With the festive season upon us and Christmas just round the corner many of us will have been dusting down those compilations of Xmas songs and revelling in the classics, while cringing at some of the awful hits we would rather forget. To get into the festive spirit I’ve compiled my ten favourite Xmas songs which I’ll be posting daily in the run up to Christmas Day. Many will have you shaking your heads in disbelief, I am sure, but others will hopefully have you singing along. As always, I’d welcome feedback and would be interested in hearing your top 10s.
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984)
Released in December 1984 and written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, Do They Know It’s Christmas? was Geldof’s response to the famine in Ethiopia. After recruiting a plethora of musicians to record the song, Geldof saw the public respond well and the song shifted 3.5 million copies, was the Christmas no.1 and remained the best selling single in Britiain until Elton John released a new version of Candle in the Wind after the death of Princess Diana. Though Geldof was instrumental in bringing the song and indeed the crisis in Ethiopia to the public consciousness, the achievement of Do They Know It’s Christmas? is down to all the musicians and to everyone that bought the single and helped contribute to the relief of Ethiopia.
While this isn’t the greatest song you will ever hear it is still catchy and its significance in music history cannot be overlooked. It’s heartwarming to know what can be achieved if a group of individuals work together and inspire the public to follow their dream. When discussing the void between the rich and poor, I have always said if all the money in the world was split equally between everyone we would all be more than comfortable for the rest of our lives. While Do They Know It’s Christmas? has not prevented further crises affecting Ethiopia it is still a testament to how, in times of adversity, we can all band together and help one another. In a society where many are self-serving it’s good to know a lot of people such as aid workers are doing the equivalent of Geldof’s achievement on a daily basis, not just financially but with every other resource they possess.
Top Ten so far:-
10) Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
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