Build Me Up Buttercup

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is a song written by Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay, and released by the Foundations in 1968 with Colin Young singing lead vocals. Young had replaced Clem Curtis during 1968, and this was the first Foundations hit on which he sang.

"Build Me Up Buttercup"
One of side-A labels of the UK vinyl single
Single by the Foundations
from the album Build Me Up Buttercup (U.S.)
B-side"New Direction"
Released8 November 1968 (UK)
3 December 1968 (US)
Producer(s)Tony Macaulay
The Foundations singles chronology
"Any Old Time"
"Build Me Up Buttercup"
"In the Bad Bad Old Days"

It hit No. 1 on the Cash Box Top 100[1] and No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1969. It was also a No. 2 hit in the United Kingdom, for two non-consecutive weeks, behind "Lily the Pink" by the Scaffold. It was quickly certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over a million US copies.

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is featured in the 1998 romantic comedy film There's Something About Mary[2] and the episode "Art Imitates Art" from the fourth season of the CBS TV detective series Elementary. The track also features in the 2020 film The Kissing Booth 2,[3] as well as in a series of 202021 Geico commercials.[4]



Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  • Colin Young – vocals
  • Alan Warner – lead guitar
  • Peter Macbeth – bass guitar
  • Tim Harris – drums, percussion
  • Tony Gomez – keyboards
  • Mike Elliott – tenor saxophone
  • Eric Allandale – trombone
  • Mike D'Abo – piano

Other versions

A version by British trio Partyboys reached No. 44 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003.[15]


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