I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. My CD collection (Yes I still have CD’s) consists of everything from Metallica to Craig David. From 36 Crazyfists to Bryan Adams so I think I can safely say there’s been a few Christmas number ones that I liked…and some that I don’t.
I think their should be 2 charts at Christmas. One for the normal record sales and then another just for Christmas songs. it should be the top of the latter that gives a song the coveted title of Christmas Number One.
The first ever recorded Christmas Number One was a singer by the name of Al Martino with a song entitled ‘Here in my heart’. From a brief listen to this track on YouTube it clearly has nothing to do with Christmas but it was top of the charts on Christmas day so it was the first Christmas Number One.
Other notable Christmas Number Ones that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas include:
Elvis Presley – Return to sender 1962
Benny Hill – Ernie (The fastest milkman in the west) 1971
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody 1975
Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby 1993
Bob the builder – Can we fix it? 2000
Rage against the machine – Killing in the name of 2009
That last one really annoyed me. I like that song and I have nodded my head (Imagine a polite headbanger) in appreciation of that song on many occasion so I enjoyed the fact that it was played a lot on radio, however it wasn’t because it was a popular song, it was simply to ‘Stick it to the man’ and stop a crappy reality show star hitting number one. It made a mockery of that song and a mockery of the title of Christmas Number One…..End rant! 🙂
According to this list, it seems from the first recorded number one in 1952, it wasn’t until 1973 when Slade came along with there very popular hit ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ that there was actually a Christmas themed number one.
Out of the 60+ songs that were number One on Christmas day which is my favourite?
Well basing on what I said earlier about having two charts I reckon I have to give two answers.
Favourite (Non Christmas related) Christmas Number One has got to be….. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody.
I grew up with my mum listening to Queen so have always been a fan. Bohemian Rhapsody is not only an awesome song, it’s the only song to reach number one on two separate occasions for the same artist (1975 & 1991). I defy anybody can listen to that song and not want to headbang Wayne’s world style.
Favourite (Christmas related) Christmas Number One has got to be…..Slade, Merry Xmas Everybody.
It’s the original Christmassy Christmas Number One and I think the best song to sing around the tree.
Of course a lot of our favourite Christmas songs didn’t make it to number one. Most of them only made it to number two. Take a look at this list and it may surprise you which songs didn’t make the top of the heap!
So, am I wrong? Have I eaten too many mice pies and gone a crazy?
What’s your Christmas number one and why?
Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and if you think of anything Christmas related stuff tell me as I need all the help I can get.