Remainers win Brexit Day pop battle as Ode To Joy tops UK singles download chart

Brexit opponents urged supporters to get a live version of Beethoven’s EU anthem, performed by Dutch conductor Andre Rieu, to No 1

Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:23 pm

Brexit opponents urged supporters to help get a live version of Beethoven’s EU anthem, performed by Dutch conductor Andre Rieu, to number one.

Ode To Joy entered the Download Chart in the top slot, thanks to 99p purchases on iTunes and Amazon, the Official Charts Company said.

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However chart compilation rules have changed considerably since Britain entered the European Community in 1973 to the chart-topping strains of Little Jimmy Osmond’s Long Haired Lover from Liverpool.

The dominance of streaming over paid-for sales meant that Ode To Joy earned a new entry at number 30 in the main Singles chart.

Pro-Brexit song misses Top 40

British Eurosceptic deputies sing God Save The Queen as a European orchestra plays the EU anthem Ode to Joy (Photo: Getty)

Remainers claimed a second victory though – a rival campaign was launched for a pro-Brexit song, Dominic Frisby’s 17 Million F**k Offs. But the track missed the Top 40, stalling at 43, to the relief of Radio 1’s Chart show producers.

The Number One single as the UK heads for the exit is Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go, which hymns a poignant goodbye.

“So, before you go, Was there something I could’ve said to make it all stop hurting? Was never the right time, whenever you called, Went little by little by little until there was nothing at all.”

Lib Dem MEP Caroline Voaden led the Remain campaign for people to download Ode To Joy.

A rendition hit the headlines after Brexit Party MEPs turned their backs in the European Parliament when it was played after they were elected.


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