The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' Leads Top TV Commercials Chart for December
Gayla Peevey & Perfume Genius also debut on the chart.
There’s a new No. 1 on Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam, for the second straight month, as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” leads the tally.
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.
The iconic rock anthem, which hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart in 2003, leads the December chart after its appearance in Beats by Dre’s “Be Heard” commercial. The song replaces Anderson .Paak’s “Am I Wrong?” featuring ScHoolboy Q, which appeared in Google’s “Joy Ride by You, Phone by Google” ad.
“Seven Nation Army,” recognized by its bluesy bass guitar riff, leads all songs with 33,000 Shazam tags, 40,000 downloads sold and 9.6 million U.S. streams tallied during the month of December, according to Nielsen Music.
The track -- a staple at political protests and soccer stadiums around the world -- was featured on The White Stripes’ fourth studio album Elephant in 2003 and won best rock song at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
Elsewhere on the Top TV Commercials chart, Gayla Peevey’s classic Christmas tune “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” debuts at No. 2 after appearing in the United States Postal Service’s “Hippo” ad.
The commercial helps the song earn 21,000 Shazam tags, 30,000 downloads sold and 10 million U.S. streams in December, according to Nielsen Music.
The song stands out as the oldest song on the December list, as it was recorded in 1953 when Peevey was just 10 years old. The song appears annually on Billboard’s Holiday 100 chart, as radio airplay, streams and sales spike during the holidays. The song peaked at No. 24 on Billboard’s Pop Charts in 1953 and at No. 25 on the Holiday 100 in 2012.
Though “Hippopotamus” might be Peevey’s most recognizable song, the former child star also appeared on the Hot 100 in 1960 with “My Little Marine” under the pseudonym Jamie Horton.
Perfume Genius also debuts on the December tally as “Normal Song” lands at No. 9. The tune, featured in Toyota’s “Right Light” ad, earns 31,000 Shazam tags, 7,000 downloads sold and 248,000 U.S. streams in December.
The track had its biggest week in the frame ending Dec. 15 when the song logged 50,000 streams, an 87 percent increase from the week prior, and sold 1,800 downloads, a 99 percent increase from its previous week. The song was featured on Perfume Genius’ second studio album Put Your Back N 2 It in 2012.