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Ghost’s “Mary on a Cross” Cracks Billboard Hot 100 After Going Viral on TikTok

Marking the band's first-ever Top 100 single

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Ghost, photo by Johnny Perilla

    Ghost’s track “Mary on a Cross” has made the Billboard Hot 100 after going viral on TikTok.

    The song was the B-side on the Seven Inches of Satanic Panic release in 2019. It’s unlikely debut on the latest edition of Billboard’s overall song chart comes thanks in large part to 6 million US streams during the week of September 9th through 15. This follows the song’s Top 40 placement in the UK last month.

    It all started when a TikTok user took a slowed-down version of the song to soundtrack a clip from Stranger Things. Now the hashtag #maryonthecross has roughly 800 million views and the song has been used in over 10,000 TikTok videos.

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    Ghost themselves even released an official slowed-down “chopped and screwed” version with added reverb. It hit digital platforms on August 26th.

    While “Mary on a Cross” is the first Ghost song to break into the Billboard Hot 100, the band has appeared numerous times on the album chart. Six Ghost LPs/EPs have charted on the Billboard 200: Infestissumam (No. 28, 2013); If You Have Ghost EP (No. 87, 2013); Meliora (No. 8, 2015); Popestar EP (No. 16, 2016); Prequelle (No. 3, 2018); and IMPERA (No. 2, 2022).

    The TikTok fame rounds out a strong 2022 campaign for Ghost, who released their highly anticipated fifth studio album IMPERA back in March. The Swedish band is currently wrapping up a North American tour, which Heavy Consequence caught when it stopped at New York’s UBS Arena with Mastodon and Spiritbox. Only two dates remain, with tickets available here.

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    Below you check out the slowed-down version of “Mary on a Cross” and the original TikTok that caused the song to go viral.

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    ♬ Mary On A Cross – Ghost

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