Before you go shouting it from the snow-covered rooftops we know, we know Wings' 'Mull of Kintyre' is not a Christmas song but the very fact that it was number one at Christmas in 1977 surely gives it the right to appear on a playlist such as this? And what a sing-a-long it is too, just perfect as that first drop of warm 'mulled' wine hits your lips! For the rest of the time our list of 'UK Christmas Number Ones' plays to type with all the usual suspects present and accounted for. So Band Aid's monster charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' takes pride of place, along with Shakin' Stevens' unbridled sound of merriment known as 'Merry Christmas Everyone'. Elsewhere there are sincere religious moments such as Boney M's bouncy 'Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord' and Johnny Mathis reflective 'When A Child Is Born'. And for every down in the mouth 'Lonely This Christmas' there is a bunch of lively 'Merry Xmas Everybody's to balance the books.
Most of the song selections on this playlist are well-known standards apart from 'Christmas Alphabet' by Dickie Valentine which made the number one spot in the UK way back in 1955. Although it is largely forgotten (and unfairly so given its quality) it is credited with being the first UK Christmas number one that was actually written for the season in question; thereby kick-starting a tradition that continues to this day.
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