Panic! At the Disco, Queen Dominate Billboard 2019 Rock Charts
It was a big year in rock, with Panic! at the Disco truly having a moment, especially where the Billboard rock charts are concerned. The chart-based publication has revealed that the Brendon Urie-led act topped several charts in 2019, including the Top Rock Artists tally.
"High Hopes" and "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" finished 1-2 for the year on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, which catapulted them from 2018's No. 3 Top Rock Artist to No. 1 in 2019.
"High Hopes" ruled the Alternative Songs chart, spending 16 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 between 2018 and 2019. It spent a total of 43 weeks atop the hot Rock Songs chart, which according to Billboard obliterated the previous record of 30 weeks by Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens." "High Hopes" also became the group's first Top 30 hit on Billboard's Hot 1000 in over a decade when it peaked at No. 4. "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" then followed suit, climbing to No. 16.
Panic's other chart accomplishments included topping the Alternative Songs Artists and Rock Airplay Artists lists.
Meanwhile, Panic! at the Disco bested a classic act as the year's Top Rock Artist. Queen, who returned to the spotlight with 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody film, saw the fruits of that momentum carry over into the new year. The boost from the film helped drive sales and streams of material from the entire Queen catalog. They climbed from No. 6 in 2018 to No. 2 in 2019 on the Top Rock Artists chart.
Queen were the No. 1 act on the Rock Albums Artists chart and they also topped the Rock Digital Song Sales Artists chart, as the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack spent 20 weeks at No. 1.
For a true modern hard rock artist among Billboard's year-end chart toppers, you have to go to Disturbed. The band claimed the title on the Mainstream Rock Songs Artists chart, claiming the title for the first time since 2016.
Get a closer look at all of Billboard's year-end charts here.
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