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# Ding Dong
Top 40 placing expected for Wizard of Oz song
All three versions of the song, Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead qualify for the charts under industry rules.

A NEGATIVE FACEBOOK campaign is hoping to get Wizard of Oz song Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead to number one in the UK music charts to mark the death of former leader Margaret Thatcher.

Opponents of the ex-Prime Minister’s started the movement yesterday and efforts have already seen sales rocket.

According to the Official Charts Company, the tune – from the 1939 film – is heading for a Top 40 place on Sunday’s countdown as “the macabre sense of humour of British music fans” is reflected.

Three versions of the song are currently figuring in the Top 200 – Judy Garland’s original is at 54, Ella Fitzgerald’s 1961 cover sits at 146 and the Munchkins’ version at 183. Contrary to some reports, all three versions qualify under industry chart rules.

If the sales of all three were combined, the song would be in 40th place today, with almost 2,500 copies bought. However, Garland’s version is the leading contender and that is likely to move into the Official Singles Chart Top 40 in its own right by Sunday if it maintains its current momentum.

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