#soon! Part Un - The 60s-00s Girl Band Debut Breakthrough Rate


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Yes me, too - but there was no "or a" between the 1 and the 0. It may have started as trash but today it's iconic.

Me attempting to find the “iconic” part of this song:

And the mammoth that faces extinction is.....



Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song

Average Score: 6.309
Highest Score: 10 x 2 (@soratami, @Sprockrooster)
Lowest Score: 0 (@DominoDancing, @Baby Clyde, @Empty Shoebox)​

Well I certainly wasn’t kidding when I said we were losing a mammoth! The Ketchup Song is still one of the most successful debut singles of all time and a giant sales titan! It has racked up so many sales and was at the 7 million copies mark back in 2006, so who knows how many it is actually on today. The parent debut album has achieved 12 million sales (that we know) - which putting it in perspective, is the sort of number Shania or Mariah achieved in the US when their albums get **DIAMOND** certification!

Many have referred and continue to refer to it as the ‘troll’ entry of the list and I must say, although it was a strange choice for inclusion – the song is the definition of a debut breakthrough, topping the charts in 26 countries and having some of the longest legs on the charts of any songs here. In fact, it is one of the prime examples of a start so successful, it is just about impossible to replicate with later releases. Las Ketchup certainly tried, giving us more of the same with subsequent releases but it seemed the world was only ever there for one helping of ketchup. Their band name was probably not suitable for a long term career, we have to assume they were just planning on the one novelty song and the thing went viral beyond their wildest dream? (Credit to @londonrain & @Russron, the name is a reference to their father's career under Tomatito)

The Ketchup Song, in all its silliness is actually quite a fun and strong little tune! It is the definition of an earworm and the unrelenting beat drives you to the dancefloor as soon as you hear the first notes. As you’d all know, it started off in Spanish (Aserejé) and was so successful there an English adaptation saw a wide scope release, which is what brought it to our world. Much like the song it tied with before the 10 point tiebreaker, it is roped in controversy! The original title for the song (if broken down) supposedly makes reference to a demonic being. The group members have refuted this was the aim but the whole thing is so fun and bizarre, I recommend you read the buzzfeed article here or ask @Russron.

Las Ketchup are currently not active in releasing new music but did take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, where they placed 21st. They are probably the sort of band you would place next to Los Del Rio, Right Said Fred or even Aqua in terms of releasing one defining song (and sure Aqua has a string of follow-up hits) that the mass remember you for – so you are a fond memory but most are happy to leave you in the past.

Let’s see why PopJustice didn’t feel like much ketchup with their fries.

Zar-Unity (9.5) enjoys this though! - So strange, part of this vocal line I've heard in a K3 song before! Tech: 5 Taste: 4 +.5 = 9.5 points. Kermit_The_Frog (6) finds more to enjoy than not - I kind of like this song (even if I feel mildly ashamed saying so). I mean, I’d rather dance to this than Macarena or Saturday Night or Cha-Cha Slide… ComeOnGloria (7) has quite the nostalgia trip - Who didn't learn the words?

Saviodxl (7.7) has a localised version that sounds just as much fun - Guilty pleasure, right? That's what we should call it? I danced so much to this (ok not this this, but the brazilian version by pop group Rouge entitled 'Ragatanga' here in latin America). Un Bloody Mary por favor! Spillett (7) admits it - (guilty pleasure) Filippa (7) is really trying to shake off the rate villain tag - The song was fun! I like the melody, the rhythm and the energy!

Trouble In Parardise (7.5) is me! - Honestly, this song is still very enjoyable and I won’t hide that I bop every time I listen. Like, I get embarrassed when I look at the score I’m giving but then I listen and I’m like, nope this is dope. Empty Shoebox (0) takes you back to the beginning - Just listen to "Rapper's Delight" instead. At least it was in that car advert, and that advert was good.

Sprockrooster (10) is right, dammit! - This song is such a breath of sunlight it can pearce through the darkest clouds. DominoDancing (0) is being ruthless - No points for crap novelty songs. Iheartpoptarts (5) spots the troll but loves anyway - Oh hi there obvious troll song. Still a cute bop though. Ufint (6) is thankful - Thank God they were a one hit wonder because this was fucking annoying. Kudos to me for still knowing the dance by heart, and my kids doing the same. Unnameable (3) ends us with how the majority of voters must have felt – not my bag when it comes to novelty tracks

DjHazey brings science into the conversation (8) - Honestly it's not as bad as I thought it might be because I feared the worst thinking it was some kind of messy cheesefest. Fun fact is that anything in music with food in the title just never works for me. I don't know what it is because I love food, trust me, but it doesn't mix well with pop songs and it's not an aphrodisiac either. Ew. So I was worried there would be something about ketchup prominent in the chorus; since there isn't I'll give it a pass.

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Harmless bop, but I don't really want anything with the word ketchup in my music library so an 8 in a rate is the best they're going to do.