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Adele still tops both charts.
Adele gets a second week at the top of the singles chart with Easy On Me and a second at number one in the albums chart with 30.

Adele still tops both the singles and albums chart as the annual Christmas invasion begins in earnest.

There is still no dislodging Adele from the top of the singles chart as Easy On Me gets a seventh week at number one. The number one spot has now been occupied exclusively by British artists since the beginning of July when Olivia Rogrigo gave way to Ed Sheeran.

Gayle jumps a full twelve places to number two with ABCDEFU. She is, however, well behind Adele, so doesn’t appear to pose an immediate threat. Talking of Adele, she is also at number five with I Drink Wine and at six with Oh My God. Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You is at number four, one place ahead of Wham’s Last Christmas. We therefore have the first top five with no Ed Sheeran songs since he went to number one in the July chart referenced above. Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under continues to make progress, hitting a new peak of number eight.

Now that we are into December, the influx of Christmas songs into the chart is well and truly under way. As recorded above, two of them are already in the top five. They have been joined by the first wave of the usual suspects, meaning that roughly one-third of the top forty is made up of festive songs. There is, however, one exception. We actually have a brand new Christmas song to report (sort of).

That (sort of) new blood sees the welcome return after a three-year absence of George Ezra. The song, though, is not entirely new. It is “an interpretation” ofPlease Come Home For Christmas, originally written by Charles Brown in 1960. This new version, renamed Come On Home For Christmas and changed enough for Ezra to gain a songwriting credit is at number 36.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s ever-brilliant Fairytale Of New York makes its 2021 top forty debut at number sixteen. Shakin’ Stevens is at number seventeen with Merry Christmas Everyone. Michael Buble tells us that It Is Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas at number twenty. Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree lands at number 22. That song returned to the top forty in 2016 having originally reached number six in 1962.

The charity song to beat all charity songs, Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas is at number 23. It as, for many years, the biggest -selling song of all time in the UK, beating the previous record set by Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre / Girls School. It was eventually knocked off its perch by Elton John’s Candle In The Wind but it reduces the gap at the top every Christmas.

Part of the annual ritual of introducing the Christmas songs is the mention of one of the longest credits on any hit single. Yes, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard featuring vocal backing by the Suedettes plus the Stockland Green Bilateral School First Year Choir with additional noises by Miss Snob and Class 3C. Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree is at number 29.

A number of the perennial hits made little to no imp-act on the chart at the time when they were released, even if they were by one of the biggest artists of the day. Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (a modest hit in 1973 before becoming a major hit in each of the last five years) is at number 30. Ariana Grande’s version of Santa Tell Me (released in 2014 but not a top forty hit until three years later) is at number 31 and Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas (which didn’t make the top forty when it was released in 1988 but makes it this year for a seventh successive year)

Bringing up the rear is Andy Williams with It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year at number 38.

The influx of Christmas songs inevitably revives two annual debates. There is the usual discussion about which version of Fairytale Of New York to play, specifically whether it is the one including an old-fashioned word for a meatball. Then there is the discussion over whether the chart rules should be changed to reduce the number of Christmas songs in the chart, thereby allowing newer songs (including, potentially, newer Christmas songs) to prosper. The problem, whether chart followers like it or not, is that streaming habits change radically in December. Now that the charts are meant to record what is “popular” rather than what people are buying, the charts either have to reflect the dominance of Christmas songs or have so many songs excluded that the whole exercise becomes farcical.

As in the singles chart, Adele finishes ahead of all opposition by a wide margin. Her fourth album 30 therefore becomes only the second album to get a second successive week at number one this year. The only other album to do so is Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour. She later returned for a third week at the top in Drivers Licence’s final week at number one in a chart that has already been referred to twice this week.

The highest new entry of the week comes, I kid you not, from Westlife. The much-derided Irish combo have an impressive chart record with their fourteen number one singles and a top four placing with every one of their albums. That run stretches to fourteen albums with the arrival of Sweet Dreams at number two.

Ed Sheeran is at number three with his latest offering, =. Abba’s Voyage moves down one stop to number four.

If Westlife are just a little too bland for your tastes, you could always try Gary Barlow. While he has written some great songs for Take That, he doesn’t seem to make much of an effort for his solo material. He has now recorded a Christmas album, mixing his own compositions with some of the old staples. I really can’t bring myself to find out what he has done to Greg Lake’s classic I Believe In Father Christmas. The album is at number five. Michael Buble’s Christmas album climbs to number six.

An eleven-CD set by David Bowie, Brilliant Adventure (1992 - 2001) is at number 24. It comprises remastered editions of five Bowie albums from the period referenced in the title as well as a whole host of previously unreleased material, BBC session recordings etc.

Veteran rock band Deep Purple are at number 28 with an album of cover versions, Turning To Crime. Many of the songs are not particularly well known, but they have included versions of Cream’s White Room and Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well.

Blues band The Temperance Movement are at number 38 with Covers & Rarities. Their covers include David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Blur’s Tender. The reissue of The Beatles’ Get Back re-enters at number 37 following the release of a documentary film on the making of the album.
Published on: 2021-12-03 by Suedehead2 || 1018 Views
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