2018 in Rock Music
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2018 in Rock Music

This article summarizes the events related to rock music for the year of 2018.

Notable events




  • Papa Roach's "Born for Greatness" and Greta Van Fleet's "Safari Song" return to top the Mainstream Rock charts for one and two weeks respectively.[7][8]
  • Pop Evil's single "Waking Lions" tops the Mainstream Rock chart for one week.[9]
  • Three Days Grace's single "The Mountain" tops the Mainstream Rock chart for five weeks.[10]


  • Jack White releases his third solo studio album Boarding House Reach. It tops the Billboard 200 chart, moving 124,000 album equivalent units. It is his third of three solo albums to top the chart.[11]
  • Breaking Benjamin releases their sixth studio album Ember. It debuts at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 88,000 album equivalent units.[12]
  • A Perfect Circle releases their fourth studio album, and first in 14 years - Eat the Elephant. It debuts at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 68,000 album equivalent units.[13]
  • Lord Huron releases their third studio album, Vide Noir. It debuts at number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 32,000 album equivalent units.[13]


  • Bad Wolves top the Mainstream Rock chart for three weeks with a cover of The Cranberries's song "Zombie". The cover was originally to feature duet vocals from original singer of the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan, but they were never recorded due to her death in January 2018.[14] The song was also one of the few hard rock songs to enter the Billboard all-format Hot 100 chart, debuting at number 54, the highest debut of any song for its debut week.[15]
  • Godsmack's single "Bulletproof" tops the Mainstream Rock chart for one week,[16] their eighth song to top the chart.[17]
  • Shinedown's single "Devil" tops the Mainstream Rock chart for one week.[18]
  • Godsmack releases their seventh studio album When Legends Rise. It debuts at number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 40,000 album equivalent units.[19]
  • Shinedown releases their sixth studio album Attention Attention. It debuts at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 60,000 album equivalent units.[20]
  • Five Finger Death Punch releases their seventh studio album And Justice for None. It debuts at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 71,000 album equivalent units.[21]


  • Godsmack's "Bulletproof" returns to number one on the Mainstream Rock chart for 4 weeks.[22]
  • Weezer's cover of the Toto song "Africa" debuts at number 89 on the Billboard all-format Hot 100 chart, their first song to find crossover success since 2009.[23]
  • Ghost releases their fourth studio album, Prequelle. It debuts at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 66,000 album equivalent units.[24]
  • Dave Matthews Band releases their ninth studio album, Come Tomorrow, which tops the Billboard 200 chart, their seventh album to do so. It debuts with 292,000 album equivalent units, the biggest rock album debut in four years.[25]
  • Panic! at the Disco releases their sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, which tops the Billboard 200, their second album to do so. The album sells 180,000 album equivalent units, the highest debut for an alternative rock album for the year.[26]
  • Richard Patrick of the band Filter announced the reformation of the band's original lineup - himself and Brian Liesegang, to record a follow-up to the only album the two had recorded jointly, the band's first album, the platinum selling 1995 album Short Bus.[27]



Band breakups


  1. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2018-02-03
  2. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8096629/fall-out-boy-earns-fourth-no-1-album-on-billboard-200-album-chart-with
  3. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8099056/papa-roach-mainstream-rock-songs-number-ones-same-album
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2018-02-24
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/feb/15/smashing-pumpkins-announce-first-tour-since-2000
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/09/siamese-nightmare-how-sour-grapes-scuppered-the-pumpkins-reunion
  7. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2018-03-03
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2018-03-10
  9. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8257623/pop-evil-mainstream-rock-songs-godsmack-shinedown
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2018-04-28
  11. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8279419/jack-white-boarding-house-reach-debuts-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-albums-chart
  12. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8366469/jason-aldean-scores-rearview-town-no-1-billboard-200
  13. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8406249/j-cole-fifth-no-1-album-billboard-200-chart-biggest-week-kod
  14. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8448709/bad-wolves-cranberries-cover-zombie-no-1-mainstream-rock-songs-chart
  15. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8257716/bad-wolves-zombie-taylor-swift-delicate-hot-100-chart-moves
  16. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8457553/godsmack-bulletproof-no-1-mainstream-rock-songs
  17. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8458683/godsmack-interview-sully-erna-bulletproof
  18. ^ https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/music/news/shinedown-scores-12th-mainstream-rock-songs-chart-no-1-with-devil/ar-AAy5a7o
  19. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8454698/post-malone-beerbongs-and-bentleys-no-1-billboard-200
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8455743/post-malone-beerbongs-bentleys-spends-second-week-no-1-billboard-200-albums-chart
  21. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8458036/bts-earns-first-no-1-album-billboard-200-chart-love-yourself-tear
  22. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks/2018-06-16
  23. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8460758/weezer-africa-no-89-hot-100
  24. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8460189/kanye-west-eighth-no-1-album-billboard-200-ye
  25. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8461343/dave-matthews-band-come-tomorrow-billboard-200-no-1-album
  26. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8463542/panic-at-the-disco-pray-for-the-wicked-debuts-no-1-billboard-200
  27. ^ http://loudwire.com/original-filter-duo-short-bus-sequel/
  28. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8464123/ghost-rats-mainstream-rock-songs-chart
  29. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-mainstream-rock-tracks
  30. ^ http://www.idolator.com/7682630/twenty-one-pilots-jumpsuit-video-nico-niners?chrome=1
  31. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/Twenty-One-Pilots/chart-history/hot-100
  32. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dolores-oriordan-the-cranberries-singer-dead-at-46-w515435
  33. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/vinnie-paul-pantera-drummer-and-co-founder-dead-at-54-w521897
  34. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/10/brand-new-confirm-yet-again-that-theyre-breaking-up-in-2018/
  35. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/01/alex-lifeson-confirms-rushs-breakup-after-41-years-we-felt-it-was-enough/

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