Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

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"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
Single by Lally Stott
from the album Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep
B-side"Henry James"
ReleasedSeptember 1970
GenreBubblegum pop
Songwriter(s)Lally Stott
Producer(s)Lally Stott
Lally Stott singles chronology
"Signora Jones"
"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"
Single by Middle of the Road
from the album Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
B-side"Rainin' 'n Painin'"
ReleasedOctober 1970
StudioRCA Studios, Rome
GenreBubblegum pop
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Lally Stott
  • Giacomo Tosti
  • Italo Greco
Middle of the Road singles chronology
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"
"Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum"
"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"
Single by Mac and Katie Kissoon
from the album The Beginning
B-side"Walking Around"
Released28 May 1971
  • Young Blood
  • ABC
Songwriter(s)Lally Stott
Producer(s)Miki Dallon
Mac and Katie Kissoon singles chronology
"Acts of Violence"
"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"

"Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep" is a song recorded in 1970 by its composer Lally Stott,[2] and made popular in 1971 by Scottish band Middle of the Road for whom it was a UK #1 chart hit.[3] That version is one of fewer than fifty singles to have sold more than ten million physical copies worldwide.[4]


The original recording of the song by Lally Stott was first released in September 1970 in Italy, where he had been living for several years. It was a hit, entering the Top 20 at the beginning of October. The record company, Philips, was reluctant to release it overseas, and offered it to two other groups: Scottish folk-pop group Middle of the Road, who were working in Italy at the time, and the Trinidadian brother-and-sister duo Mac and Katie Kissoon. Philips eventually released Stott's version elsewhere and it topped the charts in Australia and Zimbabwe, as well as hitting the Top Ten in South Africa. It was not a hit in the US, though peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100, something that Middle of the Road never achieved.[5]

Middle of the Road released their version in October 1970 in Italy, though it failed to chart there.[6] It was released in the UK on 15 January 1971 and initially became a hit in continental Europe only, before later growing in popularity in the UK. It entered the UK Singles Chart in the final week of May and reportedly got a boost from DJ Tony Blackburn, who favoured this version over the one by Mac and Katie Kissoon (which had recently been released), and topped the charts three weeks later for five weeks.[7] Mac and Katie Kissoon's version, released in May 1971, had the most success in North America, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the Canadian RPM chart.

At the time, the song was dismissed by critics[who?] as bubblegum, a view initially held by band leader Ken Andrew: "We were as disgusted with the thought of recording it as most people were at the thought of buying it. But at the end of the day, we liked it."[citation needed]

In 2006 "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" topped a list of unintentionally creepy songs in The Observer.[8] Despite its popular appeal and popular chorus, the song has a theme of child abandonment.


The song was featured on the Top of the Pops, Volume 18 album.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was sampled in the Denim song "Middle of the Road" on their 1992 album, Back in Denim.

The song's title has sometimes been parodied:

Included on the soundtrack in The Guard (2011) performed by Middle of the Road.

The character Frank Gallagher references the Middle of the Road version in an episode of the UK TV series, Shameless

Included on the soundtrack of the Shudder exclusive film, "The Power" (2021), which takes place in 1974 London.


Lally Stott version[edit]

Middle of the Road version[edit]

Mac and Katie Kissoon version[edit]

Weekly charts

Chart (1971) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[42] 10
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[43] 11
UK Singles (OCC)[44] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[45] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[46] 10
US Cash Box Top 100[47] 18


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