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'Go Cubs Go' Finally Hits Billboard Charts After 32 Years

By Patty Wetli | November 10, 2016 8:46am
 Bill Murray (center) performed
Bill Murray (center) performed "Go Cubs Go" with Cubs players David Ross (from left), Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo on "Saturday Night Live."
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WRIGLEYVILLE — The Chicago Cubs victory song "Go Cubs Go" is now a bona fide hit in its own right.

The late Steve Goodman recorded the tune in 1984, and now, 32 years later, the ditty finally has made the Billboard charts.

The song ranked No. 21 on the Pop Digital Song Sales chart, No. 49 on the Hot Digital Song Sales chart with 15,000 downloads and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100's Bubbling Under chart, according to Billboard.

Fueled by YouTube clicks, "Go Cubs Go" also was streamed 2.5 million times during the week ending Nov. 3.

It's not unheard of for songs to take a few years to catch fire, but the decadeslong climb of "Go Cubs Go" is a feat nearly as rare as the team's World Series championship.

As ubiquitous as the song has become, including a rendition on "Saturday Night Live," plenty of folks apparently are still unfamiliar with its words — beyond the obvious "go Cubs go" chorus.

Billboard reported that the song topped the LyricFind U.S. chart, which ranks lyric-search queries from more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora and iHeart Radio.

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