Empire of the Sun's 'Dream' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard & Clio's Top TV Commercials Chart

David Homer
Empire of the Sun

"Walking on a Dream" rules the July survey after previously leading January through April.

Empire of the Sun's "Walking on a Dream" continues to be an inescapable force in the world of TV commercials in 2016, as the track returns to No. 1 on Billboard & Clio's Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam, for July.

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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.

"Dream," from Honda's "The Dreamer" ad, premiered in late December, rises 2-1 on the monthly chart after spending May and June blocked by Fitz & the Tantrums' "HandClap." Previously, "Dream" ranked at No. 1 each month from January through April.


"Dream" earns the No. 1 spot on the strength of 63,000 Shazam tags in July, plus 9,000 digital downloads and 6 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.

Special K spurs two placements on the 15-song chart, led by its "Feel This Special" commercial, soundtracked by Icona Pop's "I Love It," featuring Charli XCX. The song debuts at No. 5, garnering 40,000 tags, 5,000 downloads and 2.9 million streams for July. Additionally, thanks to its "Devour" ad, a cover of Ritchie Valens' "Come On, Let's Go" by Girl in a Coma, bows at No. 9 primarily on the strength of 45,000 Shazam tags.

Additionally, sparked by the Ghostbusters film reboot, which premiered in theaters July 15, the 1984 original movie's theme, performed by Ray Parker Jr., floats in at No. 6 after its appearance in an ad for Progressive, which deemed itself the "Official Insurance of Ghostbusters." Along with 11,000 Shazam tags, the track was a big seller in July, with 18,000 overall downloads, and scared up 8.4 million streams.


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