Isn’t it great to see that X-Factor winner won’t be this years Christmas number one single again. The official figures state that the Military Wives Choir song ‘Wherever You Are‘ is out selling Little Mix’s cover single by six copies to one, even better as all the proceeds are for a good cause too. I also can picture the BBC chief executives having a laugh at their ITV counterparts as this song also originates from one of their TV shows on BBC2.
But what about the fun of having an actual Christmas song at number one! Yes they’re often cheesy but that’s the attraction of them. There were classic years like 1973 when Slade topped the charts with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody‘ closely followed by Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Christmas Everyday‘. Though the last time we had two Christmas songs in the top two places was 1984, when Wham’s ‘Last Christmas‘ was gate-crashed by Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas‘. The likes of John Lennon, David Essex, Queen, Greg Lake, Elton John, Paul McCartney and even Cliff Richard all released successful songs for this time of year. It even brought The Pogues their biggest hit along with Kirtsty MacColl ‘Fairytale Of New York‘.
My personal favourite seasonal tunes include The Waitresses’ ‘Christmas Wrapping‘, St. Etienne’s ‘I Was Born On Christmas Day’ (I was too) and The Three Wise Men’s ‘Thanks For Christmas‘ (which was XTC under a pseudonym). I must admit though I do have a soft spot also for ‘Walking In The Air‘ taken from the wonderful Snowman. It would be great if artists again could write songs for this festive period, or at least record it as a B-side.