Hey, Chicago, what do you say? It’s been a week since the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, and the excitement surrounding the club has yet to fade. Players are still making late-night TV appearances, David Ross has become everyone’s favorite sports grandpa and “Go, Cubs, Go” made its debut on the Billboard charts.
Yep. “Go, Cubs, Go,” the 1984 song by Steve Goodman that is played after every single Cubs home victory, is a national hit, according to Billboard.
The Cubs’ victory anthem, which plays at the end of every Cubs home win at Wrigley Field, enters the Pop Digital Song Sales chart (dated Nov. 19) at No. 21 and the Hot Digital Song Sales chart at No. 49 with 15,000 downloads in the week ending Nov. 3, according to Nielsen Music, a 125 percent gain from the previous week.
So, that’s a thing. We want to say we’re surprised, but we’re not going to shame Cubs’ fans after they went 108 years without a championship. If they want to constantly listen to a hokey, yet incredibly catchy, song about the Cubs winning games as part of their celebration, who are we to judge?
It also helps that the song gained some national recognition when Ross, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler and Bill Murray sang it during “Saturday Night Live.” It was already impossible to avoid the song prior to that moment, but it’s possible even the most casual baseball fans heard the performance and got hooked.
Given that this is a niche song, it’s tough to imagine “Go, Cubs, Go” staying on the Billboard charts for long. With that said, 108 years is a long time. It might be months before Cubs fans finally tire of the song.
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