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    CHRISTMAS HIT SINGLES (1952 – 2010)

    This is my attempt to list every single that has featured in the official Christmas Day charts from 1952 to 2010 inclusive. The data is taken from the original Guinness sources: New Musical Express (1952 – 1959) and Record Retailer (1960 – 2010). Obviously, this data is open to consternation as to what is a Christmas hit. An example not featured is East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’; although it sounds like a Christmas song and indeed was the Christmas number one in 1994, it was not about Christmas in any way, so is excluded. On the other hand, Paul McCartney’s ‘Pipes Of Peace’ featured a Christmas-style video and was partially about Christmas, so is included. These are listed chronologically by act, title and chart position on 25th December, with peak positions for each entry and re-entry indicated in bold. All re-entries are indicated by *.
    The Official Chart Companies are used throughout but as there was conflicting information between 1994 and 2000 due to two chart sources for positions below the Top 75 these have not been utilised.

    1952 (02)
    Mantovani – White Christmas (6)
    Bing Crosby – Silent Night Holy Night (8)

    1953 (03)
    Beverley Sisters – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (7)
    Jimmy Boyd – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (8)
    Billy Cotton – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (11)

    1954 (01)
    David Whitfield – Santo Natale (Merry Christmas) (2)

    1955 (01)
    Dickie Valentine – Christmas Alphabet (1)

    1956 (02)
    Dickie Valentine – Christmas Island (8)
    Dave King – Christmas & You (23)

    1957 (03)
    Harry Belafonte – Mary’s Boy Child (1)
    Elvis Presley – Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me (20)
    Dickie Valentine – Snowbound For Christmas (28)

    1958 (03)
    Harry Belafonte – Mary’s Boy Child (12) *
    Johnny Mathis – Winter Wonderland (17)
    Harry Belafonte – Son Of Mary (24)

    1959 (03)
    Russ Conway – Snow Coach (7)
    Max Bygraves – Jingle Bell Rock (11)
    Beverley Sisters – Little Donkey (21)

    1960 (04)
    Nina & Frederik – Little Donkey (4)
    Adam Faith – Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) (7)
    Lonnie Donegan – Virgin Mary (32)
    Tommy Steele – Must Be Santa (40)

    1961 (03)
    G-Clefs – I Understand (Just How You Feel) (20) (‘Auld Lang Syne’ in melody)
    Connie Francis – Baby’s First Christmas (30)
    Springfields – Bambino (32) (Italian Christmas song)

    1962 (02)
    Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (6)
    Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell – Jingle Bell Rock (40)

    1963 (02)
    Dora Bryan – All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle (20)
    Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run (41)

    1964 (05)
    Freddie & Dreamers – I Understand (5) (‘Auld Lang Syne’ in melody)
    Roy Orbison – Pretty Paper (13)
    Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas (15)
    Brenda Lee – Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day (25)
    Joy Strings – A Starry Night (34)

    1965 (01)
    Barron Knights – Merry Gentle Pops (19)

    1966 (02)
    Elvis Presley – If Every Day Was Like Christmas (9)
    Small Faces – My Mind’s Eye (15) (Melody from Christmas song ‘Angels From The Realms Of Glory’ in chorus)

    1967 (00)

    1968 (00)

    1969 (02)
    Engelbert Humperdinck – Winter World Of Love (8)
    Moira Anderson – The Holy City (43)

    1970 (02)
    Anne Murray – Snowbird (29)
    John Paul Joans – The Man From Nazareth (46)

    1971 (00)

    1972 (03)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (4)
    Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Little Drummer Boy (13)
    Jackson Five – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (43)

    1973 (04)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (1)
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (4)
    Steeleye Span – Gaudete (14) (Latin Christmas song)
    Elton John – Step Into Christmas (26)

    1974 (06)
    Mud – Lonely This Christmas (1)
    Wombles – Wombling Merry Christmas (5)
    Goodies – Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me (13)
    Gilbert O’Sullivan – Christmas Song (18)
    Showaddywaddy – Hey Mister Christmas (23)
    George Harrison – Ding Dong (49)

    1975 (09)
    Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas (2)
    Dana – It’s Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas (4)
    Chris Hill – Renta Santa (10)
    Judge Dread – Christmas In Dreadland (14)
    Goodies – Make A Daft Noise For Christmas (20)
    Mike Oldfield – In Dulce Jubilo (22)
    Carpenters – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (37)
    Freddie Starr – White Christmas (41)
    Ralph McTell – Dreams Of You (50) (Part of melody from ‘Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring’ by J. S. Bach)

    1976 (05)
    Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born (Soleado) (1)
    Chris Hill – Bionic Santa (10)
    Jethro Tull – Ring Out Solstice Bells (28)
    John Christie – Here’s To Love (Auld Lang Syne) (44)
    Donna Summer – Winter Melody (45)

