In 1971, Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone” became the singer’s third entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and his first in the top 40. Nearly five decades later, the song is back on a chart, leading The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind, for January 2019 thanks to its appearance in an episode of Sex Education.
Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on song and show data provided by Tunefind and ranked using a formula blending that data with sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music during the corresponding period.
Green’s track, which peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 dated Nov. 6, 1971, appears in the seventh episode of Netflix’s Sex Education, which premiered Jan. 11.
In all, it racked up 1,000 downloads in January 2019 and snagged 1.9 million streams, according to Nielsen Music. In particular, the tune saw a 116 percent bump in sales week over week following the episode’s release.
Sex Education didn’t just take the top spot of the January 2019 chart, though. The show appears two other times, with Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” from the series premiere coming in at No. 3 (1,000 downloads, 752,000 streams) and Billy Ocean’s “Love Really Hurts Without You” from episode four ranking at No. 7 (1,000 downloads, 463,000 streams). All other shows appeared just once on the latest ranking.
See below for the full 10-position chart, featuring music from shows such as The Good Doctor, True Detective, Siren and more.
Rank, Title, Artist, TV Show (Network)
1. "Tired of Being Alone," Al Green, Sex Education (Netflix)
2. "Down (feat. Trella)," Simon, Siren (Freeform)
3. "Mannish Boy," Muddy Waters, Sex Education (Netflix)
4. "Love Like Ghosts," Lord Huron, Shameless (Showtime)
5. "The Woods," The White Buffalo, Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix)
6. "Sense of Home," Harrison Storm, This Is Us (NBC)
7. "Love Really Hurts Without You," Billy Ocean, Sex Education (Netflix)
8. "Hard Times (feat. Congratulationz)," Vision Vision, The Blacklist (NBC)
9. "Hold On," Bishop Briggs, The Good Doctor (ABC)
10. "Just Dropped In," Mickey Newbury, True Detective (HBO)