TV and film syncs were kind to rock bands in 2017, with multiple acts scoring big gains on sales, streaming and radio airplay platforms following appearances in some of the biggest shows and movies of the year.
That’s according to Tunefind, a music discovery website that helps users determine the songs and artists used in a given TV show or film. Tunefind, which partners with Billboard on the monthly Top TV Songs chart along with Shazam, has revealed its year-end data for 2017, ranking the top songs, shows, movies and more based on traffic and interaction on the Tunefind website.
And no individual artist was more popular in 2017 than Kaleo, who ranks at No. 1 on the Top Artist list. The rockers’ “Way Down We Go,” a No. 1 song on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart for two weeks in August 2016, continued to be a popular sync in 2017, appearing in Riverdale, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf and more. Other tracks from the band also popped up from time to time, including “All the Pretty Girls” (The Vampire Diaries) and “Hot Blood” (The Vampire Diaries, Lucifer).
Meanwhile, the top song of 2017? Lord Huron’s “The Night We Met.” The song, originally released in 2015, found new life after appearing in the fifth episode of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. That renewed attention led to the song being pushed as a single to radio, eventually peaking at Nos. 7 and 23 on the Adult Alternative Songs and Alternative Songs airplay earlier this year, respectively.
On an overall TV show and film front, Grey’s Anatomy, the long-running ABC medical drama that’s been at the forefront of musical montages (and, as a result, musical discovery on TV) since its inception in 2005, continued to break new songs and artists to its viewers in the midst of its 14th season. But Riverdale, the top new show for 2017, could be a future challenger to the throne, ranking at No. 6 among all TV shows in 2017, according to Tunefind.
Meanwhile, Baby Driver was chief among movies in 2017, little surprise to anyone who watched the Edgar Wright-directed flick, which weaves music syncs into its scenes to the point that the acting and choreography often takes cues from whatever song is playing in that moment. The movie’s soundtrack, which peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 (July 22), included appearances from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Beck, Sam & Dave and more — 30 songs in all.
Check out the full ranking for 2017, per Tunefind, below.
Top Songs of 2017
1. Lord Huron, “The Night We Met” (13 Reasons Why, S1E5)
2. MILCK, “The World Is Unraveling” (Lucifer, S2E18)
3. Julia Michaels, “How Do We Get Back to Love” (Girls, S6E9)
4. Alberto Rosende, “Fragile World” (Shadowhunters, S2E13)
5. Aston Merrygold, “Trudy” (Grey’s Anatomy, S13E19)
6. WESLEE, “Boy Like You” (Grey’s Anatomy, S13E21)
7. You Me at Six, “Take on the World” (The Vampire Diaries, S8E16)
8. Erin McCarley, “I Won’t Let You Down” (The Good Doctor, S1E6)
9. Klergy & Valerie Broussard, “Start a War” (Riverdale, S2E1)
10. Jorja Smith, “February 3rd” (Insecure, S2E1)
Top TV Shows
1. Grey’s Anatomy
7. Pretty Little Liars
9. Teen Wolf
10. Rick and Morty
Top New TV Shows
2. ?13 Reasons Why
3. Big Little Lies
4. The Handmaid’s Tale
9. The Bold Type
10. Dear White People
1. Baby Driver
3. Atomic Blonde
4. Thor: Ragnarok
5. Power Rangers
6. Why Him?
7. All Eyez on Me
8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
10. Before I Fall
3. Friends in Paris
4. Sleeping at Last
5. Rag’n’Bone Man
6. Jimmy Urine
7. Imagine Dragons
8. The Collapsable Hearts Club
9. Ramin Djawadi
10. Ingrid Michaelson