We're ditching the scarves, turning off the central heating, and preparing to expose a little more flesh. Yes, it's spring!
The change in season got us thinking: how often does the subject of spring crop up in the Official Chart? We don't mean popstars actually singing about spring – because that would be too obvious and also perhaps rather difficult to remember them all – but words you might associate with spring popping up in song titles. Are you guaranteed a hit if you lace your song titles with seasonal metadata? can you even go to Number 1?
With that in mind, we delved into the chart archive and thought up some words you'd associate with spring to see which had the best success rate. No, you get a new hobby.
Shockingly, there are very few hits containing the words "spring". Just three! The first was legendary Tony Bennett with Come Next Spring, Number 29 in 1956, Love Unlimited's It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring) from 1975, and most recently, La Primavera (which literally translates to springtime) by German producers Sash! - a Number 3 smash in 1998.
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Given spring itself was so overlooked, we had to look further afield. Think spring, think flowers, right? Bloom's solitary representative comes from Nirvana (In Bloom, 28, 1992), but there are plenty of fully formed bouquets. Highest charting "flowers" song is a Number 1! Scott McKenzie's hippy anthem San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) hit the top in 1967. Most up-to-date floral tune is Post Malone's Sunflower, Number 2 in 2018, and other notables include Flowers in the Rain by The Move (the first song ever to be played on Radio 1), which peaked at 2 in 1967, and Sweet Female Attitude's Flowers, also a Number 2 hit, in 2000.
Another spring staple? Bunnies! "Rabbit" has nibbled its way into the Top 40 three times – most recently in the shape of Rabbit Heart by Florence + the Machine, Number 12 in 2009, but most successfully and famously for Chas and Dave. As for lambs, they only get one mention, from Paul McCartney's Wings, Number 9 in 1972.
Chas and Dave – officially the highest charting rabbit-themed song of all time
Spring means Easter, and there's nothing for "egg", but as you might expect, the word "chick" fares a little better – perhaps because it is the radio-friendlier substitution of the word "b**ch". David Guetta's Sexy Chick went to Number 1 in 2009, and Charlotte Church's Crazy Chick was a Number 2 in 2005.
Nine blossoms have graced the chart, with two going to Number 1, although they were both the same song, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, by different artists in the same year – 1955.
For the most popular spring-based song title, we're back to baby animals again. Repping the baby goat community is "kid", which has charted 18 times. it's never had a Number 1 – poor kid – but it's got close a few times. Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue took their Kids to Number 2 in 2000, Kim Wilde's Kids in America also settled for runner-up slot in 1981.
They're gonna give it all of their love – Robbie and Kylie's Kids are the highest
Here's our full list of springy anthems that reached the Top 40. Have we missed one? We're only human – let us know! If you can stand it, we have made a playlist of a selected few – find it at the bottom of the page.
