Everyone has a song that always pops into their head and you can never get it out until you hear another crazy catchy song! The Wonder Weird office has an employee that hums and whistles the super catchy song "Popcorn" so much, we had to write an article about it.
"Popcorn" is an early synthpop instrumental, composed by Gershon Kingsley in 1969 and first appearing on his album Music to Moog By. Many people thought it was done by a duo or band called "Gershon-Kinsley" due to a misprint on the record. The song's title may refer to the short staccato or sharp "popping" sound used, or to pop music and its being 'corny' and that is why we all love the song. When you listen to it all you can think of is popcorn popping!!
Gershon Kingsley recorded this song and his whole album using the Moog Synthesizer. It was a sound that was not heard of that much until this album and single were released.
Let's take a listen to the original version done by Gershon Kingsley... but don't say we didn't warn you that it will be trapped in your head all day (listen at your own risk)
Like we said, super catchy and super fun, but in 1972 a band called HOT BUTTER did a cover of the song and took it all the way to #9 on the hot 100 charts! In fact, this version of "Popcorn" is the 131st best-selling single of all time in France, with about 900,000 sales. Let's listen to this version and see what the difference was that made it such a big hit. (again listen at your own risk)
Did you hear the difference between the two versions? Which one did you like more? Did you know there are well over 200 versions of this song? You can hear more and learn more about this great song on this great website http://popcorn-song.com/
Before we leave this topic, take a listen to this very interesting take of the song by the man who created it, here's Gershon Kingsley on piano...
Thank you Mr. Kingsley for making such great, fun and catchy music that really POPS!