November 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

And the Christmas number one is

Since the teenagers “appeared” in the nineteen fifties to the swinging sixties, the turbulent seventies and eighties and the end of the century nineties there was a time when the Christmas number one was all important. It would mean a star turn on the Top of the Pops Christmas party on Christmas Day, just before the Queens Speech and then it also meant that you had an income for life from all the repeat fees and inclusions on compilation albums such as “Now that’s what this particularly Record executive considers you should be listening too this Christmas five”.  Music for business is a very important part of the Christmas shopping experience and these Christmas number ones certainly makes that so why not look at moodmedia.co.uk/in-store-music-for-business/ as they can make some good suggestions.

The Christmas number one was a hard-fought buying and advertising battleground and in the seventies in particular it was extremely heated with all the main players such as Slade and Roy Wood and Wizzard plus the as then not so utterly disgraced Gary Glitter all competing. It was also the chance for the novelty tune to try and smash its way into the top ten. Ken Dodd, The Chuckle Brothers, Bobby Davro, Steve Wright in the Afternoon all would throw their musical hat into the ring with some comedy number or they would murder an established tune mostly they were for charity, so it wasn’t all bad. Main acts would also try to fight in out Wham were huge in the eighties so Last Christmas was bound to be a hit. The Pogues admit that “Fairy tale of New York” (considered to be the finest Christmas song) has kept them mortgage free but there is always Do they now its Christmas? Released in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2004 and 2014 it has raised millions.

What the public did not know is that in the noughties a juggernaut of a show was coming. It was a show that would completely destroy any other chance of getting a Christmas number one. It was the X Factor. There was lost of trail runs to the show such as Popstars and Popstars the Rivals, but they were irregular or were set in early in the year. Not so the X Factor. Starting in August, the mammoth search for a star dragged on until the winner was announced the week before Christmas. The winner invariably became the Christmas number one as a foregone conclusion to the point that bookies stopped taking bets on who would be at the top of the charts. X Factor is still going but there have been some rebellions. The 2014 Band Aid release and a real coup as the deeply anti-capitalist Rage against the Machine scored a number one in an online campaign to get it there. As the X factor’s popularity starts to finally fade perhaps, we can get the number one back.

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