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"
ReleasedDecember 1968
GenrePop, soul
Songwriter(s)Mike d'Abo, Tony Macaulay
The Foundations singles chronology
"Any Old Time"
"Build Me Up Buttercup"
"In the Bad Bad Old Days"

"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.

The song was later featured in the 1998 comedy film There's Something About Mary and a series of 2021 Geico commercials. And it's also featured as one of the 7th inning stretch tunes played at the Angel Stadium since 1990, home of the Los Angeles Angels.



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 1,000,000^

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



  1. ^ a b "Top 100 1969-03-08". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 12 March 1969".
  3. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". 24 February 1969. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Build Me Up Buttercup". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs (A-B)".
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–2002
  7. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1969". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  10. ^ "British single certifications – Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 April 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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