The ‘Saltburn’ Effect: The Rise of ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ & ‘Perfect (Exceeder)’

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably had the Saltburn soundtrack stuck in your head on repeat (better that than the bathtub scene). Just like the TikTok-driven success of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ through Stranger Things, Emma Fennell’s 2023 black comedy thriller has seen the resurgence of two 00s hits in particular: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ and Mason and Princess Superstar’s ‘Perfect (Exceeder)’. Join us as we delve into the rise of these trending tracks. 

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A song that definitely has us not wanting to “kill the groove”, Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s signature hit ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ appeared on her debut album, Read My Lips. From school discos to club floors, this song is a certified British staple, and saw initial success upon its 2001 release, peaking at number two on the UK Official Singles chart (remaining on the chart for 16 weeks)! The nu-disco anthem wasn’t only a hit in her home country but also became a top 10 hit worldwide, reportedly being the most played song in Europe in 2002, as well as breaking into the US, reaching ninth on the Billboard Maxi-Singles Sales chart! 

Flash forward to 2024, and 23 years later, ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ has re-entered the UK Official Singles chart at number eight, becoming a dual-generational hit, all thanks to Saltburn! Ellis-Bextor’s hit appears during the film’s final scene, in which Barry Keoghan’s character, Oliver, dances through the titular grand country estate naked. The scene has since sparked a viral TikTok trend in which users recreate the dance, with even Sophie Ellis-Bextor herself participating! Since its revival, the track has entered the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Ellis-Bextor’s first appearance on the chart and her biggest international success to date! 

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Also thriving on ‘SaltburnTok’ is Dutch DJ-producer Mason and American DJ/rapper Princess Superstar’s 2006 indie sleaze anthem ‘Perfect (Exceeder)’, a mashup of Mason’s 2006 instrumental ‘Exceeder’ and Princess Superstar’s 2005 single ‘Perfect’. The noughties dance hit appears during the film’s Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed party, and with its pulsating beat and catchy repetitive lyrics (“One, two, three, four/ Let me hear you scream if you want some more”), we’re not surprised it’s caught on!

Upon its initial release, ‘Perfect (Exceeder)’ was a big club hit across Europe and parts of South America, peaking at number three on the UK Official Singles Chart. Its traction from Saltburn has since seen the track return to the Top 40 of this chart 17 years later, as well as Stateside success, with Princess Superstar scoring her first US chart entry with the track debuting at number twelve on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart!

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The rapid resurgence of these two tracks through Saltburn really emphasises the impact of media introducing classic hits to new audiences, with these not being the only examples this year. The 2023 rom-com, Anyone But You, has also seen Natasha Bedingfield’s pop hit ‘Unwritten’ trend this month since its release 20 years ago. 





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