Block Buster!

"Block Buster!" (also sometimes listed as "Blockbuster!") is a 1973 single by Sweet. Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, and produced by Phil Wainman, "Block Buster!" was the band's sole UK No. 1 hit. Released in January 1973, it spent five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart,[6] and also made #1 in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Ireland, and #3 in Finland, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway. Outside Europe it peaked at #1 in New Zealand, #29 in Australia and at #73 on the American Billboard Hot 100.

"Block Buster!"
Block Buster! (The Sweet album) coverart.jpg
Single by Sweet
from the album The Sweet
B-side"Need a Lot of Lovin'"
ReleasedJanuary 1973
Songwriter(s)Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s)Phil Wainman
Sweet singles chronology
"Wig-Wam Bam"
"Block Buster!"
"Hell Raiser"


Chart (1973) Peak
Australia 29
Austria 1
Belgium 2
Denmark 1
Finland 3
Germany 1
Ireland 1
Italy 30
Netherlands 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 3
South Africa 7
Spain 12
Switzerland 3
United Kingdom[7] 1
United States[8] 73

In the case of Belgium, there are two types of lists. The one for the Flemish speaking part of Belgium (Flanders) saw the song reach number two, for five consecutive weeks,[9]. In the French speaking part (Wallonia) the song climbed to number one, for two consecutive weeks.[10]

Music and lyricsEdit

Its Muddy Waters-inspired blues riff is markedly similar to the one featured on fellow RCA act David Bowie's "The Jean Genie", released shortly before, but all parties maintain that this was a coincidence.[11]

TV performancesEdit

Some controversy rose after the band's performance of the song on the British television program Top of the Pops on December 25, 1973. In this performance, Sweet's bassist Steve Priest wore a Nazi uniform.[12]


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  8. ^ "Hot 100: The Sweet". Billboard. 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
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