Perhaps the best loved of all Christmas songs is Bing Crosby’s rendition of Irvin Berlin’s “White Christmas” from the film “Holiday Inn”, but there are other Christmas songs that vie for attention every Yuletide.
All of them have become Christmas classics heard year after year on the Radio and TV. Below are a few of the beloved. They range from ballads to rock classics.
Wham – “Last Christmas”
“Last Christmas” is the biggest selling UK Christmas song never to have reached number one. But in 1984 Wham were up against some stiff competition from Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Power of Love” which some may not think of as a Christmas song. Anyway Wham was pipped to the post by Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Claiming the coveted Top Twenty spot in 1984 was “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which was released to raise awareness of and funds for the terrible 1984 Ethiopian famine that killed many tens of thousands of adults and children.
Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas is You”
A whimsical Christmas song is “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” but Mariah went further and demanded a complete person. Although this song did not make it into the UK’s Top Ten charts it has nevertheless sold nearly ten million copies worldwide in countries as diverse as Spain and Japan.
Bing Crosby and David Bowie – “Little Drummer Boy”
Perhaps the most incongruous duo to produce a song for Christmas is the pairing of
David Bowie and Bing Crosby produced a tear inducing schmaltzy version of this song, despite that it did reasonably well.
Wizzard – “I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day”
Wizzard, an idiosyncratic 1960s/70s band, nearly made the 1973 Christmas number one with “I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day.” The band fought a slogging battle with Slade and their “It’s Christmas”, Slade’s song narrowly beat Wizzard. Both songs are still a Christmas favourites years after their initial release.
Wings – “Wonderful Christmas Time.”
Lead member of the Beatles who went on to form “Wings” Paul McCartney’s contribution to the genre is “Wonderful Christmas Time”, a song that has the honour of being included in a number of worst Paul McCartney songs lists. Still it was the Christmas hit for the 1970s last year.
Shakin’ Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone.”
In an inspired move Shakin Stevens delayed the release of “Merry Christmas Everyone” by one year as he thought that Band Aid’s “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” would sweep the board and he was right for in 1985 “Merry Christmas Everyone’ swept into Britain’s top pop spot.