Britain's Favourite Xmas Songs

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  1. Robbie

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    As compiled by the OCC and just broadcast for the last 3 hours on channel 5

    1 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid (UK #1) (3,650,000)
    2 MARY'S BOY CHILD - OH MY LORD Boney M (UK #1) (1,840,000)
    3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! (UK #2) (1,610,000)
    4 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY Slade (UK #1) (1,150,000)
    5 WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby (UK #5) (990,000)

    6 THE MILLENNIUM PRAYER Cliff Richard (UK #1) (910,000)
    7 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN (SOLEADO) Johnny Mathis (UK #1) (890,000)
    8 MISTLETOE AND WINE Cliff Richard (UK #1) (865,000)
    9 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John and Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band (UK #2) (860,000)
    10 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (UK #2) (815,000)

    11 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud (UK #1) (810,000)
    12 STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17 (UK #1) (770,000)
    13 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey (UK #2) (750,000)
    14 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin' Stevens (UK #1) (700,000)
    15 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood (UK #1) (660,000)
    16 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard (UK #4) (590,000)
    17 THERE'S NO-ONE QUITE LIKE GRANDMA St. Winifred's School Choir (UK #1) (550,000)
    18 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake (UK #2) (470,000)
    19 WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles (UK #2) (460,000)
    20 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie (UK #3) (420,000)

    21 CHRISTMAS TIME (DON'T LET THE BELLS END) The Darkness (UK #2) (410,000)
    22 BLUE CHRISTMAS Shakin' Stevens (UK #2, part of "The Shakin' Stevens EP") (400,000)
    23 PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney (UK #1 in mid-January!) (370,000)
    24 ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) and Kim (Wilde) (UK #3) (310,000)
    25 SAVIOUR'S DAY Cliff Richard (UK #1) (300,000)
    26 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney (UK #6) (260,000)
    27 IT'S GONNA BE A COLD, COLD CHRISTMAS Dana (UK #4) (230,000)
    28 PEACE ON EARTH - LITTLE DRUMMER BOY David Bowie and Bing Crosby (UK #3) (212,000)
    29 SILENT NIGHT Bros (UK #2) (210,000)
    30 FATHER CHRISTMAS, DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies (UK #7) (205,000)

    31 PROPER CRIMBO! Bo Selecta (UK #4) (202,000)
    32 MR. HANKEY THE CHRISTMAS POO Mr. Hankey (South Park) (UK #4) (201,000)
    33 PRETTY PAPER Roy Orbison (UK #6) (200,000)
    34 IN DULCE JUBILO Mike Oldfield (UK #4) (200,000)
    35 SANTO NATALE David Whitfield (UK #2) (190,000)
    36 WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones (UK #5) (181,000)
    37 ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter (UK #7) (180,000)
    38 LITTLE TOWN Cliff Richard (UK #11) (180,000)
    39 BIONIC SANTA Chris Hill (UK #10) (170,000)
    40 I'M WALKING BACKWARDS FOR CHRISTMAS The Goons (UK #4) (160,000)

    41 GAUDETE Steeleye Span (UK #14) (160,000)
    42 HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy (UK #13) (152,000)
    43 SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen (UK #9) (151,000)
    44 LITTLE DONKEY Nina and Frederick (UK #3) (150,000)
    45 PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi (UK #7) (148,000)
    46 A WINTER'S TALE David Essex (UK #2) (125,000)
    47 YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH The Smurfs (UK #8) (120,000)
    48 2000 MILES (The) Pretenders (UK #15) (117,000)
    49 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea (UK #33) (115,000)
    50 I BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS The Tweenies (UK #9) (112,000)

    51 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John (UK #24) (110,000)
    52 ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS SONG Geraldine (Peter Kay) (UK #5) (105,000)
    53 CRUISE INTO CHRISTMAS (MEDLEY) Jane McDonald (UK #10) (100,000)
    54 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Coldplay (UK #13) (85,000)
    55 THANK GOD IT'S CHRISTMAS Queen (UK #21) (75,000)
    56 BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews (UK #17) (65,000)
    57 NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS (GOBLIN IN THE OFFICE) Fat Les (UK #21) (60,000)
    58 MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING The Carpenters (UK #25) (59,000)
    59 SANTA BABY Eartha Kitt (UK #84) (55,000)
    60 A CHRISTMAS KISS Daniel O'Donnell (UK #20) (52,000)
    61 THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF THEM ALL Shakin' Stevens (UK #19) (50,000)
    62 HAVE A CHEEKY CHRISTMAS The Cheeky Girls (UK #10) (47,000)
    63 SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust (UK #29) (46,000)
    64 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE/ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU) Nat 'King' Cole (UK #51) (46,000)
    65 SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image (UK #22) (43,000)
     
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  2. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    There's a hell of a lot of shocks in that list for me. Do they REALLY need to go as far down to a song that only made #84 to get the 59th biggest selling Xmas song in the UK EVER?
     
  3. Robbie

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    As someone has pointed out at another forum there are a number of songs missing - apparently Channel 5 didn't want duplicated songs included so chose to omit the two remakes of "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Band Aid 20 sold over a million) and the Harry Belafonte original of "Mary's Boy Child".

    There's also the problem of "Fairytale Of New York" which Alan Jones has declared as the latest million seller, passing 1 million sales on 22/12/11 when the OCC figure from the above chart has the single on 815,000. There's no way the single has sold about 200,000 copies in the past month or so. Therefore either the OCC or Alan Jones is incorrect.

    Finally, there is also this problem of revised sales being used in countdowns which include singles from 1994 to 1996. rather than using the old method of calculating total market sales 9which required the use of a multiplier) the OCC are often prone to using the raw sales data they collected (known as defined universe sales, DUS) which only accounted for 75% of all sales in 1994 though which rose sharply in 1995 and 1996 as more record outlets provided sales data. By 1997 the figure had risen to over 99% of all known record sales. The OCC keep switching from estimated market sales to DUS depending on the artist and whichever member of the OCC is compiling the chart. In the above list the sales figure for "Stay Another Day" definitely uses the DUS figure (sales were given in 1999 of 923,000 based on total market sales, the above figure of 770,000 including downloads is noticeably less) while the sales for "All I Want For Christmas Is You" are obviously total market sales as the DUS figure would be a lot lower. To compound the confusion the latter was at number 2 behind the former in the Christmas chart of 1994 so it makes a mockery of the above chart to calculate sales for both singles in a different manner.
     
  4. Nathalie Tauziat's Analpony

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    Does anyone have a list of the sales of each Christmas #1 for each year; as I was under the impression that the majority of them are million sellers but after seeing this list that may not be the case
     
  5. Ellie

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    Quite shocking how low Elton John is there.
     
  6. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    In what way is 'There's No One Quite Like Grandma' a Christmas song? Or are we just counting any SENTIMENTAL OLD SHITE?
     
  7. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Some of it is a bit DUBIOUS. I mean if THAT is, why isn't 'Grandad' by Clive Dunn? I know it wasn't Christmas #1 as it didn't peak until January, but it was very high in the Christmas chart.
     
  8. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    It's been lovely this year to become reacquainted with Johnny Mathis' SHRUBBERY

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    I remember it well from '76
     
  9. Eileen

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    It was Xmas number 1. As was Mr Blobby, which ISN'T included. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER OCC AND STOP PRODUCING SHIT CHARTS LIKE THIS.
     
  10. lolly

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    Can you guarantee I'll get fibromyalgia, please?
     
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