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Margaret Thatcher’s death pushes Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead up the download charts Add to ...

Not everyone is mourning the death of Margaret Thatcher.

The passing of the former British prime minister has prompted a huge resurgence of the song Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead, taken from the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Fueled by campaigns on Twitter and Facebook, the cheery refrain has reached soared up to ninth place on the U.K. iTunes downloads charts and ranks in second place on the Amazon singles downloads chart.

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Britain’s first female prime minister, Thatcher died Monday in London following a stroke. She was 87. Immediately following her death, the Facebook group began imploring people to download Ding-Dong to get the song to the number-one position.

Composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg, the original version was sung in the film by Judy Garland’s character of Dorothy, the Good Witch Glinda (Billie Burke) and assorted Munchkins to celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, who perished when Dorothy’s Kansas farmhouse flew in on a twister and flattened her.

A more direct swipe at Thatcher, the 1988 song Tramp the Dirt Down by Elvis Costello, also rose to 79 th place on the iTunes chart.

 

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