The Scoop on ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ Hitting the Charts Again
Okay, check this out! Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s hit song from 2001, ‘Murder on the Dancefloor,’ just made a stunning return to the Top 10 after 22 years. Why? Well, it all goes down to this movie called ‘Saltburn,’ directed by Emerald Fennell, where the song plays during a super intense scene.
Back in the Charts
This catchy tune snagged the No. 8 spot with a whopping 2.2 million streams. Before ‘Saltburn’ hit Amazon Prime, the song was already climbing up, hitting around 293,000 streams per week, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC).
Originally, when it first dropped in 2001, Ellis-Bextor’s song reached No. 2 but missed the top spot, losing out to Daniel Bedingfield’s ‘Gotta Get Thru This.’
TikTok & Streaming Boost
But hold on, it’s not just the movie that’s giving this track a second wind. TikTok’s in on the action too! Big names like Paris Hilton used the song in their videos, adding to the buzz. The song’s hashtag on TikTok has racked up over 40 million views.
Spotify spilled the beans, saying ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ got extra play on New Year’s Eve playlists. On December 31, 2023, the song had its best day on the platform, hitting 1.5 million streams.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Reaction
Ellis-Bextor herself is over the moon about this unexpected comeback. She’s always felt a special bond with her music, and seeing this song make a huge comeback feels pretty magical to her. She’s all grateful to her fans, saying they’ve taken the song on an incredible adventure.
Chatting with the OCC, she mentioned how much she loves performing this track and how this resurgence is just adding more fun to the mix.
Song’s Role in ‘Saltburn’
The song features in a pretty wild scene in ‘Saltburn.’ Picture this: the main character Oliver, played by Barry Keoghan, goes full-on crazy, dancing around naked in his friends’ mansion after some intense stuff goes down—murder and all that drama.
Vintage Hits Making a Comeback
This isn’t the first time an old-school hit has shot up the charts thanks to a movie or TV show. Remember Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ hitting No. 1 because of ‘Stranger Things’? Yep, something like that!
Ellis-Bextor’s Tribute and Insight
To celebrate the song’s midweek chart success, Ellis-Bextor posted a video of herself rocking out in a pair of antlers—a nod to the Saltburn estate motif. Pretty cool, right? She also revealed that she knew how Fennell planned to use the song when she gave permission for its inclusion in the film.
She watched the flick with her mom and her 19-year-old son, Sonny. Ellis-Bextor was a bit worried about how her son would take in the grittier parts, but turns out, he loved it and even ranked it among his top 10 faves!
What’s Hot in the Charts Now
This week’s top spot went to Noah Kahan’s ‘Stick Season,’ marking his first UK chart-topper. Last week, it was one of the very few non-Christmas songs in the Top 40, but now, most of them have slipped down with the new year kicking in.
So, there you have it—a classic bop making a huge comeback, all thanks to a killer movie scene!