CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 24 BLOG POST
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ADVENT DOOR 24 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!
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CHRISTMAS EVE! GRANDAUGHTER FREYA’S BIRTHDAY!!!
- A CHRISTMAS CARD.
- THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.
Every Christmas Number 2 on the Official Chart
The Christmas No.1 is announced at 17.30 today. And the Christmas No.2.
We all make a lot of the Christmas N0.1s. For me it is one of the exciting things I look forward to for Christmas, except that is for the last few years where the X Factor winner has been the Christmas No.1 and then the last three years the ridiculous Ladbaby which was not worthy of a Christmas No.1.
But what about the Christmas No.2s? The ones who just missed out on the coveted Christmas No.1. There have been so many brilliant ones that deserved the Christmas No.1, especially over the last few years.
Here is every Christmas No.2 since the chart started in 1952. Enjoy!
YEAR TITLE ARTIST
1952 YOU BELONG TO ME JO STAFFORD
1953 ANSWER ME DAVID WHITFIELD
1954 SANTO NATALE DAVID WHITFIELD
1955 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS
1956 SINGING THE BLUES GUY MITCHELL
1957 MA HE’S MAKING EYES AT ME JOHNNY OTIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA WITH MARIE ADAMS
1958 HOOT MON LORD ROCKINGHAM’S XI
1959 WHAT DO YOU WANT ADAM FAITH
1960 IT’S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY
1961 TOWER OF STRENGTH FRANKIE VAUGHN
1962 THE NEXT TIME/BACHELOR BOY CLIFF RICHARD
1963 SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES
1964 DOWNTOWN PETULA CLARK
1965 WIND ME UP (LET ME GO) CLIFF RICHARD
1966 SUNSHINE SUPERMAN DONOVAN
1967 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (EP) THE BEATLES
1968 BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP THE FOUNDATIONS
1969 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN KENNY ROGERS AND THE FIRST EDITION
1970 WHEN I’M DEAD AND GONE MCGUINNESS FLINT
1971 JEEPSTER T. REX
1972 MY DING-A-LING CHUCK BERRY
1973 I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER
1974 YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
1975 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS GREG LAKE
1976 UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY
1977 THE FLORAL DANCE BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK BRASS BAND
1978 Y.M.C.A. THE VILLAGE PEOPLE
1979 I HAVE A DREAM ABBA
1980 (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER JOHN LENNON
1981 DADDY’S HOME CLIFF RICHARD
1982 BLUE CHRISTMAS (EP) SHAKIN’ STEVENS
1983 MY OH MY SLADE
1984 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM
1985 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON
1986 CARAVAN OF LOVE THE HOUSEMARTINS
1987 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK THE POGUES & KIRSTY MACCOLL
1988 ESPECIALLY FOR YOU KYLIE AND JASON
1989 LET’S PARTY JIVE BUNNY AND THE MASTERMIXERS
1990 ICE ICE BABY VANILLA ICE
1991 WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME DIANA ROSS
1992 HEAL THE WORLD MICHAEL JACKSON
1993 BABE TAKE THAT
1994 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY
1995 WONDERWALL THE MIKE FLOWER POPS
1996 KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR DUNBLANE
1997 TELETUBBIES SAY EH-OH! TELETUBBIES
1998 CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS (P.S. I LOVE YOU) CHEF
1999 THE MILLENNUM PRAYER CLIFF RICHARD
2000 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE
2001 HOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE GORDON HASKELL
2002 SACRED TRUST ONE TRUE VOICE
2003 CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END) THE DARKNESS
2004 FATHER AND SON RONAN KEATING FT. YUSUF ISLAM
2005 JCB SONG NIZLOPI
2006 PATIENCE TAKE THAT
2007 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD KATIE MELUA AND EVA CASSIDY
2008 HALLELUJAH JEFF BUCKLEY
2009 THE CLIMB JOE MCELDERRY
2010 WHAT’S MY NAME RIHANNA FT. DRAKE
2011 CANNONBALL LITTLE MIX
2012 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR
2013 HAPPY PHARRELL
2014 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS
2015 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
2016 HUMAN RAG’N’BONE MAN
2017 RIVER EMINEM FT. ED SHEERAN
2018 SWEET BUT PSYCHO AVA MAX
2019 OWN IT STORMZY FT ED SHEERAN & BURNA BOY
2020 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY
©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
- A Christmas Track.
- One More Sleep Leons Lewis 2:50
- A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
- AN ANNUAL.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.
- CHRISTMAS FILMS.
- CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.
- A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
- ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- A CHRISTMAS TREE.
- CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.
- CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
- CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
- A PANTOMIME.
Production company: Crossroads Pantomimes
Dates: 10th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022
Cast: Craig Revel Horwood, Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell & Sooty, Daniel Norford, Georgia Carr
Special effects by The Twins FX
- ELF ON THE SHELF.
- CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.
The TOP 20 biggest Christmas Number 1s of all time
The ultimate list of yuletide smashes
By Ian Wade
It’s that time of the year again, as we await the news as to who will be the Christmas Number 1 2021. But what are the biggest Christmas Number 1s of all time? Well, handily we’ve been at the calculators and worked out what they are by combining both sales and streaming figures to produce the ultimate list.
Look away now though, Ladbaby, I’d pop the bubbly back in the fridge if I were you.
Perhaps the quintessential Christmas chart-topper, the original Band Aid line-up’s version of Do They Know It’s Christmas from 1984 is not only the biggest-seller with 3.83 million sales, but with streams combined it now totals at 4,989,000. With it continuing to re-enter the Official Chart every Christmas, it’s likely to hold on to that position for some time.
But wait. Who is this hot on its heels? Why, it’s Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with a combined total of 4,304,000, possibly helped by the fact it’s been Christmas Number 1 twice. Also, due to its non-Christmas subject matter and being Queen’s biggest song in general which is played throughout the year, it has the potential of creeping up to pole position.
Another non-festive favourite that’s stormed its way up the list is Ed Sheeran’s 2017 Number 1 Perfect, with a combined total of 4,130,000. Again, it’s one of those non-period specific songs that could gradually creep up all year round as saleswise it doesn’t rank in the Top 20, Perfect’s success is predominantly down to streaming alone.
The grand finale of Boney M’s annus miraculous of 1978, and their Number 1 single Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord, is in fourth places with a combined figure of 2,354,000, with 1.9 million of those down to sales of the song at the time.
Another song by an act that defined their particular year is Don’t You Want Me by The Human League, which finished off, what was for them, an incredible 1981. With a combined total of 2,328,000 including 1.6 million pure sales, the song has re-entered the chart (in 1995 and 2014) albeit just not at Christmas time.
Whitney Houston’s legendary take on Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You from 1992, which spent ten weeks at the top, is at Number 6 in our rundown. The evergreen is now at 2,289,000 with 1.67 million pure sales.
Clean Bandit’s 2016 chart-topper Rockabye, um, rocks up at Number 7 due mostly to streaming as it doesn’t feature in the Top 20 on sales, but still amasses a healthy 2,196,000 chart sales.
Approaching its fiftieth anniversary and unlikely to be disappearing any time soon is Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade. The glam rockers’ pension plan shows no sign of letting up, being a regular playlist staple and Christmas chart returnee on 2,156,000, with 1.32 million of those as pure sales.
Number 9 sees Paul McCartney and Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre currently at 2,140,000 with 2.09million sales mostly from its time in the Official Chart in 1977. In fact Macca does quite well overall as he populates the Top 20 with three songs from his stint in The Beatles, with I Want To Hold Your Hand at Number 10, I Feel Fine at 14 and Day Tripper/ We Can Work It Out at 15.
The Top 20 is rounded off by the viral sensation that was Rage Against The Machine’s Christmas Number 1 Killing In The Name, with 1,313,000. The track caused great upset to Simon Cowell and The X Factor, who had enjoyed a run of festive chart-toppers before this rap metal anthem barged in, thanks to a campaign led by Jon Morter.
Official Top 20 Biggest Christmas Number 1s
POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR PEAK
1 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1984 1
2 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1975/1991 1
3 PERFECT ED SHEERAN 2017 1
4 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1978 1
5 DON’T YOU WANT ME? THE HUMAN LEAGUE 1981 1
6 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992 1
7 ROCKABYE CLEAN BANDIT 2016 1
8 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1973 1
9 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS’ SCHOOL WINGS 1977 1
10 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1963 1
11 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN’ STEVENS 1985 1
12 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE 2008 1
13 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1979 1
14 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1964 1
15 WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1965 1
16 EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON 1995 1
17 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1966 1
18 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1996 1
19 STAY ANOTHER DAY EAST 17 1994 1
20 KILLING IN THE NAME RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 2009 1
©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
*This chart is compiled taking in physical and digital sales, plus streaming equivalent sales.
- SANTA & RUDOLF.
- A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
- December 25 to January 5, referred to as “Christmastide” or “Twelve Holy Days,” is the derivation of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
- The busiest shopping day of the year is not Black Friday, but the Saturday before Christmas. The busiest online shopping day takes place on the Monday or Tuesday a week or two before the week of Christmas.
- In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death when he attempted to open the doors to the store at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. In 2010, there were several reports of violence on Black Friday, including a Wisconsin woman who was arrested when she threatened other shoppers with a gun after she cut in line.
- “Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.” – Author Unknown
- A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.
What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
“I don’t like Brussel sprouts.”
- CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.