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The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
With Christmas fast approaching The Music Mag thought it time to compile the definitive list of the best Christmas songs ever made! Are you excited to find out what song sits atop the Christmas tree?
11/ Frank Sinatra – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
We start with a song created back in 1943. Any song created nearly 70 years ago and still widely listened to deserves major applause. The version we’ve chosen here is the Frank Sinatra one, although created and made famous by the legendary Bing Crosby, speaking of which…
10/ Bing Crosby – White Christmas
With an estimated 50 million copies recorded worldwide White Christmas is easily one of the most successful Christmas songs of all time!
It was reported that during World War II the troops used to listen to the song due to the emotional lyrics and melancholy sound.
9/ Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Despite not even reaching the top 100 in the US it topped the UK charts at number 6. However the longevity of the song is something to be admired.
With paul McCartney making approximmately $400,000 off the song each and every year, which leads to a sum of around $15 million, ‘ding dong’ indeed…
8/ Greg Lake – I believe in Father Christmas
Believe it or not the song was written in protest to the commercialisation of Christmas and reached number 2 in the UK charts.
It was released in 1974 and was his only hit as a singles artist.
7/ Mud (not Elvis Presley) – Lonely this Christmas
It will be lonely this Christmas without this song on this list…. It will be oh so cold, without the record to hold. You get the idea… A beautiful song made in tribute to one of the pop icons of our lifetime. Definitely deserving a place pretty high up on the list.
It was performed by Mud and many (including ourselves) think Elvis performs the track. In fact it is just a great impersonation.
6/ Dean Martin – Walking in a winter wonderland
One fact shows the popularity of this song: This record has been recorded by over 150 artists, wow, most artists don’t even release 150 songs in their whole career, never mind this criss cross of fortune.
The inspiration for the song came from seeing Honesdale’s Central Park covered in snow one fateful day. Decades later whilst not all of us may be able to see Central Park covered in snow, at least we have this song.
5/ Wham – Last Christmas
Something which sets this song apart from others is that it enters the German chart every single year since its release, even coming in the top 5 in 2007 – making it the most successful Christmas song in Germany of all time… Meanwhile in the UK it reached a respectable number 26 in the chart in 2011.
It has sold millions and millions of copies worldwide and is one of the most successful Christmas songs of all time.
4/ Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas is You
Not quite breaking the top 3 is the beautiful Mariah Carey.
One of the more recent Christmas songs it was released in 1994, inspired by her feelings for then partner Tommy Mottola.
Something that stands this track apart from the crowd is that it is the best selling digital Christmas record ever! Good bragging rights for Mariah.
And now for the top 3 essential Christmas songs…
3/ John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Written by the, er, couple of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, it reached number 4 on the UK charts.
By a more popular, but possibly not as well-opinioned poll (VH1), it was voted as the 9th best christmas song ever made… we feel it deserves a slightly higher place: either because of the thoughtful lyrics, or because my mother overplayed the hell out of it when I was growing up and now I will forever associate it with antyhing Christmas related.
2/ The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
When people think of The Pogues they think of two things – Dentists and ‘fairy tale of new york’. The bands lead singer, who suffers from very bad teeth – or lack of – is actually inspiring, because his look didn’t hold him back from making one of the most celebrated Christmas songs of all time.
1/ Slade – Merry Christmas Everyone
You can’t beat the Christmas spirit of an English rock band from Wolverhampton (of all places), it just cannot be done! This song incorporates everything that’s right about christmas.
According to Wikipedia, sales for this legendary song stand at a massive 6 and a half million. I’m sure by the time some of you read this that number would have increased even more.
We at The Music Mag hope you enjoyed our list, please feel free to share it with your friends and family.
Merry Christmas Everyone!