Scotland fans are propelling a 43-year-old disco classic towards a return to the UK’s official singles chart.
On Sunday Yes Sir, I Can Boogie was sitting at number 18 in the UK Official Chart’s “first look” list and is set to enter the singles chart on Friday.
The national team defeated Serbia in a penalty shoot-out in Belgrade last Thursday night, sending them into Group D of the competition. It will be Scotland’s first major tournament since being knocked out of the 1998 World Cup.
And Baccara’s 1977 hit – the 70s disco track inexorably linked to Aberdeen FC captain Andy Considine– – was the anthem of the evening after the defiant squad were filmed celebrating victory to the tune with the Dons skipper.
Considine, who was called up to the squad for the first time in October, starred in a spoof cover of the song in a video filmed for his stag-do.
Can Baccara boogie-woogie back into the top 40?
If the song’s trend continues, it will return to the top 40 for the first time in 42 years. Some 18 million copies of the tune were sold following its release in 1977.
On Monday the track was also number six on Amazon Music’s list of best-selling songs in the UK.
The website iTuneschart.net – which tracks iTunes music trends – also listed the song at number two on its list of top British entries.
A report on the Official Charts website reads: “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie currently sits at Number 18 on the Official Chart First Look. If it holds on until Friday’s Official Singles Chart (November 20), it will be the song’s first chart appearance in 42 years.
“Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Spanish female duo Baccara was released in 1977 and spent one week at Number 1 in October that year.”
Online covers and a thank you from Baccara
The popularity of the song last week led to a number of covers from Scotland fans.
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie 🕺🏴 pic.twitter.com/gNBXfBjUfP
— Brooke Combe (@brookecombe) November 14, 2020
Musicians Brooke Combe and Scott McGill got thousands of shares and likes after posting their versions of the tune to Twitter.
Yes sir, I can boogie! 🏴😎 pic.twitter.com/yMN0Sbasoy
— Scott McGill🎸🍀🏴 (@scottmcg88) November 13, 2020
Scots music star Lewis Capaldi also appeared to hint at a future cover of the song.
📲 Lewis via Instagram Stories bailando al ritmo de "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" de Baccara pic.twitter.com/O5qqhibyIq
— Lewis Capaldi Latinoamérica🕺 (@CapaldiLatam) November 14, 2020
Baccara have said they would be willing to record a new version of the song with the Scotland squad ahead of Euro 2020.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Maria Mendiola – one half of the Spanish pop duo – said the song’s comeback had “uplifted me in a way you cannot imagine”.
She made contact with Considine via Instagram and has thanked the national team.
She added: “I will always thank the Scottish team and especially Andy Considine for making me so happy after 43 years.”
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