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Ghost’s ‘Mary on a Cross’ Rides TikTok Trend to No. 1 on Hard Rock Streaming Songs Chart

The band claims its first leader on a Billboard streaming survey.

Swedish rockers Ghost earn their first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Streaming Songs chart, as “Mary on a Cross” crowns the list dated Sept. 3.

In the Aug. 19-25 tracking period, the song vaulted by 48% to 4.9 million official U.S. streams, according to Luminate.

Originally released as part of a two-song single in 2019 (longside “Kiss the Go-Goat”, “Cross” has been revitalized in recent weeks due to a trend using both the original and an altered version of the song on TikTok.

“Cross” also debuts at No. 11 on Rock Streaming Songs.


Concurrently, the track ranks at No. 13 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with 1,000 downloads sold (also up 48%). It originally hit No. 2 in 2019.

The track additionally tops both the LyricFind U.S. and LyricFind Global surveys for a third straight week.

Globally, “Cross” debuts at Nos. 102 and 158 on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. rankings, respectively.

“Cross” is not currently being promoted as a radio single. In March, Ghost released its latest album, Impera, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums and No. 2, the band’s best rank, on the Billboard 200. The set’s third single, “Spillways,” lifts into the top 20 on Mainstream Rock Airplay (22-20); it follows two No. 1s: “Call Me Little Sunshine,” for two weeks in May, and “Hunter’s Moon” (one, January).