    1977 (01)
    Bing Crosby – White Christmas (5)

    1978 (06)
    Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord (1)
    Father Abraham & Smurfs – Christmas In Smurfland (19)
    Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas (30)
    Dickies – Silent Night (47)
    Father Abraphart & Smurps – Lick A Smurp For Christmas (All Fall Down) (58)
    Judge Dread – Jingle Bells (64)

    1979 (04)
    Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime (7)
    Elvis Presley – It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You (25)
    Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rapping (36)
    Greedies – A Merry Jingle (47)

    1980 (08)
    Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry (3)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (4) *
    Barron Knights – Never Mind The Presents (17)
    Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again (32)
    Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town (46)
    Jim Davidson – White Christmas (52)
    Darts – White Christmas (59)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (Live) (70)

    1981 (07)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (28) *
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (32) *
    Holly & Ivys – Christmas On 45 (40)
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (41) *
    Hysterics – Jingle Bells (Laughing All The Way) (44)
    Fogwell Flax & Anklebiters – One Nine For Santa (68)
    Johnny Mathis & Gladys Knight – When A Child Is Born (74)

    1982 (12)
    Shakin’ Stevens – Blue Christmas (2)
    David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Peace On Earth - Little Drummer Boy (3)
    David Essex – A Winter’s Tale (7)
    Cliff Richard – Little Town (11)
    Santa Claus & Christmas Trees – Singalong-A-Santa (19)
    Snowmen – Xmas Party (44)
    Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (45)
    Dizzy Heights – Christmas Rapping (49)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (56) *
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (67) *
    Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas (72) *
    Siouxsie & Banshees – Il Est Ne Le Divin Infant (74) (French Christmas carol)

    1983 (13)
    Pretenders – 2000 Miles (15)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (20) *
    Paul McCartney – Pipes Of Peace (22)
    Dennis Waterman & George Cole – What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors (26)
    Elton John – Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year) (33)
    Frank Kelly – Christmas Countdown (34)
    Jingle Belles – Christmas Spectre (37)
    Santa Claus & Christmas Trees – Singalong-A-Santa Again (39)
    Jets – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (62)
    Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas (65) *
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (92) *
    Bing Crosby – White Christmas (95) *
    Damned – There Ain’t No Sanity Clause (97) (A seasonal pun!)

    1984 (13)
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (1)
    Wham! – Last Christmas (2)
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love (6) (Video was Christmas related to the Nativity)
    Gary Glitter – Another Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas (8)
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (23) *
    Alvin Stardust – So Near To Christmas (29)
    Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas (32)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (48) *
    Frank Kelly – Christmas Countdown (54) *
    Bouncing Czechs – I’m A Little Christmas Cracker (72)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (91) *
    Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Christmas Without You (94)
    Jingle Belles – Christmas Spectre (97) *

    1985 (14)
    Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (1)
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (3) *
    Aled Jones – Walking In The Air (5) (Cover version from ‘The Snowman’)
    Wham! – Last Christmas (6) *
    Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (11)
    Peter Auty & Sinfonia Of London – Walking In The Air (42) (Original version from ‘The Snowman’)
    Keith Harris & Orville – White Christmas (43)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (48) *
    Weekend – Christmas Medley / Auld Lang Syne (57)
    Bryan Adams – Christmas Time (60)
    Mud – Lonely This Christmas (62) *
    Bing Crosby – White Christmas (71) *
    Frank Sidebottom – Oh Blimey It’s Christmas (87)
    Alvin Stardust – So Near To Christmas (90) *

    1986 (11)
    Spitting Image – Santa Claus Is On The Dole (22)
    Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling (45)
    Wham! – Last Christmas (47) *
    Aled Jones – A Winter Story (57)
    Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (59) *
    Boris Gardiner – The Meaning Of Christmas (69)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (71) *
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (88) *
    Mini Pops – Mini Pop’s Christmas (EP) (96)
    Adventures Of Santa Claus / Christmas Scenes / Ring A Bell For Christmas / Rock Baby Jesus
    Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas (98) *
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (99) *

    1987 (09)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (2)
    Mel & Kim (Mel Smith & Kim Wilde) – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (3)
    Peter Auty & Sinfonia Of London – Walking In The Air (47) *
    Mini Pops – Songs For Christmas ’87 (EP) (53)
    Thanks For Giving Us Christmas / The Man In Red / Christmas Time Around The World / Shine On
    Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis (57)
    Chris De Burgh – The Simple Truth (A Child Is Born) (77)
    Anita Dobson – I Dream Of Christmas (79)
    Phil Spector – Christmas Mix (86)
    Michael Jackson with Jackson Five – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (EP) (94)
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Frosty The Snowman / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Up On The Housetop

