Hozier Leads Hollywood Reporter's Top TV Songs Chart for March, Thanks to 'Walking Dead' Synch
Meanwhile, HBO's "Girls" is responsible for half of the survey's 10 spots.
When Hozier's "Arsonist's Lullabye" was featured in the March 6 episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, it broke a Shazam record, drawing more than 195,000 global queries for the song during and after the episode aired.
Now, the track adds another honor, crowning THR's Top TV Songs chart for March after adding to that total, logging 305,000 tags in all through the end of March.
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.
Along with its 305,000 Shazam tags, "Lullabye" garnered 21,000 downloads and 1.4 million U.S. streams in March, according to Nielsen Music. The song sold 9,000 downloads in the first tracking week after the episode aired (ending March 10), marking a 3,074 percent gain in sales and its best sales week.
Two other cuts featured in The Walking Dead make the 10-position Top TV Songs chart for March, chief among them Johnny Cash's "It's All Over." The song aired during the series' March 27 episode and debuts at No. 3 with 80,000 tags, 3,000 downloads and 98,000 domestic streams by month's end. Conversely, in the tracking week (ending March 24) before the episode's premiere, the song, which first appeared on Cash's 1978 Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, sold a negligible amount.
HBO's GIRLS continues its string of success on the Top TV Songs chart since the show's fifth season premiered last month, sparking half of the chart's top 10 titles for March. BORNS' "Past Lives" leads the way at No. 2 after appearing in the March 6 episode, racking 94,000 Shazam tags, 10,000 downloads and 1.5 million streams for the month. In February, Girls spurred two entries on the chart, led by Lord Huron's "Fool for Love" at No. 1.
The newly rebranded Freeform TV channel (formerly ABC Family) launches a title onto the March Top TV Songs chart after the March 29 Shadowhunters episode featured Ruelle's "War of Hearts." The song ranks at No. 10 with 39,000 tags, 2,000 downloads and 329,000 streams for the month. Ruelle (real name: Maggie Eckford) is enjoying quite the connection to the fantasy show (based on the popular young adult book series The Mortal Instruments): She also performs its theme, "This Is the Hunt."
Here is the full Top TV Songs chart for March:
Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)
1, "Arsonist's Lullabye," Hozier, The Walking Dead (AMC)
2, "Past Lives," BORNS, GIRLS (HBO)
3, "It's All Over," Johnny Cash, The Walking Dead (AMC)
4, "iT," Christine and the Queens, GIRLS (HBO)
5, "Here's to Us," Ellie Goulding, GIRLS (HBO)
6, "Back Together," Jill Scott, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
7, "Tied Up," Casey Veggies feat. DeJ Loaf, GIRLS (HBO)
8, "Life on Mars?," AURORA, GIRLS (HBO)
9, "Weeds or Wildflowers," Parsonsfield, The Walking Dead (AMC)
10, "War of Hearts," Ruelle, Shadowhunters (Freeform)