60 Years of the Christmas Number One: 1973 – 1992

The race for the festive top heated up in 1972 when Slade released Merry Xmas Everybody as a deliberate ploy to reach the top at Christmas. Bohemian Rhapsody, which topped the charts at Christmas in 1975 and 1991, is the only song to have hit that spot twice. The era of cheesy festive fare was in full swing. 

In 1990, Iron Maiden narrowly missed out on a seasonal chart-topper with Bring Your Daugher To The Slaughter, but they released the song too late in the week to qualify for the Yuletide top spot, though they did subsequently reach number one – even though they’d been banned by Radio One.

1973     Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody     
1974     Mud – Lonely This Christmas     
1975     Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody     
1976     Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born (Soleado)
1977     Wings – Mull of Kintyre / Girls’ School
1978     Boney M. – Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord     


1979     Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)     
1980     St Winifred’s School Choir – There’s No One Quite Like Grandma


1981     The Human League – Don’t You Want Me     
1982     Renée and Renato – Save Your Love     
1983     The Flying Pickets – Only You     
1984     Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?     
1985     Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone     
1986     Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite     
1987     Pet Shop Boys – Always on My Mind


1988     Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine
1989     Band Aid II – Do They Know It’s Christmas?     
1990     Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day     
1991     Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives
1992     Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

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