Thu 5 Dec Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Christmas instrumentals. It was, by a margin, his bestselling record. Atypical of his work, but beautiful. What happened when they stayed up late to try to catch a glimpse of Santa?
You’ve heard the best, now suffer the worst
New research has revealed which festive tunes have been the most listened to over the years - and which song has been given the most plays. Christmas time is upon us - which means seasonal songs can be heard on every corner, and your shopping trips will be soundtracked by the likes of Wizzard , Band Aid , Elton John , Slade , Shaky and all the usual suspects. The late George Michael and his musical partner Andrew Ridgeley released this seasonal classic in Noddy Holder's evergreen Christmas tune was originally issued in and has been around ever since. Roy Wood's sleigh-belled strewn song went head to head in the charts with Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody in Mariah recorded a whole album of Christmas songs in but this favourite only topped the US charts in December Rea's seasonal ode to travel only made No 53 on its original release in , but has remained popular ever since. Still a landmark Christmas song - the stars of came out to raise money for the Ethiopian famine relief fund.
Count down our 50 favourite Christmas songs
Whether you're decorating the Christmas tree , throwing an over-the-top party, or simply trying to get hyped for the holiday season, a festive soundtrack with all the best Christmas songs is essential to set the mood. Hey, what else are you going to listen to while you deck the halls? Holiday music has some of the most time-honored performances from some of our most celebrated artists. Then there are the holiday novelty songs, which come out one season a year, like the perfect advent treat. And finally, there are also some of our pop-music favorites, who are able to put their own twists on those timeless classics. And Mariah, who exists in a category all her own. Bing Crosby's classic hit about a picturesque Christmas scene is one of the most popular holiday songs ever — Guinness World Records even named it the best-selling single of all time. We couldn't stop at one Crosby tune; his heartfelt holiday song is a moving tribute to the soldiers fighting in World War II.