The highest charting spring-themed songs

Every vaguely spring-like song that has reached the Top 40 of the Official Singles Chart.

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.

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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.Β 

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
COME NEXT SPRING TONY BENNETT 29 1956
IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT'S SPRING) LOVE UNLIMITED 11 1975
LA PRIMAVERA SASH! 3 1998
IN BLOOM NIRVANA 28 1992
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
SUNFLOWER PAUL WELLER 16 1993
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
BIRTH PEDDLERS 17 1969
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
HIPPY CHICK SOHO 8 1990
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
BLOSSOMS FALLING OOBERMAN 39 1999
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
SEVEN DAFFODILS MOJOS 30 1964
SEVEN DAFFODILS CHEROKEES 33 1964
DAISY ASHNIKKO 24 2020
OOPSY DAISY CHIPMUNK 1 2009
DAISIES KATY PERRY 37 2020
EASTER MARILLION 34 1990
KID THE PRETENDERS 33 1979
KIDS ROBBIE WILLIAMS/KYLIE MINOGUE 2 2000
KIDS MGMT 16 2008
KIDZ TAKE THAT 28 2011
KID 2000 HYBRID FT CHRISSIE HYNDE 32 2000
KIDS AGAIN EXAMPLE 13 2014
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
COOL KIDS ECHOSMITH 17 2015
RICH KIDS RICH KIDS 24 1978
C'MON KIDS BOO RADLEYS 18 1996
CRAZY KIDS KESHA FT WILL I AM 27 2013
TRICKY KID TRICKY 28 1997
IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED SHAM 69 9 1978
JOY SOUL II SOUL 4 1992
JOY STAXX 14 1997
JOY BAND A.K.A. 24 1983
JOY MARK RYDER 34 2001
JOY! GAY DAD 22 1999
JOYRIDE ROXETTE 4 1991
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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