In the British charts, the song spent four weeks at number one in August 1982. This success was repeated around the globe; spending five weeks as the Kent Report's number one in Australia and reaching number one in April 1983 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also holds the distinction of preventing Michael Jackson from having back-to-back number one hits in the U.S. The number one hits "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" were separated by Dexys Midnight Runners' one-week stay at the top.
The song was also successful in Ireland, where it reached number one and spent a total of eleven weeks in the charts.
Have a great St. Patty's Day tomorrow! Wear something green, even if you're not Irish.