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‘Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead’ Shooting Up British Charts After Thatcher Death

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Margaret Thatcher inspired a lot of protest songs, but the musical number taking off in the wake of her death was not written about the former prime minister specifically. “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead,” from Wizard of Oz, is climbing the charts thanks to an anti-Thatcher social-media campaign and is “on course to reach number four, up from 10 the previous day,” the Guardian reports. If the annoying munchkin jingle stays in the top five for the week, BBC Radio 1 will have no choice but to play the song on its legendary weekend chart show, but will likely provide some context: “Among the 16- to 24-year-olds, a lot of people are saying they are not 100 percent sure who Thatcher is,” a BBC source said. “Even though this seems extraordinary, they may not understand why that song would chart.”

For the ignorant kids or Americans, here is an extreme YouTube tribute that captures the sentiment:

‘Witch Is Dead’ Charting for Margaret Thatcher