Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead Hits Top 10: But Can It Reach No.1?
Could 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' reach No.1 in the UK singles chart?
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead had launched into the UK Top 10 chart following the death of Margaret Thatcher. What probably started off as a handful of people downloading The Wizard of Oz track for their slightly tasteless parties around the UK turned into a full-fledged Facebook and Twitter campaign to get the track to No.1.
The Official Charts Company said the song had been purchased more than 10,600 by midnight on Tuesday, meaning it's at No.10 on the midweeks charts, published on Wednesday. It's on-course to be one of the top three sellers by the end of the week and could get to No.1. While many have mourned the death of Baroness Thatcher, organisers behind the Facebook campaign showed little compassion - "Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies", launched on Monday. Though the most famous version, sung by Judy Garland, is on track for chart success, another 1961 rendition sung by Ella Fitzgerald also saw an increase in sales and nudged into the Top 150. The main track is around 5,000 sales away from a place in the Top 3.
The track was composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by E.Y. Harburg for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. In the film, it is sung to celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the East after Dorothy 'dropped' a house on her, though this was actually caused by a tornado.