Countdown Best Selling Christmas Hits in the UK

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    Detailed sales figures have long since ceased to exist (if they ever did) for many of the older titles in this chart.

    The top 8 are million-sellers. The Top 16 sold half a million+. By the time we get to no. 30 sales figures are around the 200,000 mark and tracks in the region of no. 40 have sales of approx 100,000. You should be aware that titles at the lower end of this Top 50 are probably almost 'too close to call.'

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    It is tough to decide which tracks should be included. Some are obvious. Others are borderline. Being a 'Christmassy' single isn't enough; there has to be an explicit reference to a clear aspect of Christmas / New Year etc. in the title or lyric. The line lies somewhere between "Walking in the Air" (included) and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Power of Love" (not included). A good indicator is whether or not the track would sound inappropriate when played outside the festive season.
     
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    50. Little Donkey - Nina & Frederick



    Nina & Frederik began singing together at the age of four. They tried their hand with a Christmas song in 1959 with a cover of Mary’s Boy Child, but it wasn’t until a year later when they had a top 3 hit with little Donkey.


    49. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders



    "2000 Miles" is a song by The Pretenders that was released in 1983 as the preceding single to their 1984 album, Learning to Crawl. It was most popular in the UK, where it peaked at No. 15 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1983. In the US, it was released as the B-side of both the 7-inch single and 12-inch single remix of the band's hit, "Middle of the Road".

    Considered a Christmas song, it has been released on various Christmas compilation albums. While many people believe the song's title and lyrics refer to two long-distance lovers who miss each other over the holidays, it was actually written for James Honeyman-Scott, the group's original guitar player, who died the year before the song was released.
     
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    48. Rock 'N' Roll Winter – Wizzard



    Released a year after their famous hit, this peaked at number 6 in the UK chart

    47. In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield



    Released in 1975, the festive song features an instrumental version of a Christmas carol, "In dulci jubilo", as well as the final song from Oldfield's Ommadawn album, "On Horseback".

    This record's success as a Christmas single encouraged Oldfield to issue a similar instrumental piece, Portsmouth, the following year.


    On 27 July 2012 at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Mike Oldfield performed renditions of Tubular Bells, "Far Above the Clouds" and "In Dulci Jubilo" during a segment about the NHS. This rendition appears on the soundtrack album Isles of Wonder.


    The piece was also used as the theme tune to the BBC cookery show Fanny Cradock Cooks for Christmas.

    It peaked at number 4
     
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    46. Grandma's Party - Paul Nicholas



    Peaking at number 9 in the UK charts way back in 1976

    45. Please Come Home for Christmas – Bon Jovi



    Jon Bon Jovi covered the song on the 1992 holiday album, A Very Special Christmas 2. A promo music video that featured supermodel Cindy Crawford was made to accompany that release. In 1994 the same recording was released as a charity single in Europe, but this time instead of being credited as a solo recording by Jon Bon Jovi it was released under the band name Bon Jovi. The 1994 single release made the top ten in both the UK and Ireland.

    Peaking at number 7
     
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    44. A Winter’s Tale – Queen



    "A Winter's Tale" is a song by Queen, from the album Made in Heaven, released in 1995 after Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. It was written after the Innuendo sessions, inspired as Mercury was staring out the windows of his apartment, in Montreux. The song has a psychedelic, dreamy feel, and describes what Mercury saw outside the windows

    Peaking at number 6 in 1995




    43. Another Rock & Roll Christmas – Gary Glitter

    "Another Rock and Roll Christmas" is a 1984 Christmas song by English glam rock singer Gary Glitter, written by Glitter with Mike Leander and Eddie (Edward John) Seago and produced by Leander. It was one of the most played Christmas hits on UK radio from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, but is now very rarely heard publicly following Glitter's convictions for child pornography and child abuse in 1999.
     
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    42. Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me – The Goodies



    "The Inbetweenies" is a song by Bill Oddie and recorded by The Goodies. It was released as a single in October 1974 with "Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" on the B-side.


    It entered the UK Singles Chart on 7 December 1974 at #41. It remained in the chart for 9 weeks, peaking at #7.


