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What a world: Thatcher death re-charts 'Ding Dong!'

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387301651.661068.jpgAnd this week's big pop hits are from ... "The Wizard of Oz"?!

Many Britons saw Monday's news of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's death as a cause for celebration. After years of pop songs excoriating the conservative British leader, those cheered by Thatcher's demise have turned to a standard as they raise their pint glasses.

By the end of Tuesday, three different versions of the song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" had re-entered the charts.

According to Britain's song rankings at the Official Charts Company, Judy Garland's version had reappeared as high as No. 54. Ella FitzGerald's version has hit No. 146, and the Munchkins' original has reached No. 183.

A Facebook group has popped up encouraging people to download the song in order to send it to No. 1.

The song, written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen, is from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz."

"Ding Dong" also has reached No. 9 on iTunes and No. 2 on Amazon downloads.

Still awaiting the rediscovery of Klaus Nomi's wacky version ...

Meanwhile, even though he wrote numerous songs railing against Thatcher and her policies, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg chimed in this week with a more measured response, posting a statement on his Facebook page that ends with a nice twist in protest singer Joe Hill's words: "Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don't celebrate -- organize!"

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