It’s hard to believe that once upon a time the race to the top of the charts to claim the Christmas Number 1 was such a momentous occasion come December. The young people of today would surely scoff if they heard this, considering how far it has fallen and what such a non-event it has become.
Recent Entries Dire
No longer do people have their eyes glued to the charts in the weeks leading up to the final hit parade before Christmas. Years of The X Factor winner’s song dominating the No.1 spot and charity singles, however well intended, have transformed it all into a rather dull affair.
This year saw ‘LadBaby’ bow out of contention after spending the past five years riding high with charity jingles - often incorporating the words ‘sausage rolls’ into existing hits. As mentioned, the giving element is of course a positive, but the songs themselves have simply been dire.
Who can say when the musicians of Great Britain last produced a memorable Christmas number? Gone are the heydays of the latter half of the 20th Century which produced such fantastic festive favourites. There have been some notable efforts, like Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep, and Ed Sheeran and Elton John’s Merry Christmas, but it really is true to say they don’t make them like they used to.
This year, it seems as though the running is dominated by staples like Wham!’s Last Christmas and Fairytale of New York by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - the latter of course receiving support for the No.1 by fans of the late Shane MacGowan. Neither have been in the top spot at Christmas and while worthy contenders - it’s time we got some new entries to add to the Christmas canon.
Return To Glory Days
To return to these glory days would be something to bring the nation together, back to a time where the spot was so coveted and people were backing the different entries. Good old fashioned fun that everyone could be a part of and have their picks. I think some artists see a Christmas track as too ‘gimmicky’ and that their ‘art’ is above that - but they couldn’t be more wrong and if anything would only be boosting a career.
Plus - in addition to immortalising themselves in music - if the musicians get a writing credit and produce a halfway decent Christmas tune then they’ll be laughing when the royalties roll in every December!
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