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.
Flying Pickets – Only You (1983)
Released in November 1983, The Flying Picket’s debut song, a cover of the Yazoo hit penned by Vince Clarke (also of Depeche Mode and Erasure fame), was the Christmas no.1 in the British charts that year and stayed at the top for 5 weeks. For that reason it has become synonymous with Christmas though the context of the song has no link to the yuletide season. Interpretations of the song vary with some seeing it as a man reflecting on a relationship that has ended long ago, while others clearly garner romantic connotations from the lyrics with the song often being used at weddings. One would have to ask Vince Clarke what the real meaning is, but I think songs are wonderful if we get something different from them. After all, The Police’s Every Breath You Take is seen by many as romantic though it is said to be about obsession and stalking!
Despite being a Christmas no.1 I would probably not have included Only You in this list had I not seen Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s brilliant comedy, The Office. After two series the cast were brought back together for a Christmas special, in what became a fitting swansong. The office romance everyone wanted between Tim and Dawn finally happened when she realised what a condescending idiot her fiancé was and that her former colleague, Tim, who had long had feelings for her, was the ideal man. When Dawn returns towards the end of The Office you can clearly hear a version of Only You in the background. It was a memorable scene in its own right, but greatly enhanced by this song. Only You has found its home on Christmas compilations and I can’t see that ever changing.
Top Ten so far:-
4) The Flying Pickets – Only You
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