It's that time of year again...The shops are packed, mince pies are flowing and the hum of Christmas songs is just about everywhere!
We've had some discussion in our office to narrow it down to our top 6 songs below.
Regularly voted the greatest Christmas song of all time, could we really leave this off the list? When the song was first released in 1987 it didn’t even take the Christmas number one slot that year, but it has since reached the UK Top 20 on fourteen separate occasions. Not bad for a Christmas song recorded as a bet and in the middle of summer.
Fun fact – Shane McGowan was born on Christmas day.
Mariah originally didn’t want to record this song (and had to be convinced!) but we don’t think she regrets it – According to the NY Post, Mariah collects over $3 MILLION a year in royalties from it. A Children’s book and film have been created from the song so it’s safe to say it’s popular with everyone. It has even certified Platinum as a ringtone.
Fun Fact – The song was written in 15 minutes.
‘Last Christmas’ is the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach #1 and it’s not even technically about Christmas, but we couldn’t leave it off our list. Released in 1984 (the same year as Ban-Aid), Wham! Donated their royalties from Last Christmas to the Ethiopian Famine.
Fun Fact - The song's music video was the last time that George Michael was filmed without a beard
White Christmas is a HUGE Christmas song - It’s the most popular Christmas song ever recorded with Crosby’s version alone has sold over fifty million copies worldwide. Written in 1942 for the film Holiday Inn, it was later used in 1954 in another film using the same name.
Fun Fact - It won an Oscar for Best Song of 1942.
Released in 1973, Wizzard has had one of the most popular Christmas songs to date thanks to it being used in advertising. They were locked in a battle for Christmas number 1 with Slade, which they lost out on. The song had to be re-recorded in 1981 when the original tapes were discovered to be lost and are still missing to this day.
Fun fact - Engineer Steve Brown turned the air conditioning down to its coldest setting while Wizzard was recording the song to help create a wintry feel
Noddy Holder has often nicknamed this song ‘his pension fund’ based on how much money it generates for him (an alleged 500,000 a year) proving it’s still a popular Christmas song. It was the band's sixth and final number-one single in the UK and earnt them the UK Christmas number one slot in December 1973. "Merry Xmas Everybody" sold over a million copies and there was such a demand that their records label arranged to have 250,000 discs sent from Los Angeles to the UK.
Fun Fact – The chorus of the song was recorded in the corridor of the recording studio