“Go, Cubs, Go,” the popular anthem of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, has landed on the Billboard charts for the first time ever.
The song, written by the late Steve Goodman and released in 1984, is played after every Cubs’ victory at Wrigley Field. The song took on a life of its own as the Cubbies embarked upon their ultimately successful quest to break the so-called “curse” that left the team without a World Series title for 108 years.
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.
“Go, Cubs, Go” also raked in 2.5 million U.S. streams in the tracking week (the bulk from YouTube clicks), a 110 percent increase. In all, the song’s sales and streams (it garnered no significant airplay last week) also spark its debut at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100’s Bubbling Under chart.
The song’s popularity, obviously a huge hit already among Cubs fans, likely saw a boost after Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler were joined by Cubs superfan/jester Bill Murray — who presided over all the pomp and circumstance after the Cubs clinched the Series in Game 7 last week — to perform it during “Weekend Update” last week on “Saturday Night Live.”
Everything’s coming up Cubbies, that’s for sure.