DNCE's 'Cake by the Ocean' Dances to No. 1 on THR's Top TV Songs Chart

Steven Taylor


The song was featured in America’s Got Talent on Aug. 23.

DNCE leads THR’s Top TV Songs chart for August with its hit song “Cake by the Ocean,” thanks to a synch on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on cumulative monthly Shazam tags, as well as sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music during the same period.

“Cake by the Ocean,” which was featured on America’s Got Talent on Aug. 23, leads with 34,000 Shazam tags in August, as well as 13.4 million U.S. streams and 60,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Music. Of those downloads, 16,000 occurred in the first tracking week after the episode aired (tracking week ending Sept. 1), marking a 125 percent gain from the previous week.  

The song was featured in a ballroom dance performance by mother-son duo Alla and Daniel Novikov. The pair was eliminated from the competition at the end of the episode. “Cake” originally peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the March 12-dated chart.

“Rise Up” by Andra Day lands at No. 3 thanks to another dance performance—this time in So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. The track earns its spot with 14,000 Shazam tags, 4.2 million U.S. streams and 25,000 downloads in August. The song was featured in a contemporary dance performance by contestant Tate McRae and professional dancer and actress Kathryn McCormick.

Additionally, Gloria Gaynor lands at No. 8 with “I Will Survive.” The song was featured in the seventh episode of HBO’s new hit miniseries The Night Of, which first aired that penultimate installment on August 21. The song earns its spot with 4,000 Shazam tags, 2.2 million U.S. streams and 5,000 downloads in August.

Other than its regular appearances on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart, “I Will Survive” hadn’t placed on a Billboard chart since 1979, when it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance Club Songs chart (charts dated March 10 and Jan. 27, respectively). The song also peaked at No. 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart the same year (chart dated March 17).

Here is the full Top TV Songs chart for August:

Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)

1. “Cake By The Ocean,” DNCE, America’s Got Talent (NBC)

2. “No,” Meghan Trainor, Superstore (NBC)

3. “Rise Up,” Andra Day, So You Think You Can Dance? (Fox)

4. “New Level,” A$AP Ferg feat. Future, Ballers (HBO)

5. “Circles,” MDWS, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

6. “Thought It Was A Drought,” Future, Ballers (HBO)

7. “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor, The Night Of (HBO)

8. “End Of The Affair,” Ben Howard, Power (Starz)

9. “Hard As Nails,” Peter Wolf Crier, Fear The Walking Dead (AMC)

10. "In Too Deep,” The Sweeplings, Pretty Little Liars (Freeform)


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