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post Dec 2 2016, 12:01 PM
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The Official Top 20 biggest selling Christmas hits
02 December 2016 | By Justin Myers

We count down Christmas Number 1s and festive smashes by Band Aid, the Beatles, Mariah and more.

Christmas music gets the party going, but some of the festive season's biggest hits don't mention so much as a snowflake, let alone a big jolly bloke in a red suit and some serious beard issues.

A mere 12 Official Christmas Number 1s have been about the festive season, with the rest of them simply being the big songs that everybody loved at that time of year. In recognition of the fact that there's more to Christmas than jingle bells, we count down the best selling songs associated with the most wonderful time of the year, be they a Christmas Number 1 or a seasonal fave.

Here are some highlights before we list the full 20:

Do They Know It's Christmas?
Despite its rather sad overtones, our top seller has the honour of being both Christmas-themed AND a Christmas Number 1. Band Aid and their clanging chimes of doom might not feel the obvious festive favourite, but it's sold 3.79 million copies since its release in 1984, spawning three successful cover versions.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Holding the great honour of scoring the Christmas Number 1 twice with the exact same version, Queen's masterpiece topped the Christmas chart in 1975 and 1991, following the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury. 2.52 million copies later, and it's one of the biggest selling songs of all time.

Mull of Kintyre
The '70s were a time when all kinds of records could get to Number 1, and 1977's Christmas Number 1 was the mega-selling Mull of Kintyre from Wings, led by none other than former Beatle Paul McCartney. With over two million copies sold, it's Macca's top selling single, more than any of his Beatles hits. What's the Christmas connection? Well, bagpipes and a Beatle perfect for any grandparents as they trim the tree.

Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord
In fourth place, a real Christmas smash packed with glitz, campery and an uplifting Christmas message, one of two times Mary's Boy Child hit Christmas Number 1. Boney M's disco-lite version from 1978 see what we mean about the '70s is the biggest, though, with 1.88 million sales. Harry's version is at 15, on 1.18 million.

Last Christmas
Wham's classic was thwarted by Band Aid in 1984 in the Christmas Number 1 and holds the distinction of the biggest selling Number 2 single of all time, with 1.8 million sales. Rumours that sales are so high because people bought this song and then the very next day they gave it away are unfounded. (The whispered "Merry Christmas" is the ONE when it comes to iconic Christmas lyrics, isn't it?)

I Will Always Love You
The biggest selling Christmas Number 1 from a female solo artist, Whitney's gorgeous version of Dolly Parton's ballad was taken from the movie The Bodyguard and topped the charts for an incredible 10 weeks. 1.63 million of you swayed to this one next to the Christmas tree, overcome with emotion and perhaps brandy.

Hallelujah
This relatively Christmassy Leonard Cohen cover from Alexandra Burke holds the distinction of being The X Factor's most successful winner's single of them all and ruled the festive rundown in 2008. The first X Factor single to be released on download right after the final, Hallelujah has sold 1.29 million copies and its nearest competition for Christmas Number 1 was another cover of the same song, this time by Jeff Buckley.

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Were you worried she wouldn't be here? Don't worry, Mariah Christmas is never far away. Beaten to Christmas Number 1 by East 17's Stay Another Day, Mariah hit the million-sales mark in 2013, after returning to the Top 40 every year since 2007. Now *that* is a commitment to Christmas we can get behind!

2 Become 1
While the girls look pretty cold in the video, this isn't a Christmas-themed song as such, but thanks to topping the seasonal chart in 1996 at the height of Spice Mania, Spice Girls' 2 Become 1 is as traditional a Christmas favourite as roast turkey and arguing over the soft centres in Quality Street.

The Official Top 20 biggest selling Christmas hits:

TRACK ARTIST YEAR
1 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1984
2 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1975/1991
3 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL WINGS 1977
4 MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1978
5 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1963
6 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 1984
7 DON'T YOU WANT ME? HUMAN LEAGUE 1981
8 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992
9 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1964
10 WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1964
11 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1973
12 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE 2008
13 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1966
14 EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON 1995
15 MARY'S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1957
16 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 1987
17 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20 2004
18 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1979
19 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY 1994
20 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1996

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post Dec 2 2016, 01:22 PM
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about half of these don't qualify as Christmas songs confused.gif
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Its Xmas HITS, songs that were in the charts over xmas
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I'm pretty sure Queen Mariah will overtake them all eventually.

The question is how many spots she'll move up this year now that streaming is included...


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It would have probably said seasonal if it was Christmas only.

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QUOTE(fiesta @ Dec 2 2016, 01:34 PM) *
Its Xmas HITS, songs that were in the charts over xmas

Surely 'Uptown Funk' would appear if that was the case?

Either way, it seems like it's songs considered to be Christmas songs and Christmas #1s.
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Dec 2 2016, 02:02 PM) *
Surely 'Uptown Funk' would appear if that was the case?

And "Happy"
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Yeah, they should have just done the Top 20 Christmas themed songs. Including songs that just happened to be #1 at Christmas makes this list a bit pointless really!
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QUOTE(Dancember @ Dec 2 2016, 01:22 PM) *
about half of these don't qualify as Christmas songs confused.gif


I count only 8 of them as genuine Xmas songs.
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QUOTE(tommie @ Dec 2 2016, 01:40 PM) *
I'm pretty sure Queen Mariah will overtake them all eventually.


She'll never catch Band Aid - it's too far ahead.
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1,4,6,11,15, 16, 17 and 19 are the real Xmas songs

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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Dec 2 2016, 03:38 PM) *
She'll never catch Band Aid - it's too far ahead.


And as usual The Pogues are ahead of her too 😋
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"Hallelujah
This relatively Christmassy Leonard Cohen cover from Alexandra Burke holds the distinction of being The X Factor's most successful winner's single of them all"


Surely James Arthur's Impossible has overtaken her?
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