Jimmy Buffett's 1977 classic, ‘Margaritaville’, is enjoying a resurgence in popularity following the country icon's passing on September 1, 2023. As a result, the laidback, sun-soaked anthem has now reached the pinnacle of the US iTunes Chart.
‘Margaritaville’ is followed on the chart by another of Buffett's most loved tracks, ‘Come Monday’. The Beach Country pioneer's discography is being revisited by many listeners this week, as a range of artists continue to pay their respects to the hugely influential musician, with tributes being penned by Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney and more.
The Mississippi native's death was confirmed on Saturday, September 2, with his family announcing that, “Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many”.
Released as part of his game-changing 1977 album, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, ‘Margaritaville’ has evolved into Jimmy Buffett's definitive song.
The breezy, beachside soundtrack stands as the epitome of Jimmy Buffett's approach to songwriting, with his music being celebrated by many as a tropical-themed escape from everyday life. ‘Margaritaville’ remains the theme song for Buffett's loyal ‘Parrothead’ fanbase.
Upon its release, ‘Margaritaville’ ascended to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has since served as the inspiration for Buffett's international restaurant chain, his radio station, his tequila brand and the 2017 Escape to Margaritaville musical.
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