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Ozzy And Elton's ''Ordinary Man'' Debut

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Billboard says that Ordinary Man is an ironic song title for the Rocket Man given that the new track grants him a record on the publication's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Ozzy Osbourne's ballad, featuring Elton, bows at No. 34 on the airplay tally dated February 29, marking the first time that the former Reg Dwight has appeared on the survey in over 27 years.

The last time he made the tally was in September 1992, when his duet with Eric Clapton, Runaway Train, rolled to No. 10.

Elton sets the record for the longest break between Mainstream Rock Songs appearances in the chart's 39-year history.

Longest Gaps Between Mainstream Rock Songs Entries
27 years, five months, Elton John (1992-2020)
25 years, 11 months, three weeks, Brian May (1993-2019)
23 years, four months, three weeks, Charlie Daniels (1987-2011)
22 years, 11 months, three weeks, Alice Cooper (1991-2014)
21 years, nine months, two weeks, David Gilmour (1984-2006)

Elton tallied five top 20 hits on Mainstream Rock Songs from the chart's 1981 inception through 1992, with Runaway Train marking his lone top No. 10. During that span, he posted 17 top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 19 on Adult Contemporary.

Osbourne, meanwhile, is charting three songs simultaneously on Mainstream Rock Songs. Alongside "Ordinary Man," "Under the Graveyard" descends 5-7 after spending six weeks at No. 1 in December and January and follow-up "Straight to Hell" dips 16-18.

Ordinary Man is the title track from Osbourne's 12th solo studio album, which was released Feb. 21st, and is expected to bow in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 dated March 7.

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