Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead headed for the Top 10

  • 10 April 2013
  • From the section Music
Judy Garland
Judy Garland starred in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz

An online campaign has helped Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead chart at number 10 in the Official Midweek Charts.

Opponents of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have been buying copies of the song following her death on Monday aged 87.

The version is credited to the Wizard Of Oz Film Cast and appeared in the 1939 film of the same name.

A Facebook group, encouraging people to download the song, was originally set up in July 2007.

It has more than 5,000 members.

'Three versions'

The Official Charts Company previously said there were three versions, including the Judy Garland one, of the song in the Top 200. Ella Fitzgerald's 1961 cover is at 146 and the Munchkins' version at 183.

In a statement, The Official Charts Company said: "As of midnight last night (Tuesday, April 9) Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, credited to the Wizard Of Oz Film Cast, has sold over 10,600 copies, which is roughly 5,000 copies away from a Top 3 placing at this mid-way stage."

Some reports claim various versions of the song were too short to qualify for a chart position but the Official Charts Company has denied that.

The version of Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead which is in the Top 10 is 51 seconds long.

The Official Chart Update and the Official Chart Show are both broadcast on BBC Radio 1.

When asked if the station would play the track, a spokesperson told Newsbeat: "Radio 1 will run through the Official Chart Update today as normal, however we only play a selection of entries each week.

"The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear."

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