Margaret Thatcher's Death Sends "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" to the Top of U.K. Charts

Judy Garland's song from Wizard of Oz has been co-opted to celebrate the former prime minister's death on iTunes
By John Boone Apr 11, 2013 11:43 PMTags
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It's no secret that some people such as Meryl Streep remember Margaret Thatcher as a "pioneer,"  and others, well, not so much. And these non-mourners have taken their protests from Twitter hashtags (that convinced people Cher died) to the iTunes chart.

"Make 'Ding dong the witch is dead' number 1 the week Thatcher dies," the Facebook that sparked this movement reads. "I don't agree with the media portrayal of this 'great woman'..."

And the anti-Thatcherites did it. Judy Garland's track from The Wizard of Oz now sits at the number one spot on the U.K. charts.

Curious? This is what a street party celebrating Thatcher's death looks like (and sounds like—includes some NSFW language):

It was not Wizard of Oz theme and featured no ruby slippers or boom boxes blaring "Ding Dong!" on repeat. Though it did resurrect the Specials' "Ghost Town."

If you're in the U.S. and raising an eyebrow at all of this, well, "Here's to Never Growing Up" by Avril Lavigne is at number 7 on our charts, so maybe we shouldn't judge each other's taste in music.