Anyone who has ever watched the movie Love Actually will know the prestige that is accorded the single to top the UK singles chart on Christmas Day. According to that font of all knowledge – Wiki – “In the United Kingdom, Christmas number ones are singles that are top of the UK Singles Chart in the week in which Christmas Day falls. Novelty songs, charity songs or songs with a Christmas theme have regularly been at the top of Christmas charts. Traditionally the volume of record sales in the UK peaks at Christmas, with the Christmas number one being considered especially prestigious, more so than any other time of year. Many of the Christmas number ones were also the best-selling song of the year.“
Not every #1 Christmas single has a Christmas theme and there have been some interesting songs to top the charts.
list of #1 christmas songs of the 70s
|Year||Artist||Song Title||Weeks at #1|
|1970||Dave Edmunds||I Hear You Knocking||6|
|1971||Benny Hill||Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)||4|
|1972||Jimmy Osmond||Long Haired Lover from Liverpool||5|
|1973||Slade||Merry Xmas Everybody||5|
|1974||Mud||Lonely This Christmas||4|
|1976||Johnny Mathis||When a Child Is Born (Soleado)||3|
|1977||Wings||Mull of Kintyre / Girls’ School||9|
|1978||Boney M.||Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord||4|
|1979||Pink Floyd||Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)||5|
do they know it’s christmas?
Over the years, charity songs have made the list on several occasions, the quintessential example being, Do They Know it’s Christmas?
Band Aid spent five weeks at #1 over Christmas 1984. Band Aid II repeated the feat for three weeks over Christmas 1989. Band Aid 20 took the song to #1 again in 2004 (four weeks).
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody has made the #1 slot twice – in 1975 and again in 1991.
the beatles & the spice girls
The Beatles and the Spice Girls have both managed to score the #1 slot three years in a row;
The Beatles 1963 – 1965 with I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, and Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out.
The Spice Girls with 2 Become 1, Too Much, and Goodbye.
The Beatles had a fourth Christmas #1 in 1967 with Hello, Goodbye.
This year’s #1 is, LadBaby with We Built This City.
christmas treat – step into christmas
Step into Christmas never made it to #1, peaking at #24 on the UK singles chart and #56 in the US. It made the UK charts again in 2017, peaking at #11.
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by Elton John, Step into Christmas was released as a stand-alone single in November 1973 – the B-side was Ho, Ho, Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas).
Step into Christmas was later included as a bonus track on the 1995 remastered re-issue of the album Caribou and appears on various Christmas compilation albums.
Two versions of the song exist with different vocals.
In December 2018 the song was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 400,000 copies.
step into Christmas – elton john – 1973 – video
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