Hello to all The Daily Dust readers. I’m Nigel Slater and with Christmas just three weeks away, we are making a trip back to memory lane in our Top Ten Xmas songs of all time.
So just sit back and enjoy (or even cringe) the upcoming classic tunes that have made the British Festive season all the more memorable in the past decade or two.
10: ‘To You I Belong’ – B*Witched (1998)
A surprising one to start off with. We are going back eleven years to 1998 where Irish girl-group B*Witched were proving popular, especially with teenage girls! The Christmasy single reached Number 1 in the run up to the Xmas Chart but was pipped to the post by The Spice Girls for the Christmas number 1 record.
9: ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ – Sir Paul McCartney (1979)
We now travel back to thirty years ago for our next track in this Top Ten listing. It’s the brilliant sir Paul McCartney with the classic ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’. This tune has proved to be one of the most popular songs to be played in the festive season and is remembered for being one of McCartney’s best ever solo-songs.
8: ‘Happy Christmas (War Is Over)’ – John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band (1971)
Another former Beatle gets recognition here on The Daily Dust. The great John Lennon was the star of this fantastic and moving record, which relates to the troublesome Vietnam War. The children singing were from the Harlem Community Choir. Brilliant record, which like McCartney’s is one of the most popular festive songs of all time. It makes it to number 8 here.
7: ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ – Cliff Richard (1988)
Love him or loathe him, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Cliff Richard releasing a song in the festive season. In 1988 though, Cliff topped the charts with the classic Mistletoe & Wine – his 12th number 1 single at the time. It spent four weeks at the top of the charts and became the biggest-selling single of the year. Way to go Cliff!!
6: ‘Step Into Christmas’ – Elton John (1973)
In at Number Six in our special Festive chart is the cheery ‘Step Into Christmas’ by a young Elton John (it was 1973 afterall). Really good tune this one – makes you want to stand up and have a dance. The record was written by Bernie Taupin but only reached up to 23 in the charts. Despite this, I still think it is a jolly good track and deserves its place here. Enjoy!
5: ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – Shakin’ Stevens (1985)
The brilliant Shakin’ Stevens secures a place in our top 5. ‘Merry Christmas Everone’ is another popular Festive classic, with a very catchy and cheesy tune. It’s just one of them songs that you can’t help but love. It was Christmas Number 1 back in 1985 and is remembered for Shakin’s fantastic range of jumpers! Shakin’ Stevens is at Number 5. Sorry for not finding the official music video but we do have a wonderful Top of the Pops performance from the lovely man himself.
4: ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – Mariah Carey (1994)
Oh I wish Mariah would say that to me on a personal level!! This hugely popular Christmas love song reached Number 2 in the UK Chart losing out to East 17′s ‘Stay Another Day’ fifteen years ago. It’s a fantastic track and very popular with the girls!!! It reaches our Top four.
3: ‘Last Christmas’ – Wham (1984)
Another terrific Christmas love song, this time from British pop-group Wham. The only thing wrong about the song was that it was released in the worst year possible – if they wanted to be the Christmas Number 1 – because Bob Geldof’s Band Aid released their charity single Do they Know It’s Christmas in the same year – any other year it would have been Christmas Number 1 without a doubt. It made number 3 and is still an absolute classic.
2: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ – Band Aid (1984)
Written by the legendary Bob Geldof, all artists from the 1980′s era were all united into one act as Band Aid to produce one of the best ever Christmas songs of all time. The charity single raised money for the relief of Famine back in 1984 – 85.
Geldof was inspired to raise money for the poor people of Ethiopia after Michael Buerk’s famous TV report of the the mind-blowing state of the small African country and wanted to create a group in a bid to help and create a special fundraising event.
It sold then a record-breaking 3.5 million copies until the release of ‘Candle of the Wind’ by Elton John broke it in 1997 by selling 5 million. It had five weeks at the top of the charts and a new version was released in 2004, which again did wonders for charity and topped the Christmas and Singles chart.
1: ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues. Featuring Kirsty MacColl (1987)
This classic Irish folk-style ballad was released in 1987 and reached Number 2 in the British charts and top spot in the Irish Charts. It is a great tune and is considered not only one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, but one of the greatest songs full stop. It’s made the Christmas Top 40 every year since 2005, it’s charted on seven separate occasions, and has went into the Top Ten three years running.
Thank you for reading The Daily Dust’s Top 10 Xmas. Do you agree with it? Or do you feel other songs should have got in there? What are your favourite Xmas songs? Please send us your comments
(Oh go on then…)