
Coldplay is the decade’s top Triple A act, with its “Viva La Vida” having become the first song to top each of the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, Alternative and Triple A lists.
Just before the decade’s closing, Billboard recognized the softer side of rock with the launch of the Folk Albums chart.