- Published: 28 November 2017
There is less than a month until Christmas so surely that means we can start playing Christmas songs, right?
We all have our favourites, and probably know the words to most of the others, so it’s surprising to hear that some of our best loved festive tunes never actually topped the UK charts at Christmas.
So, to get you in the mood, we thought we’d round-up 5 of the best Christmas songs that never actually made it to number 1.
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas (1994)
Even if Mariah didn’t want a lot for Christmas in 1994, a number 1 hit single probably would have been on the list. But unfortunately for her, ‘All I want for Christmas’ never made it any higher than number two in the UK chart. East 17 held top position for 5 weeks with ‘Stay Another Day’.
Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)
30-odd years ago, Wham! were one of the hottest and most popular bands of the decade, but in 1984 they came up against Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. According to the official charts company, ‘Last Christmas’ is the biggest selling single of all time, never to make it to number one.
Wizzard - I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday (1973)
Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’, was released in 1973 in a time where Christmas songs were proper Christmas songs. However, this classic not only missed out on the top stop, beaten by Slade and ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, but Wizzard had to settle for number four that year.
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York (1987)
It’s not the first song that springs to mind when we think about Christmas, but The Pogues and their ‘Fairytale of New York’ is said to be one of the UK’s most popular. Despites its popularity, The Pet Shop Boys kept Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl, off top spot in 1987 with their version ‘Always On My Mind’.
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time (1979)
Sir Paul McCartney, one of the biggest names in UK music, (if not world music) was simply having a wonderful Christmas time in 1979, but his catchy little tune only got to number 6 in the charts. It was in fact, Pink Floyd who held the top spot with ‘Another Brick In The Wall’.