Billboard & Clio Music's TV Commercials: Stevie Wonder & Andra Day Surge to No. 1
The new version of Wonder’s 1967 Christmas song was featured in an Apple ad for the holidays.
For the second year in a row, the December edition of Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials chart, Powered by Shazam, has, understandably so, a holiday theme.
After the December 2014 chart featured Kevin Ross' "This Is My Wish" -- written for Glade's sparkling spruce Christmas ad -- at No. 1, the December 2015 edition is topped by Stevie Wonder and Andra Day's version of "Someday at Christmas."
Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music, Billboard partners with Clio Music each month to present a chart ranking the top songs in commercials. Rankings exclude any song that has recently charted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
"Someday at Christmas," originally released on Wonder's 1967 Christmas album of the same name and updated as a duet as the soundtrack to Apple's commercial, earns the No. 1 spot on the December Top Commercials chart with 146,000 total Shazam tags, more than double the number of its closest competitor on the ranking (and up from 132,000 for November). Sales of the original spiked to 42,000 digital downloads in December, according to Nielsen Music, up from 22,000 in November, when it debuted at No. 2 on Top Commercials.
Tracy Morgan appeared in a series of Beats commercials for the holidays, each ad's end given an exclamation point courtesy of Drake & Future's "Big Rings," which debuts at No. 3 with 29,000 Shazam tags. The clips' December premieres sparked 76,000 digital downloads for the month, twice as much as November's 38,000. The song also increased in domestic streams, from 11.4 million clicks to 15.4 million.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard recorded "Bigger Than Us" under the name Dame DOLLA, and its inclusion in a JBL commercial starring the Golden State Warriors' Stephen ("Steph") Curry helps it find its way to No. 5 on Top Commercials, having been tagged 25,000 times on Shazam in December. The Paul Rey-assisted track was made available for digital purchase Dec. 23.