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'American Idiot' could top UK charts in time for Trump visit

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong - a campaign to get the band's song American Idiot to number one ahead of Trump's UK visit is picking up steam. Source: Getty

British music fans want to make the Green Day song great again.

Ahead of Donald Trump's UK visit, protesters have been plotting to hijack the British music charts in a push to have a special song at number one just in time for his arrival.

A campaign to get Green Day’s 2004 hit ‘American Idiot’ to the top of the charts has attracted thousands of supporters and is well on the way to achieving the musical quest.

“Simple. When President Trump arrives on UK soil for his visit on Friday 13th July 2018, 'American Idiot' will be the official No.1 single. Are you in?” The campaign’s Facebook page reads.

The ‘Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump’s UK Visit’ organisers said they’ve rallied more than 20,000 supporters because it’s “hilarious”. They also said they know the campaign is “idiotic” but they’re doing it anyway.

The campaign only has a few more days left.
The campaign only has a few more days left.
Facebook/ Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump's UK Visit

The campaign asks supporters to download the song until July 13 with hopes to see it at number one on the official UK charts

So far the push is working - it is currently sitting at number 18 thanks to the help of protesters sharing the #MAIGA (Make American Idiot Great Again) message on social media. 

It has also spilled over to iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon Prime as supporters rush to download the track.

While the organisers are confident, they said if they don’t achieve their number one goal the effort was still worth it.

“We’ve had fun regardless and to chart it anywhere would still be a giggle.”

American Idiot was a huge hit for Green Day when it came out in 2004, targeting the George W Bush administration, it was released a year after the US invaded Iraq.

The song protest ahead of Trump's visit comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan defended his decision to approve permits for a six-metre high blimp of Trump dressed like a baby.

The blimp has been granted permission to rise above the British Parliament for two hours on Friday.

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