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In an interview with MTV News, Macklemore told the story behind ‘Thrift Shop,’ says: “Rappers talk about, oh I buy this and I buy that, and I spend this much money and I make it rain, and this type of champagne and painting the club, and this is the kind of record that’s the exact opposite. It’s the polar opposite of it. It’s kind of standing for like let’s save some money, let’s keep some money away, let’s spend as little as possible and look as fresh as possible at the same time.”

Release date

Released on February 5, 2013


Ben Haggerty – Ryan Lewis.



Chart Rankings

US – 1

UK – 1


In the US, ‘Thrift Shop’ peaked at number 1 for 6 non-consecutive weeks, became the second best selling single of 2013, and was the fifth all-time best selling digital single in the US. The single set a record as the first song to reach two million streams in a single week since the chart’s inception. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Diamond for sales over 7,740 million copies. In the UK, ‘Thrift Shop’ peaked at number 1 and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 934 thousand copies. The single also topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Lebanon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. It was certified 9 times Platinum in Australia, 8 times Platinum in Canada, Quadruple Platinum in New Zealand and Sweden, Triple Platinum in Denmark, and Platinum in Italy, Mexico and Switzerland.

Artist’s age on release date

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has been active for 5 years when they released this song.

Cover Versions

Pentatonix – Blue MC vs. Alex Hartung (The Voice 2014) – Alex G (Acoustic version) – Madilyn Bailey – Lindsey Stirling & Tyler Ward – Vintage “Grandpa Style” – Future Sunsets (Rock version) – Sincerely, Paisley (UMASS Amherst) – Dan Henig – Clara C – Von Smith – Like Vultures – Auto Tunes & Flula – Peter Lee Johnson – Johnny O – other amateur artists covered this song on YouTube.

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