The iconic song from “The Wizard of Oz” is popular once more, not because of the recent success of the movie prequel “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” but because anti-Margaret Thatcher protesters have been buying it up in droves since the former prime minister’s death this week.
A Facebook group started shortly after news of Thatcher’s death broke Monday. The group pushed to make “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead”... the No. 1 song in the week following Thatcher’s death.
And Thursday, they succeeded.
As of Thursday evening, “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” was the No. 1 song on the UK iTunes store.
The Facebook page listed several places where people can download the song and says a “download a day keeps Maggie away.”
However, that’s spelling potential trouble for the BBC, which is being pressured by Britain’s conservative, pro-Thatcher newspapers not to play the song on this Sunday’s BBC Radio 1 weekly chart-topping-singles show.
The Daily Mail has been leading the charge against Facebook and Twitter campaigners trying to push the song, which has become the anthem of anti-Thatcher protesters.
In Thursday’s Daily Mail, the paper branded Romany Blythe, the woman who set up the Facebook page “The Witch is Dead” as a “teacher of hatred”, quoting critics who condemned plans for Thatcher “death parties” as “revolting” and “offensive”.
Radio 1 insiders said if the song does make it to the top five, there would be no reason not to play the track.