Prince Charming (Adam and the Ants song)

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"Prince Charming"
Single by Adam and the Ants
from the album Prince Charming
Genre New wave, post-punk, rock
Length 3:17
Label CBS Records[1]
Writer(s) Marco Pirroni and the Ants[1]
Producer(s) Chris Hughes, Marco Pirroni and the Ants[1]

"Prince Charming" was a number-one single in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in September 1981 for Adam and the Ants,[2] featured on the album of the same name. Written by Marco Pirroni and the Ants, it was their second number-one single. Fellow band member and co-producer Merrick (Chris Hughes), normally on drums, played a stirring riff on an open-tuned acoustic guitar throughout the song; lead guitarist Pirroni mimed to this part on both an orchestral harp and a miniature version of the instrument in the promotional video, which was based on the pantomime Cinderella.

The music video was also notable for its extravagant production. It featured a swashbuckling Adam Ant, in flamboyant Regency clothes, performing a much imitated arm-crossing dance. Diana Dors, in one of her last on-screen performances, appeared in the video as a Fairy Godmother.[1]

On 27 March 2010, Rolf Harris claimed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Danny Baker Show that an out-of-court settlement had been reached, and a large sum of royalties received, after a musicologist found "Prince Charming" to be musically identical to Harris's 1965 song "War Canoe".


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 216–7. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 398–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
Preceded by
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
UK number one single
19 September 1981 - 10 October 1981
Succeeded by
"It's My Party" by Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin