Christmas Music


I’m absolutely so finished with the “sounds of Christmas.” I usually don’t have a problem with a few weeks of those recognizable tunes each year. But, every year the Targ-Marts of the world start blasting them earlier and earlier. I actually heard Silver Bells being played the day after Halloween this year.                                                                                                                                           Then I overdosed on Christmas Day. We had a house-full of folks and I lazily turned on the DirecTV in the den and put on the “Holiday Music” channel and let it play for about 8 hours while we were in the dining, living and kitchen rooms. Unfortunately the den also contains the wet-bar and adult beverages so I made at least a dozen trips into the midst of sleigh bell sounds and harmonizing choirs. My wife also made trips into the den for beverages and sodas. We compared notes later. Around 5pm, for the third time, I heard Gene Autry singing Rudolph. My wife heard three Bing Crosby White Christmas renditions. Evidently DirecTV has a short rotating play list. I’m officially on a blackout of Christmas music for 11 months and two weeks.

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I thought about the “chart” tunes that were popular on Christmas day over the years. With a little bit of googling and research I’m leaving you a list of #1 hits every Christmas Day since 1955. I chose that start date because that’s about the time it started mattering to me. I wondered with all the Christmas songs recorded over the years, were any of them the #1 song on Christmas Day? Actually only TWO songs about Christmas ever led the charts on Christmas Day. In 1948, Spike Jones and His City Slickers were #1 with “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.” The other top hit happened ten years later as listed below.

See how many you remember and go ahead and sing or hum the melodies.

1955 “Tennessee” Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons”                                                                                1956 Guy Mitchell “Singing The Blues”                                                                                        1957 Pat Boone “April Love”                                                                                                         1958 David Seville & The Chipmunks  “The Chipmunk Song”                                                1959 Guy Mitchell “Heartaches By The Number”                                                                         1960 Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs “Stay”                                                                               1961 The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”                                                                                 1962 The Tornadoes “Telstar”                                                                                                        1963 The Singing Nun “Dominique”                                                                                                     1964 The Supremes “Come See About Me”                                                                                  1965 The Dave Clark Five “Over And Over”                                                                                1966 The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”                                                                                       1967 The Monkees “Daydream Believer”                                                                                         1968 Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through The Grapevine                                                                       1969 Peter, Paul & Mary “Leaving On A Jet Plane”                                                                            1970 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “The Tears Of A Clown”                                               1971 Melanie “Brand New Key”                                                                                                     1972 Billy Paul “Me And Mrs. Jones”                                                                                            1973 Charlie Rich “The Most Beautiful Girl”                                                                                 1974 Harry Chapin “Cat’s In The Cradle”                                                                                            1975 Silver Convention “Fly, Robin, Fly”                                                                                          1976 Rod Stewart “Tonight’s The Night”                                                                                       1977 Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love”                                                                                          1978 Chic “Le Freak”                                                                                                                      1979 Rupert Holmes “Escape” (Pina Colada Song)                                                                           1980 Kenny Rogers “Lady”                                                                                                             1981OliviaNewtonJohn“Physical”                                                                                                                  1982 Daryl Hall & John Oates “Maneater”                                                                                     1983 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson “Say Say Say”                                                             1984 Madonna “Like A Virgin”                                                                                                      1985 Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me”                                                                                          1986 Bangles “Walk Like An Egyptian”                                                                                         1987 George Michael “Faith”                                                                                                                1988 Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”                                                                                            1989 Phil Collins “Another Day In Paradise”                                                                                 1990 Stevie B “Because I Love You”                                                                                              1991 Michael Jackson “Black Or White”                                                                                       1992 Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You”                                                                       1993 Mariah Carey “Hero”                                                                                                              1994 Ini Kamoze “Here Comes The Hotstepper”                                                                                   1995 Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day”                                                                   1996 Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart”                                                                                     1997 Sugar Ray “Fly”                                                                                                                      1998 R. Kelly & Celine Dion “I’m Your Angel”                                                                           1999 Santana & Rob Thomas “Smooth”                                                                                        2000 Destiny’s Child “Independent Women”                                                                                2001 Nickelback “How You Remind Me”                                                                                     2002 Eminem “Lose Yourself”                                                                                                        2003 Outkast “Hey Ya”                                                                                                                         2004 Snoop Dogg & Pharrell “Drop It Like It’s Hot”                                                                        2005 Chris Brown “Run It”                                                                                                                2006 Beyonce “Irreplaceable”                                                                                                        2007 Alicia Keys “No One”                                                                                                               2008 T.I. & Rihanna “Live Your Life”                                                                                               2009 Jay-Z &Alicia Keys “Empire State Of Mind”                                                                         2010 Kate Perry “Teenage Dream”                                                                                                    2011 Rihanna “We Found Love”                                                                                                    2012 Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”

 

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One Response to Christmas Music

  1. fiddlrts says:

    My rule: No Christmas music in my house until after Thanksgiving. Except for the following:
    1. Practice whatever you need to.
    2. I generally like Messiah or Vivaldi’s Gloria or one of the various Magnificats whenever.
    3. Children are allowed to put on tutus and dance to Nutcracker throughout the year.
    Also note:
    “Christmas Shoes” may only be played when proof of flying pigs is presented. And not even then.

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