    In November 1974, the sides were reversed with "Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" released as a single with "The Inbetweenies" on the B-side


    41. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town – Bruce Springsteen



    A rock version by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band inspired by the Crystals 1963 version, was recorded live at C. W. Post College in Brookville, New York on December 12, 1975. This live version borrows the chorus refrain from the 1963 version by The Crystals. This version was eventually released first in 1982 as part of the Sesame Street compilation album In Harmony 2, and again in 1985 as a B-side to "My Hometown", a single from the Born in the U.S.A. album. Springsteen's rendition of the song has received radio airplay perennially at Christmastime for years; it appeared on Billboard magazine's Hot Singles Recurrents chart each year from 2002 to 2009 due to seasonal air play
     
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    40. Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo – Mr Hanky



    From the TV show South Park, this was a top 4 hit in 1999



    39. It's Gonna Be a Cold Cold Christmas – Dana



    This one peaked at number 4 way back in 1975
     
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    Yes - I can imagine Christmas would be a bit of a minefield. I have one Christmas album that has a lot of Christmas #1s on rather than just the usual suspects and many of them aren't Christmassy at all, but of course they have that association.

    Yes - I like that.




    I imagine it may take quite a while to get through these fifty, but one thought is that if there's time we could do a quickfire Top Ten all choosing our favourites from these fifty at some point. I'd be curious to see how SoapChat's members re-order these songs. ;)
     
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    Yes, and even that comes down to personal experience.

    That's a fab idea and we will have time if I double up on posting the list. :D
     
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    Completely. For whatever reason I can't remember watching the video for Frankie's The Power Of Love until some time in the last decade so I never really thought of it as a Christmas song. When you put the lyrics with the video it makes sense, but without that association it's just a great non-seasonal song.

    Many Steps fans think of Heartbeat as a Christmas song - partly because of when it was in the charts, but also because the video is quite Christmassy. But the song itself has nothing to do with Christmas and still works in July.


    Oh yikes. I'm sure you'll be busy enough this month so don't rush. I'm having fun watching them unfold and wondering which ones are coming up next. I have an inkling about the #1 but I could be completely off. Either way I'm expecting to be surprised along the way.
     
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    I've always thought of this as a Christmas song, but I think that is down to it appearing on most Christmas compilations over the years.

    And yet, I can not associate Christmas with Jackson's Earth Song, Whitney's, I Will Always Love You and Queen's, Bohemian Rhapsody which all sold in their millions and were the Christmas number one of their years
    Ha! I always think of Christmas with this one and it's probably one of my most watched videos. Round the time this was in the charts I recall watching two music channels The Box and VH1, it was the year we first had Sky TV and I was obsessed with the music channels and we all know the Steps song was around for quite some time back then.

    I've already done the research, it's just a matter of finding the videos (which can be time-consuming if I get carried away watching each one :D) and posting it on the thread.
    I don't think there will be a surprise at number one because of how big the song was back in its original release.

    But I'm hoping there will be some big surprises before we reach the end, especially the song that falls at number 19.
     
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    Oh - same here. I have a vague memory of discussing non-seasonal Christmas #1s on the forum at some point over the years, but I still find those surprising.

    I loved those two channels too.

    And who can blame you for watching that video so many times. What a classic: Faye's Predator dreads. Claire's Sonic The Hedgehog haircut. Lisa's Emma Peel outfit and high kick. Lee doing his Black Magic man bit. And H tied up and tortured. What's not to like?!



    Oh - I know that one.


    That's why I love these Best Seller threads. They've all surprised me so far.


    Intriguing.