    1988 (07)
    Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine (1)
    Bros – Silent Night (8)
    Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive (15) (Video has partial Christmas setting)
    Alexander O’Neal – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (35)
    Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child (Megamix) (52)
    Chris Rea – Christmas (EP) (53)
    Driving Home For Christmas / Footsteps In The Snow / Joys Of Christmas / Smile
    Star Turn On 45 (Pints) – Christmas Party (91)

    1989 (08)
    Band Aid 2 – Do They Know It’s Christmas (1)
    Jive Bunny & Mastermixers – Let’s Party (2) (Medley of past Christmas hits)
    Van Morrison & Cliff Richard – When God Shines His Light (20)
    All About Eve – December (40)
    Max Bygraves – White Christmas (72)
    Coldcut – Coldcut’s Christmas Break (73)
    Ann Charleston & Ian Smith – Old Fashioned Christmas (87)
    Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson – Hey Santa Claus (95)

    1990 (06)
    Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day (1)
    Snap – Mary Had A Little Boy (8)
    Shakin’ Stevens – The Best Christmas Of Them All (19)
    Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darlin’ (25) * (Originally peaked at number 45 on 1st January 1972!)
    Tony Robinson & Angel Voices – Christmas Wrapping (78)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (93) *

    1991 (08)
    Cliff Richard – We Should Be Together (12)
    Simon & Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade Of Winter / Silent Night (30)
    Shakin’ Stevens – I’ll Be Home This Christmas (34)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (38) *
    Red Car & Blue Car – Home For Christmas Day (44)
    Digital Dream Baby – Walking In The Air (49)
    Mel Smith – Another Blooming Christmas (59)
    Sinead O’Connor – Silent Night (64)

    1992 (03)
    Gloria Estafan – Christmas Through Your Eyes (8)
    Darlene Love – All Alone On Christmas (34)
    Bjorn Again – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (55)

    1993 (06)
    Dina Carroll – The Perfect Year (7)
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love (10) *
    Lesley Garrett & Amanda Thompson – Ave Maria (30) (Christmas hymn)
    St. Etienne – I Was Born On Christmas Day (37)
    Exeter Bramdean Boys Choir – Remembering Christmas (49)
    Rotterdam Termination Source – Merry X-Mess (73)

    1994 (02)
    Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (2)
    Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas (11)

    1995 (06)
    Childliners – The Gift Of Christmas (11)
    Queen – A Winter’s Tale (13)
    Whigfield – Last Christmas (31)
    Mr. Blobby – Christmas In Blobbyland (39)
    Luther Vandross – Every Year Every Christmas (47)
    Roy Wood Big Band – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (69)

    1996 (02)
    Smurfs – Your Christmas Wish (13)
    Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown – Rockin’ Good Christmas (70)

    1997 (03)
    Robbie Williams – Angels (7)
    U2 – If God Will Send His Angels (33)
    Fountains Of Wayne – I Want An Alien For Christmas (36)

    1998 (05)
    Jane McDonald – Cruise Into Christmas Medley (10)
    Slade v. Flush – Merry Xmas Everybody ’98 (Remix) (30)
    Fat Les – Naughty Christmas (Goblin In The Office) (31)
    Bing Crosby – White Christmas (40) *
    Alien Voices featuring Three Degrees – Last Christmas ’98 (54)

    1999 (04)
    Cliff Richard – The Millennium Prayer (2)
    Mr. Hankey – Mister Hankey The Christmas Poo (8)
    Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews – Baby It’s Cold Outside (31)
    Daniel O’Donnell – A Christmas Kiss (33)

    2000 (03)
    Sugababes – New Year (12)
    Craig – At This Time Of Year (21)
    Wombles with Roy Wood – I Wish It Could Be A Wombling Christmas Every Day (22)

    2001 (04)
    Tweenies – I Believe In Christmas (9)
    Kate Winslet – What If (11) (From ‘Christmas Carol: The Movie’)
    DJ Otzi – X-Mas Time (51)
    Lampies – Light Up The World For Christmas (63)

    2002 (02)
    S Club Juniors – Sleigh Ride (11)
    Mew – She Came Home For Christmas (76)

    2003 (11)
    Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) (2)
    Bo Selecta – Proper Crimbo (4)
    Idols – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (5)
    Cliff Richard – Santa’s List (13)
    Cheeky Girls – Have A Cheeky Christmas (15)
    Fast Food Rockers – I Love Christmas (25)
    Billy Mack – Christmas Is All Around (26)
    Basil Brush featuring India Beau – Christmas Slide (44)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (49) *
    Mew – She Came Home For Christmas (55) *
    Punk Aid – ‘Ere’s Your Xmas (95)

    2004 (04)
    Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas (1)
    Morrissey – I Have Forgiven Jesus (10)
    Paul Holt – Fifty Grand For Christmas (50)
    Hot Pantz – Give U One For Christmas (64)

