Simon & Garfunkel Are Back on the Billboard Charts Thanks to Sad Ben Affleck
After the parody Youtube video of a forlorn looking Affleck (learning that his and Henry Cavill’s new movie Batman V Superman sucks) set to the sound of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” went viral, the ’60s ballad debut at No. 6 on Billboard’s April 16th-dated Hot Rock Songs chart.
The duo’s breakthrough single originally topped the Billboard hot 100 for two weeks in 1966.
“The Sound of Silence” also entered Rock Streaming Songs at No. 2 with 5.6 million U.S. streams (5.1 million from YouTube), which according to Nielsen Music is a 582 percent surge. It’s also up by 46 percent to 5,000 downloads sold, Billboard notes.
The Youtube video “Sad Affleck” has now been viewed over 21 million times. In addition, an audio-only YouTube video of “The Sound of Silence” has now been viewed more than 4.3 million times.
The song was also recently covered by the heavy metal band Disturbed, and continuing with the Sad Affleck success, the music video for their cover has now been viewed over 30 million times. The cover is currently No. 3 on the Top Rock Songs chart and No. 51 on the Hot 100 Singles chart, rising 18 spots after debuting six weeks ago.