Courtesy of the ever reliable Timehop I’ve been reminded of this post, from two years ago today. Having reread it, I think it worthy of one of my regular acts of recycling, as few of my current readers will have seen it before. It’s also a little bit of fun to drop into the mix with my current series of #ChristmasSongADay, and there is no overlap – well, so far, anyway. Watch this space!
In sharing this again, I feel duty bound to make amends for my rather unkind comment about that Bieber bloke. Shortly after I posted this originally, he asked his fans to buy a charity record which was raising funds for healthcare, and it worked: they took the number one spot away from him. He ended up with numbers two and three, but I’m not so contrite that I’ll include his song here! I know he probably didn’t need the money but it was nevertheless a nice gesture to give up the honour of being number one for Christmas.
Enjoy my selection of some of the songs which I feel have been robbed over the years, and I’ll see you again on Christmas Day for the final part of this year’s Christmas posts.
I feel I should point out immediately that this piece is about pop music, and has nothing to do with bodily functions, so if you have come here for the wrong reason I suggest you leave quietly, before anyone notices. I won’t tell. Honest!
A slightly strange custom grew up in the UK in the 1960s surrounding the music charts: who would have the Christmas number one single? The charts as we know them date back to 1952, and gradually the achievement of being number one at Christmas came to acquire a certain cachet. During my teenage years this actually mattered to us, believe it or not. We talked about it, we had our favourites that we wanted to see at the top of the charts, and more often than not we were disappointed. To this day, the status of “Christmas Number One” still gets a lot of media coverage…
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