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