In early December, EW’s own Tim Stack predicted that New York rock trio fun. was about to have a major moment, thanks to a special episode-ending performance on Glee of their relatively unknown song “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae.
And our psychic friend was right! The song instantly topped the iTunes chart and bubbled around in the lower half of the Hot 100 for a few weeks. But few prognosticators could have predicted that the band would have a week like this.
In the first full frame since the Super Bowl, during which Chevrolet premiered a well-received Sonic commercial (watch it below) that prominently uses “We Are Young,” the song jumped from No. 41 all the way to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The youth anthem led the digital sales chart with 296,000 downloads (a 338 percent increase) – the best week-long tally of any song this year.
Between this and Kelly Clarkson’s Camry ad boost, it seems like car commercials are the new secret to Hot 100 domination:
Still, fun.’s phenomenal climb wasn’t quite enough to displace pop powerhouses Kelly Clarkson and Adele, whose singles “Stronger” and “Set Fire to the Rain” stay put at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
LMFAO are also riding high thanks to the Super Bowl and Glee – after a cameo during Madonna’s halftime show (Madge’s new single broke into the Top 10 this week) and a Ricky Martin-infused performance of “Sexy and I Know It” on Glee, the track ticked up from no. 9 to no. 4 this week.
Further down the chart, Whitney Houston’s most iconic ballad, “I Will Always Love You,” raced back into the Top 10 following her death. The Dolly Parton-penned tune was downloaded 195,000 times through Sunday night, just one day after news broke of her passing – meaning her songs may climb even higher next week.
Check out the full Top 10 below:
1. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
2. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
3. fun. featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
4. LMFAO, “Sexy And I Know It”
5. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
6. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
7. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
8. David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
9. Tyga, “Rack City.”
10. Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., “Give Me All Your Luvin”
More on EW.com:
Meet fun., the NYC indie band who sings ‘We Are Young’
Album sales: Adele gets Grammy boost, Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Hits’ at No. 6
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ hits No. 1 following Super Bowl, ubiquitous Camry ad