Calling My Chemical Romance a cultural phenomenon is not an incorrect statement. Their discography, which garnered them popularity in what we know as the Myspace era, made them stars in relatively short order in the new millennium’s first decade. A cult following they do indeed have.
The band’s The Black Parade album made them superstars in 2006, and while it was their songwriting acumen first and foremost that brought them the adoration of millions, it was also their influences being brought to the forefront – namely Queen, Bowie, and the like – that helped make My Chemical Romance a household name. The band continues to rack up accolades the huge sales numbers, as well – and now more than one MCR song has reached a new level of popularity. “Famous Last Words” is just one of them.
Fittingly, the song – which was released off the band’s The Black Parade album in October of 2006 – has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million units. In fact, the song joins a staggering SIX other MCR singles in new RIAA certifications, including “Teenagers” (4x Platinum) and the album’s title track (5x Platinum). The streaming generation has certainly helped, with the songs’ additions on many a Spotify playlist, but even so this felt inevitable for a lot of these tracks.
— chart data (@chartdata) October 21, 2021