Top 10 Christmas Songs

Top 10 Christmas Songs

Here at True Vision we’re listening to our favorite christmas songs on repeat, so we thought we’d share our top 10 fave songs - so you can listen and enjoy with us!


Number 1: 

All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

This song is a classic, it holds three Guinness world records and was written and composed by Afanasieff and Mariah.


The song was inspired by 1950/1960s music, Mariah wanted to make you feel pure and utter bliss whilst listening to the song - which she undoubtedly did! And on Christmas day in 2018 the song broke spotify’s single day plays record, though it was unfortunately beaten a few months later by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. Then Christmas day 2019 came around and the song took back the throne. 


We all know this song is extremely popular, selling more than 14 million copies! It was awarded for being the highest charting holiday song on the billboard US hot 100 by a solo artist, most streamed song in 24hrs and most weeks in the UK singles top 10 chart for a christmas song. 


The devil works hard, but “All I Want For Christmas Is You” works harder, every holiday season.  



Number 2:

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl


Second on our list is a song that’s been in the top 20 every year since 2005, and was made as a bet. Elvis Costello - the producer of The Pogues bet Shane MacGowman and co-writer Jen Finer that they couldn’t come up with a christmas song that wasn’t mushy. 


Originally released in the 1980s, The Pogues re-released the song again in 2005 donating all the proceeds to a mix of homeless charities and ‘justice for Kirsty’ - a campaign to find out the truth behind MacColls death which happened because of a speedboat accident in 2000. 

Number 3:

Last Christmas - Wham!


This may come as a surprise because the song is literally called ‘last christmas’ but it’s not actually about christmas or anything to do with the holiday, in fact it’s about a failed romance that had begun on December 25th and ended sadly a day later on the 26th as Micheal gave his heart to someone, and the other person ‘gave it away’.


‘Last Christmas’ has never reached number 1 in the UK and we were surprised at that! Instead it was at number 2, never reaching number 1 but it still managed to become the highest selling UK single of all time to not reach that top spot. 

Number 4:

Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade

The fastest selling number 1 in the UK and before it’s release the song had around half a million advance orders and not only that but it is the most played pop classic song in the world.


It took Jim Lea a 20 minute shower to come up with the song, he said that Nod had a few lyrics about watching the world go by that helped him put the song together.


The famous “it’s christmaaaas” line was just meant to let the rest of the band know the song was coming to an end and wasn't meant to be included in the song but Slade's producer loved it that much, he said that the band had to keep it in.

 

Number 5:

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

In 1973 this song got beat in the charts by merry christmas everybody, but instead of dwelling on it, it made Roy Woods realise that if he re released it in 1981 it could get higher in the charts although, the master tape was missing meaning a new version had to be re recorded, with a new choir which is the version we hear today. The original version to this day is still missing.


Number 6:

Do They Know It’s Christmas - Band Aid

This song held the record for the best selling Uk single for 13 years, which is quite the achievement. 


We all know that Paul Young sang on the song but the first signing part was originally intended for David Bowie to sing, which ended up not happening though he did contribute to the extended version ‘feed the world’ and sang the part during the live aid concert. 


The song was made to touch people's heartstrings and to loosen their purse strings. 

Number 7:

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin’ Stevens

Bob Heatlie, the songwriter of this song wrote it during a heatwave. He always dreamed of having a Christmas single so he made some christmassy sounds on a keyboard and the lyrics “snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun” just came to him. 


The song soon became a hit and people were soon walking around the streets and shopping malls singing the song and still to this day is one of the most popular Christmas songs. 


Number 8:

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

This song when released didn't even chart that year or the following, but after Brenda Lee had a few hits herself it finally got into the charts and soon became a christmas classic.


This song is about a yuletide dancy party and was written by Jonny Marks who also wrote ‘rudolph the rednosed reindeer’ and ‘holly jolly christmas’ and everytime we listen to it we can't help but think of the movie ‘Home Alone’ when Kevin stages a fake christmas party to fool the burglars. 

Number 9:

Happy Christmas War Is Over - John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Again, this song didn’t chart in the US at all when it was first released, but during the following year it was released in the UK and charted at number four. Eventually america realised it was a good song and it slowly became successful. 


But this isn’t like every other christmas song with bells and joy, it instead makes you think about those who live in fear and stating about the end of war.

Number 10:

Step Into Christmas - Elton John

It is one of the UKs top christmas songs played each year, since entering the top 10 for the first time in december 2018.


Because 1973 was an incredible year for Elton he wanted to make a thank you song for his fans and that's where the idea came to life. 


BONUS TRACK!

Pantmawr Pub - Merry Christmas (Dan Marshall Mash Up) (Dean Martin - Let it Snow DNB Remix)

This one’s for all the Drum and Bass lovers out there!


Here at True Vision we love drum and bass music, so we saw the opportunity to include this song and took it! This is one of our top favourite Christmas songs and highly suggest you take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YPnmmbFEK4  

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