Protest & Social Justice Songs Reign on LyricFind U.S. Chart, Led By Buffalo Springfield

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Buffalo Springfield

24 of the chart’s 25 positions are made up of titles seeing gains related to worldwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Of the 25 songs on Billboard’s LyricFind U.S. chart dated June 13, 24 follow a common general theme, relating to the protests worldwide stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries and usages globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries, including the U.S. The company is the world's leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 5,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. The latest tracking week ended June 4.

The latest LyricFind U.S. list largely features songs whose lyrics relate in some way to social justice, protests, calls for togetherness or a combination thereof. Leading the way: Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound),” which bows at No. 1.

According to LyricFind, “For What It’s Worth” saw a 211% increase in lyric views in the days since worldwide protests and calls for action began, with its peak coming on June 2, known as Blackout Tuesday across many industries.

System of a Down’s “Deer Dance,” a non-single from the hard rock band’s 2001 album Toxicity that references protests amid the 2000 Democratic National Convention, ranks at No. 2, garnering an even higher boost in lyric views – a 1,232% gain, with its peak also coming on Blackout Tuesday.

The Youngbloods’ “Get Together,” Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” and The Wailers’ “Burnin’ & Lootin’” round out the top five.

The only unrelated title on the latest list? Sweet’s “Blockbuster,” which bows at No. 11. The song debuts due to renewed interest in the band’s material after the death of bassist and vocalist Steve Priest on June 4 at age 72.

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