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The Christmas Number One

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The Christmas Number One

Where did it all go wrong? Christmas hasn’t always been a time for annoying, throwaway songs – ever since Al Martino had the first festive British number one in 1952 with 'Here In My Heart' there have been some passable and even classic songs at the top on December 25th, including The Beatles with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. Everything was going fine until 1969, when Rolf Harris’ 'Two Little Boys' became the first novelty record to hit the Christmas number one. The craze had started, never to be stopped. In 1973, the first of the big seasonal songs arrived: 'Merry Xmas Everybody' was at the top for five weeks from the beginning of December. Despite the tackiness of some releases, festive singles can become the soundtrack to our Christmas and resistance is futile. Who hasn’t thought about sitting down on Christmas Eve with a sherry and a ‘Cliff’s Christmas Hits’ compilation?

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