Can We Fix It?

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"Can We Fix It?"
Single by Bob the Builder
from the album Bob the Builder: The Album
Released 2000 (2000)
Genre Children's
Writer(s) Paul K. Joyce
Producer(s) Hot Animation
Bob the Builder singles chronology
"Can We Fix It?"
(2000)
"Mambo No. 5"
(2001)

"Can We Fix It?" is the name of the theme song, written by Paul K. Joyce, from the children's television programme Bob the Builder, produced by Hot Animation. The song's title is derived from the main character's catchphrase. The chorus of the song features this phrase prominently, as well as the response, "Yes we can!"

"Can We Fix It?" became a Christmas number one single in 2000, beating Westlife's "What Makes a Man".[1] It was the biggest selling single of the year in the UK,[2] appearing 80th in the all-time UK best-sellers list. It reached number one in Australia in 2001.

A second single by Bob, "Mambo No. 5", with the lyrics adapted from Lou Bega's 1999 hit version, also reached number one a year later. An album entitled The Album followed, which debuted at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart, and included a cover of Elton John's "Crocodile Rock".

"Can We Fix It", was voted by Channel 4 viewers in late 2003 as one of the 100 worst singles of all-time, even though it reached No. 1 in the UK chart.[citation needed]

The song has sold over one million copies in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.[3] The song was the best selling of 2000 in the UK[2] and the 10th biggest selling single of the 2000s (decade).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 654–5. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Paul K Joyce - Bob the Builder". Pkjmusicftp.com. 2001-05-24. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
Preceded by
Westlife
"I Have a Dream"/"Seasons in the Sun"
UK Christmas number-one single
2000
Succeeded by
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
"Somethin' Stupid"
Preceded by
"Stan" by Eminem
UK Singles Chart number-one single
17 December 2000 – 7 January 2001
Succeeded by
"Touch Me" by Rui Da Silva featuring Cassandra
Preceded by
"Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse
ARIA (Australia) number one single
16 September 2001
Succeeded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue