Block Buster!

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"Block Buster!"
Block Buster! (The Sweet album) coverart.jpg
Single by Sweet
from the album The Sweet
B-side "Need a Lot of Lovin'"
Released January 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:13
Label RCA
Writer(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Phil Wainman
Sweet singles chronology
"Wig-Wam Bam"
"Block Buster!"
"Hell Raiser"

"Block Buster!" (also sometimes listed as "Blockbuster!") is a 1973 single by Sweet. Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, and produced by Phil Wainman, "Block Buster!" was the band's sole UK No. 1 hit. Released in January 1973, it spent five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart,[1] and also made #1 in the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Austria and Ireland, and #3 in Finland, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway. Outside Europe it fared less well as it peaked at #29 in Australia and at #73 on the American Billboard Hot 100.


Chart (1973) Peak
Austria 1
Germany 1
Ireland 1
Netherlands 1
New Zealand 1
United Kingdom 1
Belgium 2
Denmark 3
Finland 3
Norway 3
Switzerland 3
South Africa 7
Spain 12
Australia 29
Italy 30
USA 73

Music and lyrics[edit]

Its riff was considered markedly similar to fellow RCA act David Bowie's "The Jean Genie", released shortly before, but all parties maintain that this was pure coincidence.[2]

TV performances[edit]

Some controversy rose after the band's performance of the song on the British television program Top of the Pops at December 25, 1973. In this performance, Sweet's bassist Steve Priest wore a Nazi uniform.[3]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 282–3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.110
  3. ^ "Steve Priest | The Sweet". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
Preceded by
"Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond
UK Singles Chart number one single
January 27, 1973 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cum on Feel the Noize" by Slade