Red Hot Chili Peppers have extended their record as the act with the most Number One singles in Modern Rock chart history as their current single, “Dark Necessities,” has become the 13th of the group’s career to hit the top of that survey. According to Billboard, “Dark Necessities” is the band’s 14th song to reach the Top Five and 25th to reach the Top 10 on the chart. “Dark Necessities” also simultaneously topped the Rock and AAA charts last week — an achievement that only three other songs have been able to accomplish.

  • The only other songs to top all three charts at the same time are the Wallflowers‘ “One Headlight” in 1996, Green Day‘s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” in 2004 and 2005, and the Chili Peppers’ own “Dani California” in 2006.
  • “Dark Necessities” is the first single from the band’s 11th studio album, The Getaway, which arrived in June and debuted at Number One around the world.
  • The Chili Peppers just headlined at Lollapalooza in Chicago this past weekend and will head to Europe for the rest of the summer and fall. North American dates are expected to begin in early 2017.


  • The Chili Peppers’ 13 chart-toppers — which include 1991’s “Give It Away,” 1993’s “Soul To Squeeze,” 2000’s “Otherside.” 2002’s “By The Way” and 2011’s “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie,” among others — have spent a record total of 86 weeks at Number One.
  • Who has the second biggest total of Number One songs at Modern Rock radio? That would be Linkin Park with 11.

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Johnny Angel wrote: “Never understood the fascination with this band or how they became so big. A few cool songs but that’s about it. Obviously others see it differently.”

Jeff Lenser wrote: “Some bands seem to evolve with me personally and musically throughout their careers. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been one of those bands that just seems to always know what I crave. Consistently pleasing me is a chaotic thing, but these guys always seem to be right there.”

James Campbell wrote: “They keep getting better every album.”

Nathan Webster wrote: “Maybe they can finally afford shirts now.”