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.
Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (1973)
I can distinctly recall the famous battle between Blur and Oasis for the coveted UK no.1 spot in 1995 where Country House pipped Roll With It to the peak of the British charts. In December 1973 a similar tussle took place with Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday released just a week before Slade’s all-conquering Merry Xmas Everybody. Though Slade won the race to the top leaving Wizzard to only peak at no.4 I narrowly prefer Wizzard’s song to Slade’s. Now, I’m not a massive fan of children but I do enjoy the excitement the youngest get at the prospect of Father Christmas visiting and how those obvious questions they may think up about the plausibility of Santa are always overlooked. Wizzard’s song very much taps into the magic of Christmas, particularly for the children, with mention of snowmen, Santa and the bells ringing on Christmas Day.
Growing up, the idea of Christmas everyday was very appealing and in some respects it wouldn’t be a bad thing today, though the expense would be astronomical and being off work how would you afford it? For many children Christmas is the best time of year and although being sat around with our families all day watching Singing in the Rain and avoiding the Queen’s speech can become tiresome it is still good to pause in our busy lives and spend some quality time together. There is some delightful humour to the music video of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. After singer Roy Wood has invited the children to sing the last bit of the song he sends them hastily on their way even making as if to kick one off the set. That did make me smile. It’s almost a testament to the pleasure of being together at Christmas but a reminder of how fed up we sometimes get after a good few hours.
Top Ten so far:-
6) Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
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