John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Advent 2008: Merry Xmas Everybody

Today's Christmas song one of the most popular Christmas songs ever released: "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade. What's that? You don't know it? Well, that probably means you're not British. It topped the British pop charts in December 1973 and stayed there for over a month, and it has re-entered the Top 40 on four other occasions. Last year, it was named the most loved Christmas song by voters in it to be the most loved Christmas song, beating the next most popular song by ten percentage points. So why is it so little known over here in the States? Granted, Slade was never particularly popular over here -- they had a couple of Top 40 hits in the 80s -- but God knows there are dozens upon dozens of Christmas one-hit wonders. It certainly wouldn't be out of place on a classic rock radio station.

Incidentally, the geek in me insists that I inform you that this song was featured in two different Doctor Who episodes, "The Christmas Invasion" and "The Runaway Bride." So it's got that going for it too!

Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (MP3, 5.2MB)

2003: The Little Road to Bethlehem
2004: Serenade
2005: Primeval Image
2006: Rise, Happy Morn
2007: Greetings Card
Tags: advent: 2008, music, tv: doctor who

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