CHRISTMAS TIME...This is the one time of the year we accept the cheesy, smoochy love songs, the crazy novelty songs and traditional carols smothering the charts. However, in recent times, this has changed, it is more a five minute money making exercise by the cut throat business empire of Simon Cowell. X-Factor "winners" (more often average talentless wannabes) who get their Christmas Number One, make SyCo a whole load of money and then unceremoniously dumped never to be heard of again! Well, this blog is a Cowell-free zone, I'm taking you back to the real Christmas in music, its not about money its about feeling festive!!
That honour goes to Al Martino's "Here In My Heart" in 1952.
What was the first number one to contain the word "Christmas"?-
Dickie Valentine's "Christmas Alphabet" hit top spot in 1955.
What is the best selling Christmas song in the UK?-
Band Aid in all its forms, original in 1984, "Do They Know Its Christmas".
"White Christmas" by Bing Crosby is, according to the Guiness World Records, the biggest selling single of all time, and probably the most famous Christmas song too! With estimated sales of over 50 million copies worldwide it takes some beating.
Songs that actually contained the word "Christmas" or "Xmas" are the ones we know and love such as Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody", Shakin' Stevens' "Merry Christmas Everyone" and Wizzard "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
Songs that contain the main man's name include "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jimmy Boyd, the late Greg Lake's "I Believe In Father Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Bruce Springsteen.
Probably most popular is Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" and Mud's "Lonely This Christmas". There's also "Please Come Home For Christmas" by Bon Jovi and "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt.
I don't mean the kids' cartoon offerings or Bob The Builder or Mr Blobby I mean the fun songs!. My favourite is The Spinners' "Twelve Days of Christmas" with "what's a colly bird?" and various animal noises. Hilarious. Also, there was "Never Mond The Presents by The Barron Knights and "Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" from The Three Stooges. Who can forget "Santa Claus Is On The Dole" by Spitting Image!
Even though snow is rare in the UK at Christmas we all love to see those Christmas films with the white stuff and on the cards. We do have Winter though!! Some songs that cite the two are "A Winter's Tale" by David Essex, "Footprints In The Snow" by Johnny Duncan and His Bluegrass Boys, "Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mathis and "Snowbound For Christmas", another festive tune from Dickie Valentine. Don't forget the classic "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" by Dean Martin and the recent hit from the film "Frozen", "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?".
CHRISTMAS TRADITION -
There are less and less Carol Singers visting doors now, because kids are probably too lazy to learn ALL the words! I always remember the Carols as a kid in school, the traditional Christmas songs. Here is a list below, see if you remember any with fondness!!We really dont hear them anymore because of the commercialisation of Christmas. Only classic Christmas films to we get the real songs of the festive season.
O HOLY NIGHT
HARK!THE HERAL ANGELS SING
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
IN THE BLEAK MID WINTER
ONCE IN ROYAL DAVIDS CITY
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
AWAY IN A MANGER
DING DONG!MERRILY ON HIGH
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
WE THREE KINGS
GOOD KING WENCESLAS
THE FIRST NOEL
GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN