|Single by Gershon Kingsley|
|from the album Music to Moog By|
|Label||Audio Fidelity Records, New York City|
|Producer||Herman D. Gimbel|
|Gershon Kingsley singles chronology|
The same year it was released and recorded at Audio Fidelity Records label in New York City. The composition received its title during a meeting between Kingsley and Audio Fidelity; Kingsley indicated the track did not have a title and someone suggested "Popcorn", with 'Pop' standing for pop music and 'corn' for kitsch.
In 1972, Hot Butter's rerecording was a huge hit in many countries. That version is by far the best known, even more than the original. "Popcorn" has since been covered by a great number of artists.
Composer Gershon Kingsley (of Perrey and Kingsley) first recorded it for his 1969 album Music to Moog By. In 1971 the song was re-recorded by Kingsley's band First Moog Quartet. Stan Free, member of the First Moog Quartet, rerecorded the instrumental with his band Hot Butter in 1972. The record was one of a rash of Moog synthesizer-based releases that followed the 1968 Billboard pop Top 40 chart success Wendy Carlos had with Switched-On Bach and that characterized electronic music of the mid-1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.
|Single by Hot Butter|
|from the album Hot Butter|
|B-side||"At the Movies"|
Musicor (US and Canada)
|Hot Butter singles chronology|
Hot Butter's version became the second primarily electronic-based piece of music to reach the American popular music charts, three years after "The Minotaur" by Dick Hyman & His Electric Eclectics. The Hot Butter recording peaked at number nine on the Billboard Pop Singles and number four on the Adult Contemporary Chart. The single had great success in Australia where it reached number one for ten weeks. It was also number one in Switzerland, where it topped the chart for ten weeks and stayed for 17 weeks in the top ten. In Norway, it was number one for nine weeks and featured for 21 weeks in the top ten. It was also number one in Germany and reached number five on July 22, 1972 in UK and number 15 in Canada - October 1972. In France, this version of "Popcorn" is the 131st best-selling single of all time, with about 900,000 sales.
- 7" single
- "Popcorn" — 2:30
- "At the Movies" — 2:31
|Australian Singles Chart||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||10|
|Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart||2|
|Canadian Singles Chart||15|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||8|
|Italian Singles Chart||19|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||1|
|South African Chart||13|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||4|
"Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond
|Swiss number-one single
August 22, 1972 - October 24, 1972 (10 weeks)
"Silver Machine" by Hawkwind
"Beautiful Sunday" by Daniel Boone
|Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
35/1972 - 43/1972 (9 weeks)
"Matrinomy" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
"Hello-A" by Mouth & MacNeal
|German number-one single
October 6, 1972 - October 20, 1972 (3 weeks)
"Wig-Wam Bam" by Sweet
"Boppin' the Blues" by Blackfeather
|Australian ARIA number-one single
October 16, 1972 - December 4, 1972 (8 weeks)
"Ben" by Michael Jackson
Other cover versions
It has since been covered by various artists, including DJ Voyager, Anarchic System with vocal version, a pre-fame Jean Michel Jarre (under the pseudonyms of The Popcorn Orchestra and Jamie Jefferson), Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Unter Null, Richard D. James AKA Aphex Twin, Goodiepal, M&H Band, Muse, DJ Fantomas, Gigi D'Agostino, Guru Josh, Iranian artist Shadmehr Aghili, Afrosound, The Time Frequency (TTF), Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Norrie Paramor & the Midland Radio Orchestra, Ronnie Aldrich, The Treble Spankers, the Boomtang Boys, Space Penguins, Pattie Brooks (disco version as part of a medley that also included Black is Black & Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye), Bass Bumpers (fronted by the Crazy Frog cartoon), Liars, Finnish band Seidat, Swedish DJ Richi M, the Irish DJ Showey, South African Psytrance act Parana, Italian pop band La Strana Società, Japanese electronic artists Denki Groove, Russian Virtuoso Guitar Player Victor Zinchuk, Spanish rock band Los Pekenikes, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, and the Swedish Chef. It has also been remixed by Hexstatic on the Pick 'n' Mix album. In fact, more than 500 cover versions of the song exist, some of which add lyrics (lyrics have been added in at least six different languages). In 2003 Greek synthpop Duo Marsheaux released a darker mix of "Popcorn" as their debut single, which became a radio play hit in Europe. The song was also featured as the background music in the first version of the 1982 arcade game Pengo, the 1983 IBM PC game Digger, the 1984 Mikro-Gen microcomputer game Pyjamarama, and as one of the background tunes of the 1984 microcomputer game Trollie Wallie. Many cover versions were made on popular home computers such as Atari, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga, often by anonymous artists. On 17 September 2007, Electropop group Plemo released a free track on micromusic.net based on the original "Popcorn" melody. It includes samples from "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" of the Beastie Boys.
The song has never been covered by Kraftwerk although there are mistagged copies of the song allegedly by them (most frequently the version by M&H Band) in circulation. This version is also sometimes attributed to synth-pop artist Jean-Michel Jarre. There is also a version circulating on the internet that is claimed to have been made by avant-garde group The Residents even though it sounds vastly different from The Residents' usual experimental sound. This version is actually made by the hard house artists called The Rezidents, hence the confusion between the two.
Most recently, alternative rock band Muse performed this song live in Teignmouth, UK during their two nights at The Den. The song featured prominent electric guitar along with heavy percussion and bass. A studio version of their cover was released on the 2010 single "Resistance". Faith No More covered the song live in Argentina in The Second Coming Tour.
Under this melody played by the ensemble under Meshcherin since 1970 every Sunday on the first channel of the Soviet television in the morning passed the state lottery raffle Sportloto.
In 1976, the tenth episode of the Soviet animated series Nu, Pogodi! included this song as Volk (The Wolf) is chasing Zayats (The Hare) at a construction site.
Crazy Frog version
|Single by Crazy Frog|
|from the album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits|
|Released||August 22, 2005|
|Format||CD single, CD maxi, Digital download|
|Length||3:12 (album version)
2:46 (radio edit)
|Label||Ministry of Sound|
|Certification||Diamond France, 2005|
|Crazy Frog singles chronology|
In 2005, "Popcorn" was covered by Crazy Frog, and this remixed version was released on August 22, 2005. Jamba! once again arranged the remix, and also marketed it as a ringtone. The song differs from the debut release "Axel F", as it does not contain the trademark "Crazy Frog sound" by Daniel Malmedahl. However, the music video is once again animated computer-generated imagery, produced by Kaktus Film and Erik Wernquist of TurboForce3D.
The single was a hit in various countries, but not as much as Crazy Frog's previous song, "Axel F". It peaked at number one in Belgium, France and New Zealand. In France, the single had its greatest success: it went straight to #1 on September 24, 2005, whereby Crazy Frog replaced its own song "Axel F", and stayed at this position for seven weeks. Its best weekly sales were 71,777 in its second week. The single remained for 11 weeks in the top 10, 21 weeks in the top 50 and 27 weeks in the chart. Certified Diamond three months after its release by the SNEP, this "Popcorn" version is the 622nd best-selling single of all time in France, with 480,100 sales.
- "Popcorn" (radio mix)
- "Popcorn" (radio mix instrumental)
- "Popcorn" (potatoheadz mix)
- "Popcorn" (radikal mix)
- "Popcorn" (resource mix)
- "Popcorn" (video)
- "Popcorn" (radio mix)
- "Popcorn" (potatoheadz mix)
- "Popcorn" (resource mix)
- "Who Let the Frog Out?"
|Country||Certification||Date||Sales certified||Physical sales||Digital downloads|
|France||Diamond||December 1, 2005||500,000||480,100 (454,716 in 2005)||17,100 (in 2005)|
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog
|French SNEP number-one single
October 1, 2005 – November 5, 2005 (7 weeks)
"Hung Up" by Madonna
"Sin rencor" by OBK
|Spanish number-one single
October 2, 2005 (1 week)
"Precious" by Depeche Mode
"Pon De Replay" by Rihanna
|New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
October 17, 2005 (1 week)
"All I Ask" by Rosita Vai
"Je ne suis pas un héros" by Star Academy 5
|Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
October 22, 2005 – October 29, 2005 (2 weeks)
"Petite Sœur" by Lââm
- Documentary, interview with Kingsley
- Documentary, interview with Kingsley
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- "Australia n°1 Hits - 70's". Worldcharts.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Popcorn" (original version), in various singles charts Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 29, 2007)
- "Popcorn in Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Popcorn in Canadian Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Toutes les Chansons N° 1 des Années 70" (in French). Infodisc.fr. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved July 29, 2007)
- "Popcorn in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 2 June 2013. Only one result when searching "Hot Butter"
- "The best-selling singles of 1972 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 2 June 2013.
88. Popcorn - Hot Butter [#19, 1972/73]
- "Popcorn in Netherlands Chart". Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- John Samson. "Popcorn in South African Chart". Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved July 29, 2007)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved July 29, 2007)
- The Muppets (2010-07-02). "Pöpcørn". The Muppets Holding Company. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Interview with Gershon Kingsley (1993)
- "James Last Orchestra version of "Popcorn"". Youtube.com. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "Is the song ''Popcorn'' made by Kraftwerk?". Kraftwerkfaq.hu. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "YouTube.com". YouTube.com. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "setlist fm". setlist fm. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
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- Best selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- Australian certifications aria.com (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- 2005 certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- Crazy Frog's certifications and sales Infodisc.fr See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "CRAZY FROG" (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
- 2005 French Singles Chart Fanofmusic.free.fr (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- 2005 French Digital Chart Fanofmusic.free.fr (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- "Popcorn", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 29, 2007)
- French digital download Ifop.com (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- "Popcorn", in various singles charts Acharts.us (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- "Popcorn", in various singles charts Top40-charts.com (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved July 29, 2008)
- ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2005 Aria.com.au (Retrieved February 13, 2008)
- ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Dance Singles 2005 Aria.com.au (Retrieved February 13, 2008)
- 2005 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved February 13, 2008)
- 2005 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- 2005 French Digital Downloads Single Chart Fanofmusic.free.fr (Retrieved December 16, 2007)
- 2005 French Airplay, TV and Club Charts Yacast.fr (Retrieved January 19, 2007)
- 2005 New Zealand Singles Chart Rianz.org.nz (Retrieved February 13, 2008)
- Popcorn Song - An informative page on the several versions of Popcorn with dates and artists
- 79 Versions of Popcorn - As advertised, this page contains links to 79 versions of the song. This page contains all of those versions remixed into one 12-minute piece.
- Max Cat Records - Artist - Gershon Kingsley