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.
Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
Slade’s most famous and popular hit really needs no introduction. Released in December 1973 it landed straight at no.1 in the UK charts, unusual for a single back in the 1970s, and was still at the top in mid-January 1974! Yes, you’ll all be nodding, we know all that but why is it so low at a paltry no.8? Are you insane? Well, I did warn you many of my choices would cause disagreement but this is just my personal top 10 Christmas songs and Slade are still a welcome addition to this glorious collection and the festive season would not be the same without this classic blasting out of our stereos or IPods.
Penned by Holder and Lea, as were all of Slade’s six no.1 hits, Merry Xmas Everybody is addictive from the intro right through to that memorable ending where Holder proceeds to shout “It’s Christmas” very loudly. The song takes its inspiration from a typical family household with parents, grandparents and children all gathered round and enjoying the festivities. That wonderful line, “Look to the future now, it’s only just begun,” was Holder getting the nation to be positive about what lay ahead after difficult strikes in the UK. In that respect it could be treated as a generic turning over a new leaf as the New Year approaches just so long as we enjoy Christmas first. An absolute classic and thoroughly deserving of its success.
Top Ten so far:-
8) Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
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