Two decades after its initial release, Papa Roach’s “Last Resort” is back at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, albeit with a new sound.
“Last Resort (Reloaded),” released in celebration of the original’s 20th anniversary and with Jeris Johnson on vocals alongside usual frontman Jacoby Shaddix, jumps 19-1 on the multimetric Hot Hard Rock Songs list dated Feb. 13, following its first full sales and streaming tracking week.
In the week ending Feb. 4, “Last Resort (Reloaded)” earned 1.3 million U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads, according to MRC Data. It leaps 4-1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, marking Papa Roach’s first No. 1 on the tally, which began in 2011. The band previously peaked at a No. 2 best with “Help” in March 2017.
It’s also the group’s, and Johnson’s, first Hot Hard Rock Songs leader since the chart debuted in June 2020. Papa Roach’s current radio single, “The Ending,” concurrently reaches a new No. 17 high.
The original “Last Resort” led Alternative Airplay for seven weeks beginning in August 2000. The rap-rock tune kicked off a career for Papa Roach that encompasses 17 entries on Alternative Airplay and 31 on Mainstream Rock Airplay, including five No. 1s on the latter. The latest, “Come Around,” led in December 2019.
Johnson has experienced early success with his own song “Damn!,” which has so far reached No. 44 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. (An alternate version of “Damn!” features another 2000s rock stalwart in Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.) “Last Resort (Reloaded)” is Johnson’s second entry on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, where it begins at No. 27. It’s Papa Roach’s 15th chart title to make the survey (dating to its 2009 launch), a total that includes three top 10s.