Today, “‘Tubthumping’ turns 25! Singer explains why it was such a hit — and why he’s OK being a one-hit wonder”

One of the catchiest songs of the 1990s has turned 25 and is still as prevalent as ever.

By Drew Weisholtz, October 6, 2022

“I get knocked down, but I get up again/ You’re never gonna keep me down/ I get knocked down, but I get up again/ You’re never gonna keep me down.”

Admit it, you just sang those lines to yourself, didn’t you? It’s OK. I did, too, when I jotted them down. Such is the power of “Tubthumping,” the 1997 smash by British one-hit wonder Chumbawamba that remains catchier than a virus 25 years after it was first released.

Chumbawamba, the band with the funny name, had been grinding it out since it formed in 1982 before hitting pay dirt with “Tubthumping,” the song with the equally funny name from the album “Tubthumper” that marked a turning point for the group at a time when it had to figure out how to move forward.

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