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Rihanna's 'Love on the Brain' Leads Top TV Songs Chart Thanks to 'Grey's Anatomy'

Paolo Reversi
Rihanna photographed in 2016.

Rihanna rules the Top TV Songs chart, thanks to a Grey's Anatomy synch for her song "Love on the Brain."

The track, which was featured in the May 19 finale of the long-running ABC medical drama's 12th season, crowns the chart, powered by its 40,000 Shazam tags in May. Additionally, the track moved 45,000 downloads and drew 8.1 million U.S. streams during the month, according to Nielsen Music. Notably, 30,000 of those downloads occurred in the first full tracking week after the finale aired, marking a 743 percent gain from the previous week, when it sold 4,000.

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.

At No. 2 on Top TV Songs, Seinabo Sey arrives with "Still," featured on the season-five finale of Fox's New Girl on May 9. The track received 36,000 Shazam tags, sold 4,000 downloads and logged 257,000 streams in May. The Swede's song, from her 2015 debut album Pretend, rose to 2,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending May 12, a staggering increase of 32,520 percent in sales from the previous week, when it sold a negligible amount.

No. 3 on Top TV Songs belongs to Pusha T's "Pain," featuring Future, which snagged 34,000 Shazam tags after its appearance in the fourth episode of the third season of HBO's Silicon Valley on May 14. The track also moved 1,000 downloads and drew 310,000 streams in May; nearly all the May sales for the cut, from the rapper's 2013 debut studio album My Name Is My Name, occurred in the week ending May 19, after the episode aired.

Here is the full Top TV Songs chart for May:

Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)

1. "Love on the Brain," Rihanna, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

2. "Still," Seinabo Sey, New Girl (FOX)

3. "Pain," Pusha T feat. Future, Silicon Valley (HBO)

4. "Rise Up," Andra Day, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

5. "Pray You Catch Me," Beyonce, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

6. "Where's My Love," SYML, The Originals (The CW)

7. "River of Tears," Alessia Cara, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

8. "Changes," Langhorne Slim & The Law, New Girl (FOX)

9. "Poison," Bell Biv DeVoe, Silicon Valley (HBO)

10. "Better," Regina Spektor, The Good Wife (CBS)