|COME NEXT SPRING||TONY BENNETT||29||1956|
|IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT'S SPRING)||LOVE UNLIMITED||11||1975|
|FLOWERS||SWEET FEMALE ATTITUDE||2||2000|
|FLOWERS||NATHAN DAWE FT JAYKAE||12||2020|
|FLOWERZ||ARMAND VAN HELDEN/ROLAND CLARK||18||1999|
|FLOWERS OF ROMANCE||PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED||24||1981|
|FLOWERS IN THE RAIN||THE MOVE||2||1967|
|FLOWERS ON THE WALL||THE STATLER BROTHERS||38||1966|
|FLOWERS IN THE WINDOW||TRAVIS||18||2002|
|SUNFLOWER||POST MALONE FT SWAE LEE||3||2018|
|WILD FLOWER||THE CULT||24||1987|
|EDIBLE FLOWERS||FINN BROTHERS||32||2005|
|LIFE IS A FLOWER||ACE OF BASE||5||1998|
|SAY IT WITH FLOWERS||DOROTHY SQUIRES AND RUSS CONWAY||23||1961|
|FADING LIKE A FLOWER||ROXETTE||12||1991|
|FADING LIKE A FLOWER||DANCING DJS V ROXETTE||18||2005|
|YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS||BARBRA STREISAND AND NEIL DIAMOND||5||1978|
|SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS INYOUR HAIR)||SCOTT MCKENZIE||1||1967|
|MAMMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN||QUEEN LATIFAH AND DE LA SOUL||14||1990|
|APRIL LOVE||PAT BOONE||7||1957|
|APRIL SKIES||THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN||8||1987|
|FIRST OF MAY||THE BEE GEES||6||1969|
|RABBIT||CHAS AND DAVE||8||1980|
|RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP)||FLORENCE & THE MACHINE||12||2009|
|O' MY FATHER HAD A RABBIT||RAY MOORE||24||1986|
|MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB||WINGS||9||1972|
|CHICK LIT||WE ARE SCIENTISTS||37||2008|
|SEXY CHICK||DAVID GUETTA FT AKON||1||2009|
|CRAZY CHICK||CHARLOTTE CHURCH||2||2005|
|I LOVE MY CHICK||BUSTA RHYMES||8||2006|
|WHO'S THAT CHICK||DAVID GUETTA FT RIHANNA||6||2010|
|NOW I'M THAT CHICK||LIVVI FRANC FT PITBULL||40||2009|
|A BLOSSOM FELL||NAT 'KING' COLE||3||1955|
|A BLOSSOM FELL||DICKIE VALENTINE||9||1955|
|A BLOSSOM FELL||RONNIE HILTON||10||1955|
|ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL||SPOTNICKS||29||1962|
|CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE||EDDIE CALVERT||1||1955|
|CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE||PEREZ 'PREZ' PRADO AND HIS ORCHESTRA||1||1955|
|CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE FT JOHN DU PREZ||MODERN ROMANCE FEATURING JOHN DU PREZ||15||1982|
|I'LL BE WITH YOU IN APPLE BLOSSOM TIME||ROSEMARY JUNE||14||1959|
|KIDS||ROBBIE WILLIAMS/KYLIE MINOGUE||2||2000|
|KID 2000||HYBRID FT CHRISSIE HYNDE||32||2000|
|KIDS IN AMERICA||KIM WILDE||2||1981|
|HEY KID||MATT WILLIS||11||2006|
|NEW KID IN TOWN||EAGLES||20||1977|
|THE KIDS ARE BACK||TWISTED SISTER||32||1983|
|THE KID'S LAST FIGHT||FRANKIE LAINE||3||1954|
|THE KIDS AREN'T ALRIGHT||OFFSPRING||11||1999|
|RICH KIDS||RICH KIDS||24||1978|
|C'MON KIDS||BOO RADLEYS||18||1996|
|CRAZY KIDS||KESHA FT WILL I AM||27||2013|
|IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED||SHAM 69||9||1978|
|JOY||SOUL II SOUL||4||1992|
|JOYBRINGER||MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND||9||1973|
|JOY AND PAIN||DONNA ALLEN||10||1989|
|JOY OF LIVING||CLIFF AND HANK||25||1970|
|JOY TO THE WORLD||THREE DOG NIGHT||24||1971|
|JOY AND HEARTBREAK FT CARROLL THOMPSON||MOVEMENT 98 FEATURING CARROLL THOMPSON||27||1990|
|FLOY JOY||THE SUPREMES||9||1972|
|ODE TO JOY||BBC CONCERT OR/JACKSON||36||1996|
|SONG OF JOY||MIGUEL RIOS||16||1970|
|YOU BRING ME JOY||AMELIA LILY||2||2012|
|LET'S DANCE TO JOY DIVISION||WOMBATS||15||2007|
|SHOWER YOUR LOVE||KULA SHAKER||14||1999|
|CHAMPAGNE SHOWERS||LMFAO/NATALIA KILLS||32||2011|
|SILVER SCREEN SHOWER SCENE||FELIX DA HOUSECAT||39||2002|
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