Imagine Dragons have obtained the Top 3 songs on Billboard’s Top 10 rock songs of the decade. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 all belonged to the Las Vegas quartet for their much-acclaimed trio of singles, ‘Believer,’ ‘Thunder,’ and ‘Radioactive’.
Rounding out the top 10 were by Twenty One Pilots (‘Heathens,’ ‘Ride,’ and ‘Stressed Out’). The list also had one song each from Panic! At The Disco (‘High Hopes’), The Lumineers (‘Ho Hey’), Walk The Moon (‘Shut Up And Dance’), and Portugal. The Man (‘Feel It Still’).
The list has already provoked strong reactions from some music fans on Twitter, who contended that these are not rock songs, or that rock is dead, or that the general public has an extremely interesting taste in music. Visit Billboard’s official website to check out the full Top 100.
In a retrospective article in November 2019, Billboard revisited the making of Imagine Dragons’ breakthrough smash, ‘Radioactive’, proclaiming the song to be “almost the beginning of genre-less music” and describing it as “a bass-shaking thunderclap that sounded unlike anything of its time. A then-still-guitar-heavy alternative format was faced not so much with Wayne Sermon’s six-string riffs as it was room-vibrating percussion and distorted electronic stabs that recalled pop radio’s flavour of the week, dubstep”
Billboard have been making some changes within their tallying for their album charts. It was recently revealed that YouTube plays will affect the album charts. The calculations will consider official track streams as well as music videos presented via VEVO, TIDAL and Apple Music, excluding “user-generated content” or cover videos.
Along with this rule, merchandise bundles will also be taken into account. All of the items in the merchandise bundles must be available for purchase concurrently and individually on the same website to count as album sales. Both rules will be in effect on 3 January 2020.