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All Mariah Wants For Christmas is a number one
After near misses for each of the last three years, Mariah Carey's All I Wnt For Christmas Is You tops the singles chart for the first time. Yungblud's Weird is the number one album.

Mariah Carey’s 26-year-old Christmas song goes to number one. Yungblud’s tops the albums chart with his second release.

Twenty-six years after its release and its first of several number two peaks, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You climbs to the very top of the singles chart in its 70th week in the top forty to give her a third UK number one twenty years after her second. The song topped the US charts for the first time last year (her 19th chart-topper there) and it now becomes the first Mariah Carey song to have topped the charts in both the UK and the USA.

All I Want For Christmas Is You was released at the end of 1994, a year that saw Mariah Carey achieve her first number one with a diabolical cover of Without You (originally recorded by Badfinger but made famous by Harry Nilsson’s superb version) and two further top ten hits. It was held off the top of the chart by East 17’s Stay Another Day.

The song’s 26-year wait to get to the top of the chart is beaten by just two other songs. Jackie Wilson’s wonderful Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl In Town) reached number six when it was released in 1957. It was re-released in 1996 and became the Christmas number one that year, 29 years after its initial release.

Almost exactly fourteen years after Reet Petite’s original chart peak, Tony Christie’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo peaked at number eighteen. In March 2005, the song was re-released to raise funds for that year’s Comic Relief appeal. Comedian Peter Kay was added to the credits for the song but the song itself was a straightforward reissue. It went to number one, over 33 years after its initial release, and stayed there for seven weeks.

Two other songs, The Righteous Brothers’ definitive version of Unchained Melody and Ben E King’s equally brilliant Stand By Me both took over 25 years to get to the top of the chart, in both cases after being used in a film.

Many thanks to Colin (zeuss on Buzzjack and orthon on Haven) for his research on this and thanks also to chartjack2 for his list on Buzzjack of songs which have taken six years or more to reach number one.

The emergence of All I Want For Christmas Is You (and the preponderance of old Christmas songs in the rest of the top forty) inevitably raises the issue of the chart rules once again. The regular influx of old Christmas songs began when downloads were first included in the chart. Most Christmas songs did not appear on albums so downloads provided many people with their first opportunity to buy some old favourites. In subsequent years, these songs returned to the chart again but, in general, with lower peaks each year.

The issue has become far bigger with the introduction of streaming as people listen to the same old songs each year. It is compounded by the dominance of playlists and the fact that the same songs appear near the top of many of them. This leaves us with the prospect of the top forty each December looking very similar to the previous year’s chart with, potentially, Mariah Carey spending time at number one almost every year until something else supersedes it as the most popular Christmas song.

Wham’s Last Christmas is at number two, exactly 36 years after it entered the chart in the same position. Mariah Carey’s ascent to the summit brings an end to Ariana Grande’s six weeks at number one with Positions. That falls to number three. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl climb stay at number four with Fairytale Of New York. Little Mix are at number five with Sweet Melody. Ariana Grande’s 34+35 is the third and final non-festive song in the top ten.

As mentioned above, Mariah Carey’s first UK number one was with a version of Without You. This week’s only new entry is another song of the same name. Australian Kid Laroi has had three previous top 100 singles this year but none of them has managed to get into the top forty. It is, therefore, perhaps a little surprising that he has finally made his breakthrough at a time when the dominance of festive offerings makes it more difficult to get into the top forty. Nevertheless, Kid Laroi has done it and Without You lands at number 23.

Before we get on to this week’s Christmas re-entry (yes, only one!), The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights, one of the best songs of the year, returns at number 39 after being leaving the top forty last week.

With his version of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree already in the chart (albeit down three places this week), Justin Bieber has a re-entry at number 36 with Mistletoe, a song from his 2011 Christmas album. The original version of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, on the other hand, goes up four places. On her 76th birthday, the song Brenda Lee recorded when she was a teenager is at number fifteen.

If Dominic Harrison had wanted to be an actor or a scientist, it is unlikely that he would have given any thought to changing his name. As he opted for a career in music, it is less surprising that he went for a change in name with Yungblud becoming his chosen moniker. His 2018 debut album, 21st Century Liability, made no impact on the UK chart whatsoever but an EP, The Underrated Youth, reached the top ten last year. His second album, Weird, outdoes both of those releases by going straight to the top of the charts with its impressive sales figure almost entirely made up of real physical sales rather than downloads.

The War Child charity was formed in 1993 with the laudable aim of helping children who were victims of war throughout the world. That, of course, didn’t stop certain sections of the media sneering and accusing some of the people involved of what they would now call virtue signalling. Its first major fund-raising project was the release of an album in 1995. The album featured contributions from some of the big names of the day such as Suede, Radiohead, Oasis and Blur. All the songs were recorded in a single day with the CD being made available so soon afterwards that there was not time to include a tracklisting.

The music industry has been heavily involved in subsequent fundraising efforts. One of the more recent events was a concert at the Albert Hall last year headlined by Arctic Monkeys. A recording of the Sheffield band’s performance has now been made available as an album, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, and it enters this week at number three As would be expected, it is a great album.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe climb back up to number two with Together At Christmas. Neil Diamond and the London Symphony Orchestra climb to number four with Classic Diamonds. Gary Barlow’s Music Played By Humans falls to number five after a week at number one.

If the original War Child album had been released a few years later, it is quite likely that Stereophonics would have been among the bands invited to contribute but they were still a couple years away from releasing their debut album at the time. Their singer Kelly Jones released his first solo album in 2007. While Stereophonics are still going and were touring earlier this year before all live gigs were cancelled, Jones has now got round to releasing a second solo set. Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day enters at number eight.

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes enters at a relatively disappointing number twelve with his fourth studio album Wonder. His last two albums each reached number three. Abra Cadabra magics his way to number 29 with his mixtape Product Of My Environment.

A new deluxe edition of Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s Manchester Calling sends it back into the top forty at number 36. Robbie Williams’ Christmas Present is back at number 40.
Published on: 2020-12-11 by Suedehead2 || 1937 Views
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11 Dec 2020 - 20:19
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Aww come on! Without You wasn't a diabolical cover :-) Faithful, yes... :-)
11 Dec 2020 - 20:58
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It was so diabolical that Harry Nilsson dropped dead ohmy.gif That may or may not be coincidental oops!:lol:

us older music fans fondly remember a time when singers used to sing notes as they were written, before Mariah and Whitney decided to turn it into a "how many notes can you add to ruin a song to show off your range" competition... but each to their own! smile.gif
11 Dec 2020 - 22:30
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That has always been my biggest criticism of such singers. As I have said a few times, the words "is you" in Mariah's hit extend to about 137 syllables. Freddie Mercury had a great vocal range but demonstrated it across a multitude of songs rather than a few words.
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