One Pound Fish

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"One Pound Fish"
Single by One Pound Fish Man
Released7 December 2012 (2012-12-07)
LabelWarner Music Group
Songwriter(s)Muhammad Shahid Nazir
Music video
£1 Fish Man "One Pound Fish" on YouTube

"One Pound Fish", often stylised as "£1 Fish", is a novelty song performed by British-based Pakistani fish trader and recording artist Muhammad Shahid Nazir, credited as One Pound Fish Man. It was released on 7 December 2012 for download in the United Kingdom, reaching number 28 in the UK Singles Chart, number 4 in the UK Dance Chart, and number 1 in the UK Asian Chart.


Following brief employment at a pound shop, Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a Pakistani immigrant to UK, originating from the town of Pattoki in Punjab,[1] who had settled in East London, began work on a fish stall at Queen's Market, Upton Park where his employer instructed him to use a trader's call to attract customers. He soon composed the song "One Pound Fish".[2]

It became an internet smash and a viral video after passing customers uploaded videos of Nazir performing his song onto YouTube.

A music video to accompany the release of "One Pound Fish" was first released on 10 December 2012 at a total length of two minutes and thirty-six seconds. It featured Bollywood-style dancers and an appearance from former weather forecaster Michael Fish.[3]

In 2012 it was rumoured that Nazir had been deported to Pakistan after his visa had expired, although this was not the case.[4]

Covers and remixes[edit]

The song has since been covered by many artists[5] including Alesha Dixon. Mindless Behavior performed it live on the BBC Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show, and both Timbaland and Boy Better Know made remixes sampling from the song.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Asia Download (Official Chart Company)[6] 1
France (SNEP)[7] 169
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 73
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 28
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[11] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 7 December 2012[12] Download Warner Music Group


  1. ^ 11 Dec 2012 (2012-12-11). "One Pound Fish song makes bid for Christmas No1". London: Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  2. ^ Battersby, Matilda (November 26, 2012). "YouTube's £1 Fish Man offers Christmas number one challenge to the X Factor". London: The Independent. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael Fish Stars in Fish Video". London: 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  4. ^ "One Pound Fish man 'not deported'". BBC News. 2013-01-03.
  5. ^ Susannah Butter (2012-11-20). "The One Pound Fish Man: Everyone's Hooked, Including Warners". Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  6. ^ "Asian Chart". 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  7. ^ " – One Pound Fish Man – One Pound Fish" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 06, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "iTunes – Music – One Pound Fish (Remixes) – EP by £1 Fish Man". 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2012-12-21.

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