Christmas Number 1s come in all different types...
Whether it’s a tune known the world over, like Band Aid's iconic 1984 ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, or a major hit from a well-loved band like The Beatles in 1963 with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, or a comedy classic like Benny Hill's 1971 hit with ‘Ernie, The Fastest Milkman in the West’, they've all earned the accolade of Christmas Number 1.
Some Christmas Number 1s, however, hardly feel like a welcome present and are best erased from memory, like the catastrophe that was the 1993 Number 1, when Mr Blobby claimed top spot with the melodic - if irritating - tune ‘Mr Blobby’, or Bob the Builder's ‘Can We Fix It’ in 2000. How about you fix my ear drums thanks Bob!
Personally, I don’t think you can beat 'the classics'.
Slade's Noddy Holder screaming ‘It’s Christmas’ really starts my festive season off right, while The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl performing ‘Fairytale of New York’, despite some of its more delightful lyrics, is also a sure sign that Santa is on his way.
And who can forget Wizzard's ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’? I don’t, but the kids would absolutely love it, and I would definitely need a second job, and a third, probably even fourth job!
Whatever your favourite Christmas tune is, and whether you can imagine Santa himself blasting out a verse or two, I bet it has the ability to put a smile on your face just by hearing the opening few bars. Your mind wanders, the memories come flooding back and it makes you feel good.
Words can have amazing power and, I hope, just by reading this, you’ve already got a number of songs swirling around in your mind. Why not go and put them on, enjoy those memories and start thinking about all the new ones you’ll be making this festive season.
Merry Christmas Everybody!