Popcorn (instrumental)

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"Popcorn"
Gershon Kingsley - Popcorn (cover).jpg
Cover of 1973 release of Music to Moog By
Song by Gershon Kingsley
from the album Music to Moog By
Released1969
GenreSynth-pop[1][2]
Length2:24
LabelAudio Fidelity
Songwriter(s)Gershon Kingsley

"Popcorn" (originally spelled "Pop Corn") is an instrumental composed by Gershon Kingsley in 1969 for the album Music to Moog By on Audio Fidelity Records label.

Hot Butter version[edit]

"Popcorn"
Popcorn (Hot Butter).jpg
Single by Hot Butter
from the album Popcorn
B-side"At the Movies"
ReleasedJuly 1972 (U.S.)[3]
GenreSynth-pop[4]
Length2:30
Label
  • Interfusion (AUS)
  • Musicor (US and Canada)
Songwriter(s)Gershon Kingsley[5]
Producer(s)
  • Bill Jerome
  • Steve Jerome
Hot Butter singles chronology
"Popcorn"
(1972)
"Skokiaan"
(1973)
Audio sample

In 1969 Gershon Kingsley released a studio album entitled "Music to Moog By", which includes "Popcorn".[6] later in 1972, Stan Free, a fellow member of the First Moog Quartet, rerecorded "Popcorn" with his band Hot Butter.[6]

It proved popular in mainland Europe, spending several weeks at No. 1 in numerous European countries, including France (4 weeks at the top) and Switzerland (10 weeks), ultimately becoming the biggest-selling single of 1972 in both countries. (In the former, this version of "Popcorn" is the 131st best-selling single of all time, with sales of approximately 900,000 copies).[7] "Popcorn" was also a No. 1 hit in Germany (3 weeks), the Netherlands (7 weeks) and Norway (9 weeks).

Charts[edit]

Crazy Frog version[edit]

"Popcorn"
Crazy Frog - Popcorn CD cover.jpg
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits
B-side"Who Let the Frog Out?"
Released22 August 2005
GenreEurodance[33]
Length
  • 3:12 (album version)
  • 2:46 (radio edit)
LabelMinistry of Sound
Songwriter(s)Gershon Kingsley[5]
Producer(s)Erik Wernquist
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"Axel F"
(2005)
"Popcorn"
(2005)
"Jingle Bells/U Can't Touch This"
(2005)
Music video
"Popcorn" on YouTube

Crazy Frog released a cover of "Popcorn" in 2005. Jamba! once again arranged the remix, and also marketed it as a ringtone. The song differs from the debut release "Axel F", as it does not contain the trademark "Crazy Frog sound" by Daniel Malmedahl.

The single was a hit in various countries, particularly in France, where it enjoyed its greatest success. Replacing Crazy Frog's own song "Axel F" at No. 1 on 24 September 2005, the track remained at the top spot for seven weeks, with its best weekly sales of 71,777 copies in its second week.[34] Certified Diamond status just three months after its release by the SNEP, as of August 2014, this version of "Popcorn" is the 40th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 458,000 copies sold.[35] The track also topped the charts in Belgium, New Zealand and Spain.[36]

The music video, CGI-animated, was produced by Kaktus Film and Erik Wernquist of TurboForce3D, and features Crazy Frog causing chaos at the undersea labs of the drones.

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "Popcorn" – 2:30
  2. "At the Movies" – 2:31

UK

  1. "Popcorn" (radio mix)
  2. "Popcorn" (radio mix instrumental)
  3. "Popcorn" (potatoheadz mix)
  4. "Popcorn" (radikal mix)
  5. "Popcorn" (resource mix)
  6. "Popcorn" (video)

Australia

  1. "Popcorn" (radio mix)
  2. "Popcorn" (potatoheadz mix)
  3. "Popcorn" (resource mix)
  4. "Who Let the Frog Out?"

Charts[edit]

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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