Some people wish it could be Christmas everyday! They enthuse over every traditional ritual we hold dear as a nation, from the Queen’s speech to the inevitable discussion about who will be Christmas number 1 this year?
Our obsession with the Christmas number one began in the 1970s! A decade marred by IRA bombings and a three day week left people looking for a little escapism! Battling for the hotspot, glam rockers Wizzard and Slade provided it in bucket loads, with Slade eventually coming out on top!
Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
Of course there would be no festive playlist complete without Wizzard and Slade and in the modern world these songs are still downloaded up to 10,000 each year!
As Christmas number ones can be such a good perennial earner, it is no wonder that many bands want to uncover the secret to the top spot, after all Christmas is a costly time. Some of the most popular Christmas hits are specifically seasonally. However all it took East 17 was some sleigh bells and a walk through the snow in big puffy coats..job done!
Charity number ones are always big in the festive season. Band Aid is still the biggest Christmas number one of all time. And probably quite rightly so, after all it really promotes the message that Christmas is a time for thinking about the less fortunate.
Of course in the 1990s, Popstars The Rivals and subsequently the X Factor started to muscle in on the Christmas number one, prompting a whole range of bands to try and stop the charts being owned and manipulated by reality pop stars.
NHS Choir – A Bridge Over You. Christmas Number 1 2015:
Do you fancy your own chances of making a Christmas number 1 ? Do you think you could rage against the machine and snaffle the top spot? If you are a little on the back foot this year, why not hone your music skills with some online lessons. Whether you are looking to learn the guitar online or perhaps just brush up on some singing, we can help.