Tuesday, 24 December 2013

It's Christmas!

It's Christmas! Here's 10 Christmas songs to help you get into the Christmas spirit! (In no particular order...) Also, there's a Christmas present at the bottom for you! :)

1. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl

Released in 1987, 'Fairytale of New York' only peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart, being beaten by Pet Shop Boy's 'Always On My Mind'. Being re-released many times since, and being a classic Christmas sing-a-long tune, it's been chosen as the Greatest Christmas Song in many countdowns and polls.

2. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for the relief of 1983-1985 famine in Ethiopia. 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' peaked at #1 in the UK Singles Chart and included lots of well known artists of the time, from Spandau Ballet, U2, Duran Duran, Bananarama and loads more! 

3. Saviour's Day - Cliff Richard

Peaking at #1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1990, the second time that Cliff Richard had a Christmas number 1. It's been voted into lists of both the best and the most annoying Christmas songs... 

4. Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) - The Darkness

Released in 2003, and falling behind Gary Jules and Michael Andrews cover of 'Mad World' in the Christmas charts, peaking at #1. They were at #1 in the week running up to the Christmas Chart, but fell short on the last day.

5. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and released in 197, the song reached #4. However, the song has appeared many times since in the UK Singles Chart, most notably after Lennon's death in 1980. Originally a protest song about the Vietnam War, 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' has since become a Christmas standard. 

6. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

A popular festive song by Shakin Stevens, released a year late, to avoid clashing with Band Aid's Christmas track, in 1985. It made it as Christmas #1 for that year and has re-entered the charts many times since. 

7. Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie

The song peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1980, only being kept from #1 by two re-released tracks from John Lennon after his death. In an interview Lewie said how he'd never intended for 'Stop The Cavalry' to be a Christmas hit, it was a protest song. 

8. Stay Another Day - East 17

A pop song recorded by British boy band East 17. Released late in 1994 and beacme their only #1 in the UK Singles Chart, making it their biggest hit. It also took Christmas #1 spot for 1994. It also topped the charts in Sweden, Ireland and Denmark...

9. Last Christmas - Wham! 

Released in 1984, written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists since it's original release. The charts had a battle for Christmas Number 1 that year with, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and 'Power of Love' and both were beaten by 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. 

10. Lonely This Christmas - Frank Hamilton

Now, here's a cover of 'Lonely This Christmas' originally by Mud, which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1974. Frank Hamilton has done a heartwarming cover and has given it up for a free download along with his original Christmas song '(I Wish This Was) A Christmas Song' from last year's One Song A Week. Enjoy! 

Hope you have a very merry xmas and see you in the new year! 

Thanks for reading! 

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