“Go Cubs Go” Hits the Billboard Charts for the First Time Ever
Steve Goodman's Cubs anthem, "Go Cubs Go" is officially a hit. Not bad for a song that was written and recorded 32 years ago.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
"Go Cubs, Go" was written and recorded in 1984 at the request of Dan Fabian, then the program director and head of promotions at WGN-AM. (An original lyric — "Baseball time is here again/You can catch it all on WGN" — is now outdated since games are now heard on WSCR-AM 670.)
And, now that the Cubs have won the World Series, the song has actually charted, sort of. According to Billboard,
...downloads of the song were up 125 percent, while it racked up 2.5 million streaming plays during the week the Cubs won, giving it the No. 21 spot on the Pop Digital Song Sales chart. Along with the old fashioned charts, "Go Cubs Go" was a hit on iTunes and Spotify, too.
I've know that many people (including me) love the song, but there's also quite a few who don't. For the song-haters out there, think of it like this. You hate brussel sprouts, but if you were given a handful of cash every time you saw them on your plate, you'd learn to love them (or at least tolerate them) because of the cash. Same thing with the song. That song means that the Cubs have won, so...uh...eat your brussel sprouts, I guess.
Ready for the sing-along section of the post?
Here's the late Steve Goodman performing another one you may be familiar with, "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request."