They are now closing in on the band Three Days Grace who are only slightly ahead but are leaders with 15 number-ones over the chart’s 38-year history.
For Shinedown, “MONSTERS” is following in the footsteps of their previous single from the same album, “GET UP.” “MONSTERS” was written about bassist Eric Bass’ battle with depression, and also touches on the band’s frontman Brent Smith’s fight with drug addiction.
Smith tells ABC Radio: “I think that ‘MONSTERS’ is a song that allows people to understand that their monsters are gonna be specific to them,” adding: “For me, it was substance abuse, and I deal with that on a daily basis.”
Smith talked about the album ATTENTION ATTENTION as a “reflection” of all four Shinedown members and explained that tracks like “MONSTERS” and “GET UP” tell personal stories of their own lives, but might also show fans that they’re not alone in whatever they’re dealing with.
“There is a triumph inside of ‘GET UP’ — there is a tomorrow,” Smith says. “There is a moment where you can look at yourself in the mirror and go, ‘It’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be tough, but it’s gonna be OK.'”
“And inside of ‘MONSTERS,’ we wanted to make sure that the audience understood that sometimes you have to deal with scary things inside your own head.”