5 Post-Olympic Chart Winners: Lennon, Elbow, Bush, Sandé and cheeky George Michael

The UK Chart Midweeks will be out shortly. After the divisive Closing Ceremony, expect to see these five cracking the upper regions in the Official Chart next Sunday.

1. Imagine – John Lennon

John Lennon image from Olympics Closing CeremonyWho doesn’t already own this, one wonders?* Already a UK No. 6 (1975), No. 1 (1980) and No. 3 (1999), the track appeared in the Ceremony as a mix of Lennon’s vocal and those of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and the Liverpool Signing Choir. Wikipedia tells us that it is one of the most covered songs of all time and that Elton John once changed the lyrics to take the pee out of his very wealthy pal, Lennon:

Imagine six apartments
It isn’t hard to do
One is full of fur coats
The other’s full of shoes

Expect to see it inside the Top 20.


2. White Light – George Michael

Cheeky George did what no other artist did and performed his new one  – a rather decent bit of electronic pop which has little to do with the Olympic theme. The usually forthright George hasn’t let his Twitter followers and critics in on whatever deal was cut to give him such a massive global platform for the track, but you’ve got to admire whatever ballsy negotiator he had.

With the negative feedback, he’s gotten a bit testy:

But perhaps, as he Tweeted directly after his performance, it’s mission accomplished:

Just inside the Top 10 for George I think.


3. One Day Like This – Elbow

This has been threatening to go big for a long time. Originally creeping into the Top 40 in 2008, the track has already had Olympic exposure with it’s use by the BBC during the Beijing Olympics. It’s been used in all sorts of emotive places since then (a MacBook ad, part of the Official BBC Children in Need Medley which reached No. 1 in 2009, Sky’s Earth Day promo, etc). A big but gentle anthem from the unassuming Manchester act, it should comfortably get the Top 10 slot it finally deserves.


4. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) [2012 Remix] – Kate Bush

Image from performance of Kate Bush track at 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony#savethesecret pleaded the organisers, but the rumours abounded that Kate Bush might finally return to live performance for the Closing Ceremony. With the release of Running Up That Hill with new vocals just hours before the broadcast, the speculation increased. It wasn’t to be. Instead the track was played to accompany one of the more striking set pieces. Unfortunately for Kate and the US, broadcaster NBC went to commercial infuriating many a Bush fan.

The original version made No. 3 in the UK in 1985. There’s a chance that this new version might join it in the Top 5.


5. Read All About It, Part III – Emeli Sandé

Along with Pet Shop Boys’ West End Girls, Scotswoman Sandé managed to feature in both Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Her version of Abide With Me memorably accompanied Akram Khan’s solemn dance piece for the bereaved of the 7/7 bombings and relatives of those in attendance. She was back two weeks later performing extracts from Read All About It on a couple of occasions.

The track was a 2011 No. 1 for Professor Green and Sandé, with her Green-free version appearing on her debut album shortly after. Her solo version also charted lower down in the chart a few times this year.

Top 5 on Sunday is fairly safe.


* Amusingly, I just checked my iTunes and guess what? I don’t have it.


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