Music playlist weekly #20
WHAM! - Last Christmas
Surely the biggest travesty when it comes to Christmas songs is that this didn't top the charts. The fact that it was beaten by the original Band Aid single makes it a little more bearable. We love the irony of a song featuring George Michael stopped George Michaels band getting to number one. In our opinion, the greatest Christmas song ever.
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
John Lennon, A Beatle, was beaten to the top spot by a choir singing how no one is quite like their grandma. Honestly, 1980, what were you thinking?! But in all fairness, if John had still been around then I very much doubt he would have given a toss.
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
We can only dream for a Christmas when the top two spots are taken by Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd. That is exactly what we got in 1979. When you're beaten by Pink Floyd, you can't be too mad, surely. Still, Sir Paul will be raking in the royalties from this every single year so I'm sure he doesn't mind.
Aled Jones - Walking In The Air
Walking In The Air, or "The Snowman Song" as you may know it better surprisingly only got to number 5 in the charts, rather surprisingly. The number one that year was Shakin' Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone", which to be fair is totally understandable.
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Christmas songs are supposed to be joyous for the most part, but this has to be the most feel-good of all the greats. It seems a shame that this was released in the same year as Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody", and an even bigger shame that the powers that be didn't decide that there could be a dual chart-topper that year.
Kirsty McColl & The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
Widely regarded as one of the best Christmas songs ever (even if our CEO refuses to accept it as a Christmas song) this classic was beaten to number one in 1987 by the Pet Shop Boys incredible cover of "Always On My Mind". Still, what a song.
Mel & Kim - Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Another casualty of the Pet Shop Boys 1987 domination was this rather random duet by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith. This cover was released as a charity single for Comic Relief and is definitely one of the more fun novelty Christmas songs ever released.
The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
On the original release, this didn't even chart. Even after being re-released, it still didn't cause that much of a stir. All that aside, it's still a staple on every Christmas Compilation album in living memory and probably for the rest of time.
The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
At their worst, the Darkness are a novelty act but we love them. This was beaten to the top by Gary Jules' "Mad World" (another great track). There is no shame in being beaten by that timeless classic, which sounds just as good now as it did when it was released in 2003.
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Out of everything on this list, the fact that this was never number 1 is perhaps the most surprising. Yes, it's cheesy as hell and derided by many, but you cannot doubt that it is a genuinely brilliant Christmas banger. Mariah isn't known for her modesty and lack of ego, so you can imagine that her being beaten by East 17 must have stung a little.
December 19, 2019