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‘Captain Marvel’ ’90s Songs Leap in Sales & Streams Following Film’s Premiere

Nirvana's "Come as You Are" and No Doubt's "Just a Girl" lead the way.

Two ’90s classics featured in Captain Marvel reach Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart, dated May 23, after the film premiered in the U.S. March 8.

Nirvana‘s “Come as You Are” leads the arrivals, entering at No. 11 with a 267 percent blast to 2,000 downloads sold and a 30 percent boost to 2.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 14, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s joined by No Doubt‘s “Just a Girl,” new at No. 19, with 1.2 million streams (up 92 percent) and 2,000 sold (up 590 percent). Older titles are eligible for Hot Rock Songs if ranking in the top 25 and showing a meaningful reason for their gains.


Both tracks predate Hot Rock Songs (which began in 2009) but were major hits in their time, with “Come as You Are” reaching No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1992 and “Just a Girl” hitting at No. 23 in 1996.

The songs also reach Alternative Digital Song Sales (at Nos. 17 and 13, respectively), along with fellow Captain Marvel-featured tracks “Celebrity Skin” by Hole (No. 12; 3,000 sold) and Garbage‘s “Only Happy When It Rains” (No. 24; 2,000).

In all, music featured in the film, a list that also includes Elastica‘s “Connection,” Salt-N-Pepa‘s “Whatta Man” and R.E.M.‘s “Man on the Moon,” among others, jump by 343 percent to 15,000 downloads sold, while on-demand U.S. streams climb 47 percent to 7.8 million.

None of these songs appears on the Captain Marvel soundtrack, which exclusively contains the Pinar Toprak-composed score.