51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 26: Hot Butter – Popcorn

Here’s a little teaser for you. When is a song not a song? Have a little think about the answer while I whizz us off in my music time machine to the year 1972. Not only that, but I’m going to give many of you a handy tip that I know many of you will be thanking me for.

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We previously visited the year 1972 back in week nine of this feature. Who could forget the week I introduced you all to a song that featured a pigeon and a 60-year-old lady who is still one of the oldest female artists to have had a number one hit single in the UK? Click here to relive that memory. But, what about the answer to that question I asked at the beginning of this post? Take a look at this video, and I’ll then give you the answer.

I’ve featured strange pop music videos in this feature before. For me, this has to be another one of the most bizarre videos I’ve seen for a song. But, is ‘Popcorn’ a song? Technically, no it’s not. Why? Well, doesn’t a song need to have lyrics in order to be classed as a song? Maybe you’ll disagree.

Although Popcorn was written in the year 1968, it was the group Hot Butter who went on to make the tune (note, I’m not saying song), a worldwide hit. In Australia, Popcorn stayed at the number one spot for eight weeks. However, the Swiss were having none of that! They managed to buy enough copies of Popcorn to ensure it stayed at the number one spot for ten weeks! It also went to number one in another four countries and enjoyed many weeks in the top ten of the singles charts around the world. In the U.S.A, it reached number nine, number two in Canada, while in the UK it peaked at number five.

Now, that handy tip I promised you. Take a look at the first video featuring the dancers again, and tell if me if this tune and that dance is not the perfect tune to dry your nails too! Nice tip, yes?

Do you have a favourite song that features no lyrics? Leave a link to it in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post, and to RuthKatMarie, Cookies & Moo, and Barbara who all published posts about favourite songs and linked back to this feature.

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