“The Thunder Rolls” rises to No. 2 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.
Another hard-rock cover of a decidedly non-hard rock song is rising on the Billboard charts.
All That Remains pushes 4-2 on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart (dated Sept. 2) and makes its first Rock Digital Song Sales appearance at No. 13 with its version of Garth Brooks’ 1991 Hot Country Songs No. 1 “The Thunder Rolls.”
The final track on the band’s eighth album Madness, which debuted atop Hard Rock Albums (May 20; 11,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music), gains by 36 percent to 4,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 17, boosted by the arrival of its video on Aug. 3. The 4,000-download tally is the best the song has moved in a single week since its release.
Earlier this month, frontman Phil Labonte told Billboard of the cover, ” So far the reaction has been really cool. It’s also kind of what I expected; our core audience likes a lot of diverse styles of music and gets it, and I think there’s enough stuff on it for people that haven’t heard All That Remains before to be kind of lured in. That’s always our point: how can we reach out to new people?”
“Thunder” also rises 41-31 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart and is drawing early radio airplay on SiriusXM’s Octane channel (18 first-week plays through Aug. 20). Its music video has accumulated 2.1 million global views since its Aug. 3 release, already nearly double that of the Madness title track lead single (released April 26).
“Thunder” is the latest cover to grace the hard rock charts, a recent trend led by Disturbed’s rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” which ruled the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart for seven weeks in 2016. In fact, “Silence” is the song ahead of “Thunder” on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales (5,000 sold), making the top two songs on the chart covers of well-known classics remade as crunchy rock renditions.
Other recent such covers include Godsmack’s version of The Beatles’ “Come Together” (which led Hard Rock Digital Song Sales for a week this March and peaked at No. 21 on Mainstream Rock Songs); Halestorm’s “Still of the Night” that was originally made a hit by Whitesnake (No. 20, Mainstream Rock Songs),;Chris Cornell’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” following the death of its writer, Prince (No. 34, Mainstream Rock Songs); and Otep’s rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” (No. 39, Mainstream Rock Songs).