Every New Zealand #1 single…
Axel F by Crazy Frog
Topped the NZ chart: from 18 July 2005 for 11 weeks.
2005 just might be the worst year for #1 singles in the history of the NZ chart.
There were other offenders. The Black-Eyed Peas topped the charts twice, while Akon’s oddball ‘Lonely’ reigned at the top for 5 weeks. But the most successful artist of the year was a Swedish CGI frog.
Crazy Frog topped the charts three times in New Zealand during 2005. The Christmas single ‘Jingle Bells/Last Christmas’ topped the charts for all of December. This meant that the faux-amphibian rode astride the chart for nearly a third of the year.
In the US, ‘Axel F’ was far less successful – it crawled to #50 on the charts.
It’s disturbingly gimmicky. It does add new ideas to the original ‘Axel F’, a 1984 instrumental written and performed by Germany’s Harold Faltermeyer for Beverly Hills Cop. But the additions are excruciating. The video’s description of the titular frog as “the most annoying thing in the world” are on point.
The frog also became embroiled in controversy. Concerned parents complained against its visible genitalia.
The video’s cute, but it’s hard to imagine anyone voluntarily listening to the song itself more than once. Topping the charts for 11 weeks is inexplicable….
Are you a Crazy Frog apologist?