    2005 (06)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (3) *
    Crazy Frog – Jingle Bells (6)
    Water Babies – Under The Tree (27)
    Santa – Is This The Way To Amarillo (Santa’s Grotto) (30)
    Keedie & England Cricket Team – Jerusalem (33)
    Tony Christie – Merry Xmas Everybody (82)

    2006 (08)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (6) *
    Cliff Richard – 21st Century Christmas (7)
    Crazy Frog – Last Christmas (16)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (21) *
    Ricky Tomlinson – Christmas My Arse (25)
    Andy Abraham & Michael Underwood – December Brings Me Back To You (26)
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Snow (Eh Oh) (46)
    All Angels – Angels (48)

    2007 (28)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (4) *
    Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (6) *
    Cascada – Last Christmas (12)
    Wham! – Last Christmas (16) *
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (18) *
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (20) *
    Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (21)
    Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (22) *
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (24) *
    Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas (33) *
    Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa (34)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (41) *
    Bing Crosby – White Christmas (42) *
    Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime (44) *
    Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord (47) *
    Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry (48) *
    Perry Como – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (49)
    Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Christmas Song (51) *
    Elton John – Step Into Christmas (53) *
    Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (60) *
    Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine (68) *
    Aled Jones – Walking In The Air (72) *
    David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Peace On Earth - Little Drummer Boy (73) *
    Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby (76)
    Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (86)
    Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (87)
    Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas (93) *
    Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (94) *

    2008 (23)
    Geraldine – Once Upon A Christmas Song (5)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (12) *
    Bandaged (Sir Terry Wogan & Aled Jones) – Little Drummer Boy - Peace On Earth (13)
    Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (17) *
    Gabriella Climi – Warm This Winter (22)
    Wham! – Last Christmas (27) *
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (33) *
    Basshunter – Jingle Bells (Bass) (35)
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (41) *
    Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (42) *
    Wombats – Is This Christmas (49)
    Perry Como – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (53) *
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (58) *
    Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas (59) *
    Status Quo – It’s Christmas Time (61)
    Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (71) *
    Macy Gray – Winter Wonderland (76)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (78) *
    Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (82) *
    Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (84) *
    Killers – Joseph Better You Than Me (88)
    Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) (89) *
    Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (92) *

    2009 (17)
    George Michael – December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas) (14)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (18) *
    Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (21) *
    Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas (40)
    Wham! – Last Christmas (41) *
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (45) *
    Sir Terry Wogan & Aled Jones – Silver Bells (46)
    Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds (47)
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (51) *
    Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (55) *
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (61) *
    Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas (63) *
    Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (80) *
    Gabriella Climi – Warm This Winter (94) *
    Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) (95) *
    Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa (96)
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (97) *

    2010 (11)
    Coldplay – Christmas Lights (17)
    Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (19) *
    Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (25) *
    Corey Taylor – X-Mas (37)
    Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (48) *
    Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (52) *
    Wham! – Last Christmas (56) *
    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas (58) *
    Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (68) *
    Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas (82) *
    John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (94)
    Last edited by wranglerjeans; Tue September 29, 2020, 19:57.

  • #2
    Re: Christmas Hits

    y r u promoting wrangler jeans in a music forum? lol, jk
    ~Gaga~~~Xtina~~~P!nk~~~Dido~~~Shakira~~~Beyonce~~~Gwen Stefani~~

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    • #3
      If I was I could be worth a few quid, but couldn't think of a better username so Wranglerjeans it is!

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      • #4
        You forgot 2010 - Mariah Carey Oh Santa!
        Do you care for me beyond idolization?

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        • #5
          I know that has been released for this Christmas, but it has not made the national Top 100 chart as of Christmas Day 2010 so therefore it doesn't count. But thanks for reminding me.

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          • #6
            Just being researching this again and found two omissions to add to my previous list above.

            1990
            Snap - Mary Had A Little Boy (8)

            2009
            Killers - Joseph Better You Than Me (88)

            The connections as before are of religious connotations in case you were wondering!!! Merry Christmas for when the time arrives - only 83 days to go.

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            • #7
              The Snap single was an opportunistic Christmas release due to the title but it was never recorded as a Christmas song and indeed this was widely mentioned at the time it was in the charts. The label just cashed in on the title by releasing it in time for Christmas 1990.

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              • #8
                Having watched TOTP 1976 recently does anybody think that Grandma's Party by Paul Nicholas is a Christmas hit as it was at number 20 on Christmas Day 1976 singles chart?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wranglerjeans
                  Having watched TOTP 1976 recently does anybody think that Grandma's Party by Paul Nicholas is a Christmas hit as it was at number 20 on Christmas Day 1976 singles chart?
                  I'd call it aimed at the Christmas market rather than a Christmas song.

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                  • #10
                    The OCC were working on a list of Britain's Best
                    Selling Christmas Hits, a few Months ago.

