As you may be aware, there was a campaign on Facebook to get the 2004 song American Idiot to Number 1 in light of Donald Trump’s first UK visit as American President. Me, among others, felt that the campaign itself was a stupid idea; it was more endlessly silly anti-Trump virtue signalling over his state visit from a country which is supposedly his closest ally and needs as much help from him as it can get post-Brexit, especially with the new trade deal he is willing to give us.
But putting my opinion aside, the end result was pretty hilarious to say the least. Despite the campaign attempting to get the 2004 song to number one, it came at a paltry 25, being beaten out by the various trendy artists of our current year like Jess Glynne and George Ezra.
To make matters even more hilarious, when based on official sales alone (given that the Official Charts Company complies both individual sales, downloads and online streaming – a system which is inherently silly and which I have started a petition against which you can sign here) the song came in at number 2, making it even more funny as to the massive backfire this entailed.
So which song clenched the Number 1 slot, you may ask? That would be the classic football anthem Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds. Nice to see that the people chose to place a song which celebrated their nation at number 1 as opposed to virtue signal against a leader of another.