13 December 2015

Top 10 Non-Christmas Christmas Songs

We always associate Christmas time with certain songs due to what was in the charts at the time

In fact, the music released at Christmas isn't always to do with the subject

In this post I look at my top 10 favourite songs released at Christmas that you can listen to all year round

I also did a sister post for the Top 10 Christmas Songs

10. Nizlopi - JCB Song

Hitting #1 when it was released in December in 2005

Sadly X-Factor and Shane Ward got in the way and it became #2 for Christmas that year

Great appearance by Optimus Prime in the video and it's a touching song

9. Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)

"We don't need no, education."

Yes you do, that's a double negative

The song is a protest song against rigid schooling and boarding schools in the UK

It became Christmas #1 in 1979

8. Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

In 1987 for the 10th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, ITV did a commemorative show with different artists covering his popular songs. 

The Pet Shop Boys did a synthpop version which was so well received that they decided to record it for real and when it was released it became Christmas #1 in 1987

7. Ace of Base - Always Have, Always Will

Heavily inspired by the motown classics of the 60s, the intro samples the intros from the Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go and The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself

It was released in December of 1998, which I didnt realise until I heard it the weekend before Christmas 2014 in the drive up to my Grandads listening to Graham Norton on radio 2

6. Take That - Babe

Released in 1993 but was beaten to the Christmas #1 thanks to Mr Blobby much to my sisters dismay

Little elf Mark Owen takes the lead in this Take That song about the story of the little pig who could

5. Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking

Originally written by Dave Bartholomew and Earl King, Dave Edmunds did a cover version of the song in 1970 where it reached Christmas #1

Whereas the original song was more piano driven, the cover version has prominent guitar lines and a great sound

4. Chef - Chocolate Salty Balls (PS I Love You)

In the series of South Park, Chef creates a confectionary treat, the eponymous Chocolate Salty Balls

Chef starts singing as he tends to do, and lays out the recipe through song

Later on Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to release an album of songs called Chef Aid, where they released this as a single reaching #1. The Spice Girls - Goodbye made it slip down the chart to #3

I recreated the Chocolate Salty Balls one Christmas using the recipe in the song, but using dried festive fruit soaked in Amaretto instead of just Whiskey. They tasted amazing!

3. Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite

Originally released in 1957 and reaching #6 in the UK singles charts, the song was re-issued in 1986 following the showing of a clay animation on the BBC 2 documentary series Arena

It proved so popular that the song reached #1 in the charts and reached Christmas #1 in 1986

The video has always stuck with me and made me a fan of stop motion animation

2. Spice Girls - Too Much

Released to coincide with the release of the Spice Girls movie in 1997

It reached Christmas #1 becoming the groups second consecutive Christmas hit, with the previous year being the song 2 Become 1. The following year the band managed to reach it again with the song Goodbye

I love this, it's my favourite Spice Girls song and shows just how powerful Melanie C's vocals are

1. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

EVERYONE knows this song, put it on and no matter what age they WILL sing along

This was Christmas #1 in 1975

Be sure to check out the other part of this Post - Top 10 Christmas Songs

So what's YOUR favourite Non-Christmas Christmas Song?

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    1. Originally it was Beatles I Wanna Hold Your Hand then I thought of Babe

      Is that not what the song is about then? :D



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