                    It has been turned into a TV Programme, which
                    will be shown on Christmas Day, on Channel 5.
                    It is on at 22.00pm, (10pm), & repeated at 19.00pm,
                    (7pm), on Boxing Day. It lasts for 3 Hours.

                    It is called 'Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs',
                    which makes it sound like the List/Chart has been
                    Voted on. It hasn't. It will be based on Sales.

                    This means that whilst 'Fairytale Of New York', &
                    'All I Want For Christmas Is You', will be in the
                    Chart, neither will be No.1 in it. It can only be
                    'Do They Know It's Christmas?', by Band Aid, at
                    No.1. (The 1984 original).

                    LINK - For more Details:,

                    http://www.theofficialcharts.com/chart- ... mas-songs/

                    Zeus555

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                    • #11
                      ^I thought it was a voted for list, too! Will def watch now.
                      Don't bother updating your signature if it's a link. It takes you to completely random pages!!!!

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                      • #12
                        From Christmas Chart Campaign Thread:

                        Originally posted by Blondini
                        UK Christmas Chart Broadcast 25th December 2011 (Week ending 31st):

                        1. (144) WHEREVER YOU ARE (Military Wives with Gareth Malone)
                        2. (1) CANNONBALL (Little Mix)
                        3. (132) DOMINICK THE DONKEY (THE ITALIAN XMAS DONKEY) (Lou Monte)
                        4. (NEW) FOREVER YOURS (Alex Day)
                        5. (2) PARADISE (Coldplay)
                        6. (3) DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT (Olly Murs)

                        11. (113) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT (Nirvana)
                        13. (13) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK (Pogues feat Kirsty MacColl)
                        17. (11) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU (Mariah Carey)
                        27. (NEW) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Stacey Solomon)
                        28. (25) MISTLETOE (Justin Bieber)
                        33. (NEW) LAST CHRISTMAS (Cast of The Only Way Is Essex)
                        34. (28) LAST CHRISTMAS (Wham!)
                        36. (53) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Chris Rea)
                        37. (36) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, LET ME GET WHAT I WANT (Slow Moving Millie)
                        38. (31) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY (Wizzard)
                        40. (37) MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY (Slade)
                        41. (42) DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? (Band Aid)
                        47. (47) CHRISTMAS (BABY, PLEASE COME HOME) (Michael Bublé)
                        62. (48) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE (Shakin' Stevens)
                        65. (67) CHRISTMAS LIGHTS (Coldplay)
                        70. (19) CANNONBALL (Damien Rice)
                        77. (86) IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS (Michael Bublé)
                        78. (95) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) (John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir)
                        81. (96) STAY ANOTHER DAY (East 17)
                        85. (64) ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE (Brenda Lee)
                        86. (107) STOP THE CAVALRY (Jona Lewie)
                        89. (78) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS (Elton John)
                        20 Christmas songs in top 100 (including East 17).
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by zeus555
                          The OCC were working on a list of Britain's Best
                          Selling Christmas Hits, a few Months ago.

                          It has been turned into a TV Programme, which
                          will be shown on Christmas Day, on Channel 5.
                          It is on at 22.00pm, (10pm), & repeated at 19.00pm,
                          (7pm), on Boxing Day. It lasts for 3 Hours.

                          It is called 'Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs',
                          which makes it sound like the List/Chart has been
                          Voted on. It hasn't. It will be based on Sales.

                          This means that whilst 'Fairytale Of New York', &
                          'All I Want For Christmas Is You', will be in the
                          Chart, neither will be No.1 in it. It can only be
                          'Do They Know It's Christmas?', by Band Aid, at
                          No.1. (The 1984 original).

                          LINK - For more Details:,

                          http://www.theofficialcharts.com/chart- ... mas-songs/

                          Zeus555
                          The chart - a top 65, oddly and restricted to the most popular version of each song for TV purposes so no Band Aid 20 for example - (though it won't include this week's sales?):


