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Desiigner's 'Panda' Leads THR's Top TV Songs Chart for October

"Panda," Desiigner
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"Panda," Desiigner

Plus, The Head and the Heart & Jackson C. Frank debut on the chart.

Desiigner’s former No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Panda” leads THR’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Shazam, for October, thanks to its appearance on ABC’s Black-ish.

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.

“Panda,” which appeared in the third episode of Black-ish’s third season on Oct. 5, led all songs in October with 29,000 Shazam tags, 29,000 downloads sold and 39 million U.S. streams in October, according to Nielsen Music.

The song, which was the 19-year-old rapper’s debut single, spent two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (both charts beginning on May 7). The song has continued to appear on the Hot 100 since peaking in May -- the song currently sits at No. 42 on the Hot 100 (dated Dec. 3).

The song appeared on Desiigner’s debut mixtape New English, which was released June 26.

Elsewhere on the Top TV Songs chart, indie folk group The Head and the Heart finishes at No. 5 with “All We Ever Knew.” The song earns its spot thanks to its appearance in the season 2 premiere of ABC’s The Real O’Neals on Oct. 11. The song tallied 49,000 Shazam tags, 7,000 downloads sold and 1.8 million U.S. streams in October.

The song, which appeared on the band’s third studio album, Sign of Light, spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart beginning on Aug. 6 and reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and No. 13 on the Hot Rock Songs chart (charts dated Nov. 26).

Additionally, folk singer Jackson C. Frank -- who died in 1999 -- opens on the chart with “Blues Run the Game.” The song appeared in the third episode of NBC’s new show This Is Us on Oct. 11. The song earned 30,000 Shazam tags, 1,000 downloads sold and 60,000 streams in October, according to Nielsen Music. Of those 1,000 downloads, 500 occurred in the first tracking week after the episode aired (tracking week ending Oct. 13), marking a 100 percent increase from the previous week.

“Blues Run the Game” is, by a long shot, the oldest song on this month’s TV Songs chart. The song appeared on Frank’s self-titled debut album in 1965 and was produced by Paul Simon. Though it never appeared on a Billboard chart, the song has been covered by a multitude of artists, including Simon & Garfunkel and Nick Drake. Frank died of pneumonia in 1999 and never released a second album.

Here is the full Top TV Songs chart for October:

Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)

1. "Panda,” Desiigner, Black-ish (ABC)
2. “Cake By the Ocean,” DNCE, Mary + Jane (MTV)
3. “Oui,” Jeremih, Atlanta (FX)
4. “One Call Away,” Charlie Puth, Mary + Jane (MTV)
5. “All That We Ever Knew,” The Head and the Heart, The Real O’Neals (ABC)
6. “Tear in My Heart,” Twenty One Pilots, No Tomorrow (CW)
7. “Electric Love,” Borns, The Flash (CW)
8. “Blues Run the Game,” Jackson C. Frank, This Is Us (NBC)
9. “Feel No Ways,” Drake, Insecure (HBO)
10. “I Love This Life,” Locash, Bull (CBS)