When we hear that initial cord that strikes us directly through the heart, music has a magical ability to make us laugh, cry, scream, and completely melt. On the other hand, specific songs that are included in a film's soundtrack evoke the same emotion in all of us. Take, for instance, Nirvana's "Something in the Way" from The Batman and Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" from Fight Club.
Regardless, there is something remarkable and captivating about a particular song that helps to craft the episode's significance and resonance with music-loving viewers all over the world. In fact, many of these songs were first heard of thanks to its participation in a special television program. Here are the seven greatest songs that went viral thanks to a television program.
"Chasing Cars" from Grey's Anatomy
It is no surprise that Grey's Anatomy will be included on this list. Over the years, showrunners have utilized a fair amount of heart-stopping songs that have helped in a given moment's intensity or emotion. In 2006, Snow Patrol's song became a household hit and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Baby Blue" is a remake of Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. Eventually, the series rekindled its popularity with Badfinger's "Baby Blue," which was reprised during the ever-popular series finale, which ended with Walt suffering a gunshot wound. Now, ten years later, the song continues to strike a powerful chord, just like it did back in 2013.
"I Think We're Alone Now," says the Umbrella Academy.
It would be a travesty to exclude The Umbrella Academy from Netflix's top 10 most profitable and popular shows. The series got off to a great start by including Tiffany's 'I Think We're Alone Now' in the very first episode, establishing a strong sense of teenage rebellion and divine unity among its main characters.
"Don't Stop Believin'," says the Sopranos.
The song 'Don't Stop Believin', from Journey's iconic anthem, is surely one of the most popular entertainment songs. From a smash hit by the Glee cast to numerous commercial roles, the aforementioned song is simply too hard to ignore. Furthermore, the song's popularity grew tenfold when it was played during the closing minutes of HBO's The Sopranos episode.
Wednesday — "Goo Goo Muck"
It would be a mistake to exclude Tim Burton's supernatural phenomenon Wednesday from this list. Among the show's many successes, The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck" was the inclusion of the song in numerous popular TikTok videos and made into an interactive dance. Moreover, Wednesday's impact helped the song reach over 2 million views and broken the Billboard charts.
The Last of Us — "Long Long Time"
One of HBO's ever-popular series The Last of Us had a tear-jerking moment in all of television. The aforementioned episode, which temporarily deviated from the show's original narrative, included Linda Ronstadt's song in the most heartbreaking of ways. Within minutes, Ronstadt's song saw a 11% increase in downloads and streaming, and now, the song is number 6 on the Hot Trending Songs chart.
"Running Up That Hill" is a fourth installment of Stranger Things.
The true winning hymn came in the form of Kate Bush's iconic ‘80s song 'Running Up That Hill,' which was included in the massive season as Max Mayfield's (Sadie Sink) favorite song on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the song has yet to sag in its divine popularity.