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Jarvis Cocker Running the World Christmas no. 1
Dazed, 2011

(Cunts Are Still) ‘Running The World’ could be Christmas number one

There’s an unlikely revolt against the Tories in the form of a 13-year-old Jarvis Cocker tune

Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 song “Running The World”, which touches on austerity, corrupt politicians, and the class divide has entered the race to become Christmas number one after the Tories won last week’s election

It all kicked off when Darcie Shoenman Molina started a Facebook group titled “Fancy Getting “C**ts Are Still Running The World?” to UK Xmas No.1?” earlier this week. “In light of so much recent election horror, let’s do this, eh? Bit of fun to focus on for the next week,” they wrote on the page, which now has over 20,000 members. 

The song is up against Wham’s “Last Christmas”, Stormzy’s “Own It”, and a track about sausage rolls set to the tune of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll”, which is currently at number one on the iTunes chart. Jarvis is currently at number three, so really there’s everything to play for. 

The song includes lines such as “Use your right to protest on the street / yeah use your right, but don't imagine that it's heard” and “If you thought things had changed / friend, you'd better think again” – surprisingly fitting, no?

Cocker has also confirmed that all proceeds from sales of the track will be donated to homeless charity Shelter. So if you want to get it to the top spot, buy it on Apple Music here, Amazon here, or stream the shit out of it on Spotify below before midnight tomorrow (December 19).