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    38. The Gift of Christmas – The Childliners



    "The Gift of Christmas" is a 1995 charity single by supergroup Childliners, with the proceeds of the single going to Childline. The song was written by Tony Mortimer of East 17. In a similar ilk to "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid, the song features popular chart acts such as MN8, Boyzone, East 17, Backstreet Boys, Dannii Minogue, Peter Andre and more. It peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart, number 10 in Ireland and number 7 in Scotland


    The performers

    A.S.A.P.
    Backstreet Boys
    Boyzone
    C. J. Lewis
    China Black
    Dannii Minogue
    Deuce
    E.Y.C.
    East 17
    Gemini
    Let Loose
    MN8
    Michelle Gayle
    Nightcrawlers
    Peter Andre
    Sean Maguire
    The Flood
    Ultimate Kaos
    West End



    37. Proper Crimbo - Bo Selecta



    "Proper Crimbo" is a Christmas song written and performed by the creator of the British comedy programme Bo' Selecta!, Leigh Francis featured various artists. "Crimbo" is an English slang term for Christmas. Released in December 2003, the single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the charts for nine weeks.


    Artists

    The 3AM Girls
    4 Poofs and a Piano
    Simon Amstell
    Ade Adepitan
    Richard Bacon
    Chris Bisson
    Melanie Blatt
    Edith Bowman
    Melanie Brown
    Natalie Brown
    Jimmy Carr
    Brian Clough
    Nigel Clough
    Joe Cornish
    Terri Dwyer
    Jenni Falconer
    Caroline Flack
    Leigh Francis
    Kirsty Gallacher
    Bob Geldof
    Jade Goody
    David Gray
    Jimmy Greaves
    Christine Hamilton
    Harvey
    Katy Hill
    Ian St John
    Kerry Katona
    John Leslie
    Chris Moyles
    Dermot O'Leary
    Denise van Outen
    Ozzy Rezat
    Ben Shephard
    David Sneddon
    William G. Stewart
    Kate Thornton
    Martin Tyler
    Holly Valance
    Matthew Wright
    Jimmy Young
     
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    36. The Perfect Year - Dina Carroll



    The follow-up single to “Don’t Be a Stranger”, this one peaked at number 5 in 1993





    35. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree – Mel Smith & Kim Wilde



    A version of the song by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith (credited as "Mel & Kim" as a parody of then-popular sister act Mel and Kim), featuring Pete Thomas, reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart during the Christmas season 1987. The track was recorded to raise funds for Comic Relief. Its accompanying video featured the two hosting a Christmas party with guests including The Mekon and an appearance from Smith's comedy partner Griff Rhys Jones, carol singers played by the band Curiosity Killed the Cat and Spitting Image puppets of Bette Midler and Tina Turner.

    Kim Wilde recorded a new version of the song on her 2013 holiday album Wilde Winter Songbook together with Nik Kershaw.


    Bob Rivers did a parody of the song entitled "Shoppin' Around for a Christmas Tree," released on his White Trash Christmas album in 2002

     
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    34. Silent Night – Bros



    Released as a double A side along with "Cat Among the Pigeons" this song peaked at number 2 in 1988






    33. Christmas Alphabet - Dickie Valentine



    "Christmas Alphabet" is a Christmas song written by Buddy Kaye and Jules Loman, first released in 1954 by The McGuire Sisters


    In 1955 a cover version recorded by Dickie Valentine and produced by Dick Rowe became a Christmas Number One hit in the UK Singles Chart. It first entered the UK chart on 25 November 1955, where it spent seven weeks, three of which were at No. 1.


    It is notable for being the first UK Christmas chart topper that is actually about Christmas, a trend that would continue on and off over the next several decades
     
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    I did a countdown of each Christmas number one from 1952 before the crash and I think we discussed quite a bit in that thread.

    :floor::floor::floor:
     
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    Ah yes.

     
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    Oh noooo


    You've set me off on another Meat Loaf binge.

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    You're welcome!! :elvis:

    :D
     
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    32. Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison



    "Pretty Paper" is a song written by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson in 1963. After being signed to Monument Records, Nelson played the song for producer Fred Foster. Foster pitched the song to Roy Orbison, who turned it into a hit.

    The song tells the story of a street vendor who, during the holiday season, sells pencils and paper on the streets.

    Peaking at number 6 in 1964

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Paper_(song)



    31. When You Come Back To Me – Jason Donovan



    Released on 27 November 1989 as the first single from his second album Between the Lines. It charted in the UK on 9 December 1989, peaking at Number 2 the following week and returning to the same position in January 1990, becoming one of his biggest selling singles
     

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