A five-year-old cover makes its maiden appearance atop Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart (dated March 18), as Godsmack's 2012 take on The Beatles' 1969 Billboard Hot 100 leader "Come Together" vaults in at No. 1 with 11,000 downloads sold (up from a nominal amount) in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen Music.
The catalyst for the gain? A post on rock website SocietyofRock.com spotlighting the song, which was released on the band's 2012 album Live & Inspired. The set features 13 live performances, as well as four bonus studio recordings of covers, including "Come Together." That second disc also sports a remake of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" that became a radio hit for the band, peaking at No. 5 on Mainstream Rock Songs in June 2012.
"Come Together" is Godsmack's second leader on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales. "Inside Yourself" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 12, 2015.
A 4,972 percent blast to 1.5 million U.S. streams also helps "Come Together" to a No. 11 debut on Hot Rock Songs, where it's the band's highest debut, as well its best rank since 2010's No. 5-peaking "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain."
The song's resurgence also helps the Live & Inspired album re-enter multiple charts, including Hard Rock Albums (No. 11) with 4,000 equivalent album units, of which 2,000 were pure sales; the latter number marks a 5,383 percent increase and the album's best sales week since it moved 2,000 (in its 15th week) in September 2012.
Sparked by its rising sales and streams, "Come Together" will now be promoted by Republic Records to mainstream rock radio.