Top Ten Christmas Songs #5: In Dulci Jubilo

In Dulci Jubilo

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.

Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo (1975)

Dating back to the 14th century, In Dulci Jubilo (In Sweetest Rejoicing) is a traditional Christmas Carol adapted in English as Good Christian Men, Rejoice and its origins can be traced back to Germany. Having undergone many changes and translations over the centuries, the song eventually came into the hands of multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield who would later release one of my favourite eighties classics, Moonlight Shadow, in 1983. Back in the seventies, Oldfield recorded In Dulci Jubilo as an instrumental and gave us one of the must have songs on any Christmas compilation.

Released in December 1975 In Dulci Jubilo reached no.4 in the UK charts, quite a feat for an instrumental hit. Having a poor memory the song’s title is always hard for me to remember but that music is simply unforgettable. The video offers a demonstration of Oldfield’s array of talent, depicting no fewer than 9 simultaneous images, each one containing Oldfield playing a different instrument. It’s a song that always makes me smile and get into the Christmas spirit. An absolute classic that will be gracing the Brown household throughout Christmas.

Top Ten so far:-

5) Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo

6) Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

7) Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time

8) Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

9) Mud – Lonely This Christmas

10) Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

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Dave Brown

I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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