Christmas Number One’s – Where Are They?

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I often wonder why I love Christmas music so much and all I can think of is the quality of tunes that were about when I was a nipper. We’re going back to the early 70’s here and I remember the ground was covered in snow, it was cold and frosty everywhere and I got just what I wanted for Christmas…A Bike!

I was 11 years old then and feel it was the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! And I think that’s why Christmas music has such a happy ‘feel-good‘ vibe for me. The year was 1973 and in the charts that week were:

  • Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
  • Wizzard – I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday
  • Elton John – Step Into Christmas

3 Absolute Christmas classics and still played every year since. The year before saw John Lennon’s ‘Happy Christmas -War is Over‘ and the year after gave us Mud’s ‘Lonely this Christmas‘ and the seasonal classic by the Wombles namely ‘A Wombling Merry Christmas

So those 3 years saw me hit teenage angst, but the Christmas music has stayed with me to this day. Not only that but I love everything about this season as seen in my blog. The music makes Christmas so special.

Nowadays, certainly in the last eight years, has seen the X-Factor winner dominate the charts with the usual dour wailing somehow making it a Christmas hit. Those aren’t proper ‘Christmas‘ Number Ones! I think to be a Christmas number one hit, the song should be about Christmas, not about one hit wonders having their 15 minutes of fame.

What Makes A Christmas Number One For Me?

A song should either have ‘Christmas’ in the title or at least have some sleigh bells jingling in the background somewhere. The video should have snow, Christmas Trees and Lights, snowmen, Santa’s, Christmas bells…that sort of thing!

Over the years since the Christmas charts began, there have only been a handful of good Christmas Songs that have made number one.

Here I list what I call proper Christmas Number 1 hits of the last 30 years.

  • 1994  Stay Now – East 17
  • 1990 Cliff Richard – Saviors Day
  • 1988 Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine
  • 1985 Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
  • 1984 Band Aid – Do they Know It’s Christmas

Only 5…astonishing! Mind you, there have been plenty of hits that should have been number one which include Wham – Last Christmas, The Pretenders – 2000 Miles, Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You, Aled Jones – Walking In the Air, Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York, Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas, Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas, The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)…any of these would make a Christmas Number One in my eyes and there’s plenty more I haven’t mentioned.

Trouble is, the X Factor seems to have taken over the charts at Christmas, but there have been efforts to stop this happening by people being encouraged to buy none X Factor songs such as Rage Against The Machine and the like. That’s fine, but at least make them Christmassey!

christmas number one wishI see this years effort, 2014, of keeping Simon Cowells winning dirge off the top spot involves Paul McCartney and Jennifer Hudson singing probably the worst song of 2014 (for me, anyway) called ‘Say Something’….it’s gonna be horrible!

If anyone wants to try and get to number one with a proper Christmas song, why not do it properly with a tune like Louis Armstrong’s ‘Zat You, Santa Claus? This is a top Christmas song that should be given more air time.

Anyway, enough Humbug from me…let’s step into Christmas like we’re walking on the air and make this the last Christmas we ever see a non-festive tune at Christmas Number One!