                          1 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid (UK #1) (3,650,000)
                          2 MARY'S BOY CHILD - OH MY LORD Boney M (UK #1) (1,840,000)
                          3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! (UK #2) (1,600,000)
                          4 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY Slade (UK #1) (1,150,000)
                          5 WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby (UK #5) (990,000)
                          6 THE MILLENNIUM PRAYER Cliff Richard (UK #1) (910,000)
                          7 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN (SOLEADO) Johnny Mathis (UK #1) (890,000)
                          8 MISTLETOE AND WINE Cliff Richard (UK #1) (865,000)
                          9 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John and Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band (UK #2) (860,000)
                          10 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (UK #2) (815,000) (passed a million THIS WEEK according to Alan Jones)
                          11 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud (UK #1) (810,000)
                          12 STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17 (UK #1) (770,000)
                          13 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey (UK #2) (750,000)
                          14 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin' Stevens (UK #1) (700,000)
                          15. THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood (UK #1) (660,000)
                          16 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard (UK #4) (590,000)
                          17 THERE'S NO-ONE QUITE LIKE GRANDMA St. Winifred's School Choir (UK #1) (550,000)
                          18 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake (UK #2) (470,000)
                          19 WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles (UK #2) (460,000)
                          20 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie (UK #3) (420,000)
                          21 CHRISTMAS TIME (DON'T LET THE BELLS END) The Darkness (UK #2) (410,000)
                          22 BLUE CHRISTMAS Shakin' Stevens (UK #2, part of "The Shakin' Stevens EP") (400,000)
                          23 PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney (UK #1 in mid-January!) (370,000)
                          24 ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) and Kim (Wilde) (UK #3) (310,000)
                          25 SAVIOUR'S DAY Cliff Richard (UK #1) (300,000)
                          26 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney (UK #6) (260,000)
                          27 IT'S GONNA BE A COLD, COLD CHRISTMAS Dana (UK #4) (230,000)
                          28 PEACE ON EARTH - LITTLE DRUMMER BOY David Bowie and Bing Crosby (UK #3) (212,000)
                          29 SILENT NIGHT Bros (UK #2) (210,000)
                          30 FATHER CHRISTMAS, DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies (UK #7) (205,000)
                          31 PROPER CRIMBO! Bo Selecta (UK #4) (202,000)
                          32 MR. HANKEY THE CHRISTMAS POO Mr. Hankey (South Park) (UK #4) (201,000)
                          33 PRETTY PAPER Roy Orbison (UK #6) (200,000)
                          34 IN DULCE JUBILO Mike Oldfield (UK #4) (200,000)
                          35 SANTO NATALE David Whitfield (UK #2) (190,000)
                          36 WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones (UK #5) (181,000)
                          37 ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter (UK #7) (180,000)
                          38 LITTLE TOWN Cliff Richard (UK #11) (180,000)
                          39 BIONIC SANTA Chris Hill (UK #10) (170,000)
                          40 I'M WALKING BACKWARDS FOR CHRISTMAS The Goons (UK #4 in July!!) (160,000)
                          41 GAUDETE Steeleye Span (UK #14) (160,000)
                          42 HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy (UK #13) (152,000)
                          43 SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen (UK #9) (151,000)
                          44 LITTLE DONKEY Nina and Frederick (UK #3) (150,000)
                          45 PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi (UK #7) (148,000)
                          46 A WINTER'S TALE David Essex (UK #2) (125,000)
                          47 YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH The Smurfs (UK #8)
                          48 2000 MILES (The) Pretenders (UK #15) (117,000)
                          49 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea (UK #33) (115,000)
                          50 I BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS The Tweenies (UK #9) (112,000)
                          51 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John (UK #24) (110,000)
                          52 ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS SONG Geraldine (Peter Kay) (UK #5) (105,000)
                          53 CRUISE INTO CHRISTMAS (MEDLEY) Jane McDonald (UK #10) (100,000)
                          54 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Coldplay (UK #13) (85,000)
                          55 THANK GOD IT'S CHRISTMAS Queen (UK #21) (75,000)
                          56 BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews (UK #17) (65,000)
                          57 NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS (GOBLIN IN THE OFFICE) Fat Les (UK #21) (60,000)
                          58 MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING The Carpenters (UK #25) (59,000)
                          59 SANTA BABY Eartha Kitt (UK #84) (55,000)
                          60 A CHRISTMAS KISS Daniel O'Donnell (UK #20) (52,000)
                          61 THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF THEM ALL Shakin' Stevens (UK #19) (50,000)
                          62 HAVE A CHEEKY CHRISTMAS The Cheeky Girls (UK #10) (47,000)
                          63 SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust (UK #29) (
                          64 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE/ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU) Nat 'King' Cole (UK #51) (46,000)
                          65 SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image (UK #22) (43,000)

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                          • #14
                            Dominick The Donkey would be around 53/52 based on the 91,000 plus sales this week and a few thou more before.
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                            • #15
                              I would think the sales cut off point would be some weeks back.

                              However, the chart is immediately devalued by the decision to only include one version of any song. That means that subsequent Band Aid's or Harry Belafonte's Mary's Boy Child are all excluded - and the saels of their records haven't been included in the record's totals (well that wouldn't have been right anyway).

                              There would look to be some questionable figures there too and on the face of it they have applied different rules to different records from the 1994/1996 era.

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                              • #16
                                The OCC worked on the List in September. Well, one of their Staff did so.
                                As with all such Lists he, (& maybe others), made the final decision as to
                                what was to go in it. (Channel 5 have definitely excluded some Hits, that
                                were in The OCC List - on the grounds that the Chart contained more than
                                one version of those Songs).

