It’s been almost two years since Duncan Laurence‘s Eurovision 2019 winning song “Arcade” was released but the song continues to find success. “Arcade” has now entered the UK Trending Chart Top 20, a recognition of the song’s continuing popularity on the TikTok platform.
The Trending Chart tracks the hottest emerging songs in the UK each week — and that’s exactly what has seen “Arcade” enter the chart at No.18.
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) February 10, 2021
“Arcade” also continues with its place in the UK Official Singles Chart. Following its Eurovision grand final performance, the song debuted in the UK chart on 30 May 2019 at No.67. Its second appearance in the chart was almost year and a half later, when it re-entered on 14 January 2021 at No.90.
The Eurovision 2019 winning song has now clocked up five weeks in the UK Singles Chart and is currently sitting at No. 78.
Recent Eurovision winners in the UK single chart
While the peak chart position of “Arcade” is not as high as most recent Eurovision winners, the five-week chart run of “Arcade” is only beaten by Loreen’s “Euphoria” which spent 16 weeks in the UK chart.
- “Euphoria” No.3 peak, 16 weeks on chart
- “Heroes” No.11 peak, 4 weeks on chart
- “Only Teardrops”, No.15 peak, 3 weeks on chart
- “Rise Like a Phoenix”, No.17 peak, 2 weeks on chart
- “Satellite”, No.30 peak, 3 weeks on chart
- “Toy” No.49 peak, 1 week on chart
- “Running Scared”, No.61 peak, 1 week on chart
- “Amar pelos dois” No.97 peak, 1 week on chart
TikTok still loves “Arcade”
The song’s continued success is largely related to its popularity on TikTok. Back in October, “Arcade” had gone viral on TikTok, with fans using it to make “Dracotok” videos. The videos highlighted a cut scene from a Harry Potter film, showing the good side of Draco Malfoy.
Duncan joined in with the fun, making his own Harry Potter-inspired TikTok.
@duncanlaurenceThanks for all your Harry Potter videos featuring “Arcade”! Here’s mine. 🤭 ##arcadechallenge ##harrypotter ##lovingyouisalosinggame ##draco♬ son original – 🐍Serpentard🐍
But the song isn’t just being used in Harry Potter tributes. The emotional message of “Arcade” seems to have resonated with TikTok users, particularly the lyric “All I know, all I know / Loving you is a losing game”.
The song has been used in thousands of videos on the platform, including the recent “Guess my degree” meme. To date, “Arcade” has been used in over 206,900 TikTok videos, while a remix of the song has been used 352,500 times. A recent version of the song with the American singer FLETCHER duetting with Duncan has proven just as popular, with the song used over 266,800 times.
The continued popularity of “Arcade” shows that a Eurovision winning song can have a new life beyond the song contest, discovered by new audiences who might not have even seen Duncan’s live performance in Tel Aviv.
And with Eurovision 2021 just months away, will the next edition of the contest give us a song that has an afterlife like “Arcade”?
What do you think? Have you come across “Arcade” in non-Eurovision places? Is going viral more of an achievement than getting a platinum record? Tell us your thoughts below!