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Alternative Songs is a record chart that ranks the most-played songs on American modern rock radio stations. Published by the music industry magazine Billboard and introduced in September 1988, the chart is based on electronically monitored airplay data compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems from approximately 80 national rock radio stations. Songs are ranked by a calculation of its total number of radio spins per week and its "audience impression", which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Arbitron listener data. The chart was known as Modern Rock Tracks until June 2009, when it was renamed Alternative Songs in order to "better [reflect] the descriptor used among those in the [modern rock radio] format."
106 singles topped the chart in the 2000s; the first was "All the Small Things" by American rock band Blink-182, while the last was "Uprising" by English rock band Muse. "The Pretender" by American rock band Foo Fighters spent eighteen weeks at number one on the chart from September to December 2007—the most for any single during the decade—and broke a record which was previously set by "Scar Tissue" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1999 and later tied by "It's Been Awhile" by Staind and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.
The overall top single of the 2000s on Billboard's Alternative Songs decade-end list was "Headstrong" by American rock band Trapt, which originally topped the chart for three weeks and was also the number-one alternative single of 2003. The decade-end top alternative artist was Linkin Park, who scored eight number-one singles—"In the End", "Somewhere I Belong", "Faint", "Numb", "Lying from You", "Breaking the Habit", "What I've Done" and "New Divide"—and spent a record sixty-two weeks atop the chart during the 2000s.