Machine Gun Kelly‘s Tickets to My Downfall continues to disprove its name.
The Travis Barker-produced record, which dropped last September, is the biggest rock album of this year so far. That’s according to MRC Data, which combined traditional album sales, individual track downloads and on-demand streams to determine the top rock record at 2021’s midpoint.
While Tickets is nearly a year old at this point, the rest of 2021’s biggest rock albums are even older. Queen‘s Greatest Hits is number two on the list, followed by Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, Elton John‘s Diamonds and Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits.
In terms of just pure album sales, Foo Fighters‘ Medicine at Midnight takes the cake for rock. Among all genres, Medicine is the ninth-best-selling album so far this year.
Meanwhile, Glass Animals‘ “Heat Waves” is the top rock song of 2021, measured by a combination of song sales and streams. MGK’s blackbear collaboration “My Ex’s Best Friend” takes the runner-up spot, followed by Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams,” AJR‘s “Bang!” and The Neighbourhood‘s “Sweater Weather.”
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