The Last Of Us Episode 3 Helps Song From 1970 Explode 4,900% In Spotify Streams


Sunday night’s new episode of The Last of Us was memorable for a number of reasons, one of which was its use of the Linda Ronstadt song “Long Long Time,” which was also the name of the episode. The song, which was originally released in 1970, saw a massive uptick in Spotify streams on Sunday night.

According to Spotify, the song saw a more than 4,900% increase in streams in the US on January 29 between 11 PM and midnight ET, following the episode’s airing. The increase is compared to the week prior. Spotify did not, however, announce exactly how many streams the song had last week or this week during the growth period. In any event, clearly people watched The Last of Us and then listened to the song, not unlike how Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” saw an explosion in popularity after being featured in the newest season of Stranger Things.

Spoilers for The Last of Us episode three follow below.

That’s a lot of streams

The “Long Long Time” episode featured a storyline involving the relationship between Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett). For more, check out GameSpot’s interview with Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin about the episode. You can also read more about how Episode 3 confirmed a fan theory with a twist.

New episodes of The Last of Us air Sunday nights on HBO, leading up to the Season 1 finale on March 12. HBO just recently announced that Season 2 is in the works, and fans believe it will follow the events of The Last of Us: Part II, and introduce Abby, among other characters.

For more, check out a trailer for this Sunday’s next episode.

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