Build Me Up Buttercup

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"Build Me Up Buttercup"
Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations UK vinyl Side-A.png
One of side-A labels of the UK vinyl single
Single by The Foundations
from the album Build Me Up Buttercup (U.S.)
B-side"New Direction"
Released8 November 1968 (UK)
3 December 1968 (US)
Recorded1968
Genre
Length3:00
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tony Macaulay
The Foundations singles chronology
"Any Old Time"
(1968)
"Build Me Up Buttercup"
(1968)
"In the Bad Bad Old Days"
(1969)

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is a song written by Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay, and released by the Foundations in 1968 with Colin Young singing lead vocals. Young had replaced Clem Curtis during 1968 and this was the first Foundations hit on which he sang.

It hit No. 1 on the Cash Box Top 100[1] and No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1969. It was also a No. 2 hit in the United Kingdom, for two non-consecutive weeks, behind "Lily the Pink" by the Scaffold. It was quickly certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over a million US copies.

In popular culture[edit]

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is featured in the 1998 romantic comedy film There's Something About Mary[2] and the 2020 film The Kissing Booth 2,[3] as well as in a series of 2020–21 Geico commercials.[4]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Other versions[edit]

A version by British trio Partyboys reached No. 44 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top 100 1969-03-08". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ Pollock, Bruce (2005). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. p. 44. ISBN 978-0415970730.
  3. ^ Morris, Lauren (22 July 2020). "The Kissing Booth 2 soundtrack: Every song played in the sequel". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  4. ^ Kordenbrock, Mike (4 May 2021). "Dehler Park one of multiple Billings locations used in Geico ads". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 12 March 1969". www.poparchives.com.au.
  6. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 24 February 1969. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Build Me Up Buttercup". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  8. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs (A-B)". www.rock.co.za.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–2002
  10. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1969". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Build Me Up Buttercup 2003 | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.

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