Thatcher's Death Shakes Up UK Charts

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Following the death of the divisive former British prime minister Baroness Margaret "The Iron Lady" Thatcher, a number of songs inspired by the Conservative party icon have been reactivated on the U.K. charts.

Elvis Costello's anti-Thatcher lament "Tramp down the dirt" from his 1989 album Spike has resurfaced, this time creeping up to #78 on iTunes, while other songs such as Morrissey's "Margaret on the Guillotine", Robert Wyatt’s "Shipbuilding" and Billy Bragg’s "Between the Wars" have all been making the rounds on social media.

Another song moving up the charts in the wake of Thatcher's death was Judy Garland's "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." Led by a Facebook campaign, the song has broken the top 10 on the U.K. iTunes charts and hit #2 on Amazon.

Thatcher, who served three terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, was known for her uncompromising political style and neoliberal policies that came to be known as Thatcherism. Thatcher died on April 8th, 2013. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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