                                1) It is not meant to be a Christmas Themed Songs List. It is meant to
                                reflect the Singles that sold the most over the Christmas period, in the UK.

                                2) I saw the initial List, & it did have Band Aid 20 in it - with 1,154,821 Sales.
                                It also had Band Aid II in it - 425,908 sales.

                                3) Halleujah, by Alexandra Burke, was in the initial List - 1,222,079 Sales.

                                4) In the List that I saw, White Christmas, by Bing Crosby, was in 4th place,
                                with 1,461,843 Sales. The Total in the List has had almost 472,000 of those Sales
                                removed.

                                5) Harry Belafonte's Mary's Boy Child, was in too - 1,182,621 Sales.

                                6) It even had Killing In The Name, by Rage Against The Machine, in it
                                - 713,240 Sales.

                                7) As far as I know, they did include 1981 Sales for the St Winifred's School Choir, Hit.
                                It was only the 20th Best Seller of 1980 - in the Year End Chart that included the entire
                                Year. Super Trouper, by ABBA, was 4th, & I believe that sold 709,000 in 1980. The ABBA
                                Hit then sold only 31,000 more in 1981, even though it did this, in January 1981:,
                                5 - 8 - 28 - 48 - 71. That's because Sales were very low in January 1981.
                                The St. Winifred's School Choir Hit, can't have sold much more than the ABBA Hit, in
                                January 1981. It did this - 1 - 6 - 22 - 58 - 70. Maybe 45,000 to 55,000 Sales?

                                8) As regards the other 2 Band Aid Hits, & Harry Belafonte, not being in the List
                                - it looks like a Channel 5 decision, to me. They obviously did not want to show
                                the same Song, more than once. So, they chose to show/include only the versions
                                that are the most well known. That's the Boney M, Mary's Boy Child, & the original
                                Band Aid's, Do They Know It's Christmas?, from 1984. (In other words, it is not The OCC's
                                decision, that the other versions were excluded from the Channel 5 Chart).
                                So, The OCC were not ignoring those Hits - Channel 5 were.

                                9) Stay Another Day, got 768,444 Sales, in the List, I saw. Rounded up to 770,000.
                                The OCC clearly have 2 'Sets' of 1994 - 1996 Sales, in their Files, & the Guy who
                                did the Chart looked at the lower Totals for the East 17 Hit. (I know him, so I
                                will ask him about it, in January).

                                10) I was not aware that MW's Alan Jones had declared Fairytale Of New York
                                a UK Million Seller. I do know that The OCC added up its Annual Totals for
                                1987/1988, (No.2 Hit), & 1991/1992, (No.36 Hit), & then they added in
                                Downloads from 2004 to 2010. This gave a Total of 815,000 - not including
                                its December 2011 Sales, of course.
                                I don't think that Fairytale Of New York has sold a Million. It would have had to
                                suddenly gain 180,000 Sales, that it never had before. Unless it is supposed to
                                have got them in December 2011.....

                                Zeus555

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                                • #17
                                  ^Do you work for OCC? How did you see the initial list? The Channel's decision to exclude all the other songs but leave in ...Grandma (which has nothing to with Xmas lyrically or even musically (like East 17)) is nuts. If that was left in, why not Keeping The Dream Alive by Freiheit or - more obviously - Grandad by Clive Dunn?

                                  I notice Chris Hill had Renta Santa excluded for being too similar in style to Bionic Santa, too. And there would be other versions of Little Drummer Boy, Mary's Boy Child, White Christmas and possibly Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Waking In The Air, Silent Night (surely Sinead is close to passing Bros?), Santa Baby and Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town that could have had high enough sales to qualify.

                                  Originally posted by zeus555

                                  1) It is not meant to be a Christmas Themed Songs List. It is meant to
                                  reflect the Singles that sold the most over the Christmas period, in the UK.


                                  Zeus555
                                  So they only counted sales throughout December? Can't be correct - as the majority of Pipes Of Pieces's sales were in January! And a vast chunk of Band Aid's were in January and February!
                                  And The Goons hit was in June/ July!

                                  RE: Alan Jones and FONY:

                                  Most Christmas-themed songs suffer declines, but Fairtytale Of New York by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl holds at number 13. With Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You falling 11-17 (18,278 sales) it moves back to the top of the yule log of festive hits. More impressively, the 25,718 copies that Fairytale Of New York sold last week earn it the distinction of becoming Britain's latest million-selling single.

                                  The 1987 track was identified as having sold 543,000 copies to the point of an OCC survey into the biggest selling number two hits in February 2007. A Christmas perennial, it racked up another 441,880 sales to the start of last week, raising its cumulative tally to 984,880, and has now sold 1,010,598 copies. It became the UK's 109th million seller on Thursday (22nd).
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                                  • #18
                                    Plus (and this disappointed me) The Waitresses' Christmas Wrapping was mentioned in the Radio Times write-up for the show but wasn't in the programme.

