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21st December 2013

All-time Favourite Christmas Songs, yours and mine!

Please be patient. It may take a bit longer to open this week
because there are over 70 videos in it.

ChristmasThis is the final of our four part series,
All-time Favourite Christmas Songs, yours and mine!

Part One can be seen here

Part Two can be seen here

Part Three can be seen here.

In the following pages, you will find videos of all the Christmas number ones from 1952 to date. Who was number one the year you were born?  Can you even remember them?  Have a look at the videos and bring yourself back into time.  Do you know who was at number one for the longest time?  I was surprised to see it was Whitney Houston.

As I write this for Friday night 20 December, we don’t know yet which song is going to be number one.  It could be X Factor’s prison officer Sam Bailey or Pharrell Williams.  According to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, her single, Skyscraper, is currently leading the race to Number 1. Up to midnight last Tuesday 17th, more than 67,000 copies of the track had been downloaded in the UK, which is two-and-a-half times more than her closest rival, Happy by Pharrell Williams (Number 2).

The cut-off point for sales to be counted towards this year’s Official Christmas Number 1 is midnight tomorrow, Saturday night (21st December). The Official Christmas Singles Chart Top 40 will then be counted down on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart.

Last year's winner, James Arthur, sold 187,000 copies of his debut single, Impossible, in its first 24 hours.

However, his single went to number one in the week before Christmas, with The Justice Collective's charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother topping the festive chart.

Leona Lewis' Christmas single, One More Sleep, remains steady at number three.

Also, after a Facebook campaign AC/DC's, Highway To Hell, looks set to become the second highest new entry of the week, debuting at number four.

 

Your Favourite Songs

I’ve been getting more responses on popular Christmas songs.  Again, thank you to everyone around the world. 

Linden in Newcastle went to lot of trouble and gave me her choice of the 5 best, 5 she can’t stand and 5 drunk songs. Some have been mentioned already, so I’m going to pick one of each for this article and I’ll keep the rest for next year.  Zat You Santa Clause is one not mentioned yet & I think it’s a great fun song.  She doesn’t like Mull of Kintyre by Wings, even though it was the 1977 number one.  Have a look at the chart below.  Paul McCartney wrote this song in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Scotland, where Paul owned High Park Farm since 1966, and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre. Linden also does not like I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard.

Here are four videos and Mull is in the chart on the following pages.

Amanda in North Carolina likes Oh Holy Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Karen Carpenter.  Oh Holy Night was listed in our second article here.  Karen had one of the purest voices and I’m happy to include this video here.

 

Videos 1945 to 1961 here

Videos 1962 to 1978 here

Videos 1979 to 1995 here

Videos 1995 to 2012 here

 

Bob Tallent

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