The renaissance of Duncan Laurence‘s Eurovision 2019 winning song continues. After simmering around the low end of the UK Singles Chart, “Arcade” has now shot up to the top 40, this week sitting at No.39.

The new chart position was announced by UK Eurovision semi-final commentator Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1’s show The Official Chart on Radio 1.

Duncan excitedly shared news of his new chart position, posting a clip of the chart announcement, adding “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG”.

The Top 40 appearance follows “Arcade” making this week’s UK Trending Chart, which picked up on the song’s increasing popularity.

The position of “Arcade” at No.39 is its highest UK chart place yet.

Following the Eurovision grand final performance, “Arcade” 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 early this year on 14 January 2021 at No.90.

Though at No.39, “Arcade” has a little way to go before it overtakes Daði Freyr’s Eurovision 2020 song “Think About Things” which peaked at No.34 last June.

“Arcade” has now clocked up six weeks in the UK Singles Chart. Compared to recent Eurovision winners, “Arcade” has spent the second-longest time in the UK Singles Chart, beaten only by Loreen’s hit “Euphoria”.

  1. “Euphoria” No.3 peak, 16 weeks on chart
  2. “Heroes” No.11 peak, 4 weeks on chart
  3. “Only Teardrops”, No.15 peak, 3 weeks on chart
  4. “Rise Like a Phoenix”, No.17 peak, 2 weeks on chart
  5. “Satellite”, No.30 peak, 3 weeks on chart
  6. “Arcade”, No.39 peak, 6 weeks on chart
  7. “Toy” No.49 peak, 1 week on chart
  8. “Running Scared”, No.61 peak, 1 week on chart
  9. “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. The refrain “All I know, All I know / Loving you is a losing game” has struck a chord with TikTok creators.

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 song has been used in hundreds of thousands of videos on the platform. To date, “Arcade” has been used in over 208,700 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 274,300 times.

 

The continued popularity of “Arcade” shows that a Eurovision winning song can have a new life beyond the song contest and the new role that TikTok can have in helping a song find a new audience.

While TikTok has a reputation as favouring songs with catchy dances, the success of “Arcade” shows that sometimes having a well-written song that connects with listeners is what matters the most.

And with Eurovision 2021 just months away, will the next edition of the contest give us another TikTok hit?

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!

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Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I’ve always been surprised that Arcade did not take off after ESC in countries like UK and Ireland where songs like Arcade and singers like Duncan usually enjoy radio success. I guess it wasn’t a good timing as it’s almost summer and people want something uplifting to listen to. So happy for Duncan, he’s talented and a well-deserved winner. I am still confused how it did not win the jury vote and entries like Proud and that Swedish song got a few more points, it’s crazy! Anyway, I think it will get a new peak next week (fingers crossed for… Read more »

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner, honestly. The UK loves singer-songwriter stuff like Lewis Capaldi or Ed Sheeran and Duncan here blows both of them out of the water.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

On a related note: even though I’m pretty sure I played most of the 2019 songs for my family before the contest, my sister didn’t know “Arcade” was a Eurovision song until it blew up on TikTok. I guess the real mark of a Eurovision winner is becoming a TikTok meme, seeing as now “Arcade” and “Toy” have gotten a boost of popularity two years after their respective victories. Could we do this for other Eurovision winners from longer ago? Is there any way to make “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” a meme?

Hanna
Hanna
2 months ago

Tik tok is a bubble, a lot of songs that became viral are not the best, and despite the million daily streams, we all know who is the true, shining and talented star of Eurovision in these recent years.

Az*rbaijan
Az*rbaijan
2 months ago

Meh this guy is a flop, like any other ESC winner… comments here are so cringe lmao talm bout “unstoppable” jaksjsjshsjsjsj

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Az*rbaijan

A FLOP??? Hahaah come on man, everything but a flop..

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
2 months ago
Reply to  Az*rbaijan

A flop? LOL. A flop wouldn’t come in the UK CHarts Top 40 2 years after its release.

Harm Stirnberg
Harm Stirnberg
2 months ago
Reply to  Az*rbaijan

Maybe you are a flop,lol

MTD
MTD
2 months ago

I still find it as a boring and mediocre winner.

While everyone predicted that it will win with a landslide, the truth is that it won largely as a compromise – other songs won the jury vote (and Arcade not even being second) while few others were more of a televote favorites.

Henry
Henry
2 months ago
Reply to  MTD

Arcade only got 4 points less from the Jury’s than number two (Sweden) and only 10 points less than the Number one (North Macedonia)…So that’s NOT a big difference at all.. And Duncan became second with the televote, only Norway got more points, so who are the “few” other televote favorites you mentioned? Arcade was the ONLY song who ended up in the top 3 with both Jury’s and Televote…so yes, this was a worthy winner.

sTommie
sTommie
2 months ago
Reply to  Henry

And both the Italian and Russian juries very conveniently didn’t vote for the other artists that finished in the final top 4. Russia didn’t vote for Duncan, Mahmood and Luca. Italy didn’t vote for Duncan, Sergey and Luca.
Besides, unlike the bookmaker’s predictions, the OGAE voting had Duncan only third. 2019 was a far more open year then what the odds suggested.

Ben
Ben
2 months ago
Reply to  sTommie

OGAE is a very specific audience.

Malmö 2013
Malmö 2013
2 months ago

Loreen actually would have been number 1, but british people aren’t so open minded about refugee backrounded people like we are in Sweden

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

I don’t understand why success in the UK is considered more of an achievement than success in other countries.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I understand the historical and industry-based reasons for it…but I don’t like it. Not all vestiges of empire were unravelled.

That said, the UK has a very crowded music market so Duncan deserves to celebrate breaking through 2 years after Arcade’s release. I hope people listen to his other songs!

Last edited 2 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Culturally the UK has a great impact internationally – especially musically (Adele, Ed Sheeran s as well as historically – spice girls, Beatles etc). It’s probably in part due to language….

Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Me neither….

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

That fact proofs us how strong and beautiful “Arcade ” is. I am so proud of “our” Duncan

sTommie
sTommie
2 months ago

The second life success of Arcade feels a bit surreal, especially since it goes on for months now. At the moment there are more then a million daily streams on Spotify. And since this week it is certified gold in Sweden. I get the impression Duncan himself is as surprised as most of us. 

Last edited 2 months ago by sTommie
Stephanie
2 months ago
Reply to  sTommie

It was also certified gold in Poland

Loin dici
2 months ago

Wow. And that’s almost 2 years after its release!

Pip
Pip
2 months ago

That’s great! Congratulations to Duncan! I hope Jamala finds a way to make 1944 TikTok relevant because she’s the only winner of last decade not to have charted in the UK top 100!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Pip

Yeah…a song about the deportation of Crimean Tartars is ripe for TikTok memes.

Not everything wants or needs to be TikTok relevant.

Last edited 2 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Pip

But I agree with you Jamala’s fabulous! She’s just not particularly Top40.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

As Conchita would say, Duncan is UNSTOPPABLE! 😉