                                    It also mentioned The Jackson 5's Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town but - as we saw - they went with Springsteen as the selected best-selling version.
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                                    • #19
                                      Blondini - To put things better. The OCC List is
                                      about Hits that were big at Christmas - but adding
                                      in all of their Sales, in all of their Chart Runs.
                                      (If they Charted more than once).

                                      I realise that I made it sound like only their
                                      Christmas, or December Sales were counted.
                                      I'm sorry for explaining it so poorly.

                                      But, the Hits did not have to be Christmas Themed.
                                      Only to have big Sales, in their Chart Runs.

                                      The original OCC List had 137 Songs in it. They
                                      also - then - looked at many more. The Chris Hill
                                      Hits were both looked at. Channel 5 obviously,
                                      decided what it wanted to include, (from The OCC
                                      List). Someone at Channel 5, decided that they did
                                      not want the same Song more than once, so only one
                                      version was used. (Those decisions were nothing to
                                      do with The OCC. Nor was what Channel 5 may have
                                      said was going to be in the 'Show' - to TV Magazines).

                                      I have no idea why some 'Novelty' Hits, ('Grandma'),
                                      were included, but not others, ('Grandad').

                                      The Goons Hit was included, due to it being a
                                      Christmas Song. I realise that it did not actually
                                      Chart at Christmas. It was a 'one off' to allow it
                                      to be included. It had to be, seeing as no other
                                      Christmas Song has been a Hit, in the middle of the Year.....

                                      Zeus555

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                                      • #20
                                        ^How do you know this? And is there no way you could get the full 137 song list?

                                        Why would White Christmas have some of its sales removed?
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                                        • #21
                                          I think that The OCC got 2 estimates of the Sales
                                          of 'White Christmas'. The one I saw gave it over
                                          1,460,000 Sales. Then, it had 990,000 in the actual
                                          TV 'Show'. So, The OCC had obviously decided to
                                          use the lower estimate, for it.

                                          I do a lot of work for The OCC. We have to remember
                                          that they are individuals. Not all of their Staff
                                          work on all of the Sales Lists, that we see. Many
                                          Staff, will not even see the finished Lists, until
                                          we do.

                                          Some of their Staff will make decisions that we
                                          agree with. Other OCC Staff will make decisions
                                          that we think are mistaken, or a bit 'daft'.

                                          I try to give them advice, if I think they are
                                          making a mistake, but I cannot make them alter
                                          things. I can only suggest things to them.

                                          But, always I try to be very polite with them,
                                          because they are Human Beings - just like the
                                          rest of us.

                                          Zeus555

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                                          • #22
                                            So did WC have estimates because many of the sales were pre-chart or is estimates usual?
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                                            • #23
                                              Probably estimates due to most sales being pre-chart. In one of his Record Mirror columns in the 80s Alan Jones commented that MCA records only knew rough sales of "White Christmas" since 1960 (I assume the significance of this date is that 1960 was when "White Christmas" was first released on MCA, the record previously appearing on the Brunswick label). The 1960 release was given the catalogue number MCA111 and it continued to be released under this catalogue number through to the 1990s, including its 1977 entry into the charts following Bing Crosby's death. Alan Jones commented that MCA didn't know how many copies the single had sold in the years prior to 1960.

                                              I'm assuming that in the years since Alan Jones' comments were published (it may have been in December 1984 but I'm not 100% certain) someone has obviously been able to make an estimate of how many copies were shipped / sold in the UK but given the obvious uncertainty about its sales (a figure of 1.6m was once mentioned many years ago) I think the true sales figure may never be known.

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                                              • #24
                                                With regard to the earlier issue concerning different data sets for the 1994-'96 era, this is the case - MFR has commented on this frequently on other threads pertaining to singles sales tallies for 1990s hits and he has done considerable research on that period. Frankly he has a far better understanding of the matter than I do so probably best seek out one of his posts to find a proper explanation, but basically it revolves around two different multipliers being applied by Millward Brown who took over chart compilation from February 1994 to panel sales data, until such time as they introduced what is known as the "Defined Universe of Sales" methodology in 1997, which is the one still applied to this day.

                                                This does seem to have produced some surprisingly diverse outcomes for totals of certain singles released at that time and I daresay East 17's 'Stay Another Day' (released in November 1994) was one of them.

                                                An interesting thread this though; thanks to Wranglerjeans for initiating it and to subsequent contributors.

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                                                • #25
                                                  Since when is Madonna's "Little Star" a Christmas tune?

                                                  Did "Oh Santa" chart in the UK? If not, that explains why it's not listed.
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