Green Day's 'American Idiot' tops United Kingdom charts ahead of Donald Trump's tour

For some years now, citizens of the United Kingdom have turned music chart manipulation into a cheeky tradition, the idea being to select a song and, largely through grassroots online campaigning (helped along by media coverage, like this very article), to make it the most popular song in the country.

The "Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump's UK Visit" Facebook page is part of a spectrum of protests that also includes plans to fly a giant orange baby balloon over London during the President's state visit.

Campaigners are urging people to buy, download and stream the single as many times as possible by tomorrow night. As England has progressed in the World Cup, "Three Lions" has pole-vaulted up the chart, from No. 42 to No. 24 to within striking distance of its third stint at No. 1, within three weeks.




So far, it seems to be working. "We are the country who put Sex Pistols and Rage Against the Machine at No. 1 in the past". And in 1977, ahead of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, the Sex Pistols' controversial "God Save the Queen" reached No. 2 despite being banned by the BBC.

Every so often, a percentage of the British population bands together to ensure that some album or song gets to number one by a particular date. After reports emerged indicating that Trump had gifted Kim Jong Un with a copy of Elton John's song "Rocket Man", Kaine joked that the North Korean leader sent back a copy of "American Idiot". They dubbed the campaign "Make American Idiot Great Again".

British protestors have been furiously downloading and streaming the 2004 single since last week with the hopes that "American Idiot" will be No. 1 just in time for Trump's touchdown.

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