​UK Christmas Number 1 Singles – From Slade to Mr Blobby!

9th December 2016

Christmas MusicThe Christmas decorations are up, you’ve enjoyed a mince pie or 2, or more if you’re anything like Francis, our Cegos UK MD!

You’ve probably bought the tree, or perhaps cut down your own if you were as lucky as some of the Cegos UK team. Last week the team joined a wildlife conservation event run by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. A great day for an even greater cause.

We’re sure you’ve heard a few Christmas songs too.

Here in the office at Cegos UK, we’ve been talking about our all-time favourite Christmas songs. From ‘Fairytale of New York’, to Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas?’ we all have that one song that gets us in the Christmas Spirit.

But how many of you know what the Christmas Number 1 was the year you were born?

Since the UK Singles Chart began in 1952 there have been 64 number 1s. The track on the top at Christmas continues to be hotly contested, with last year’s number 1 selling twice as many as any other #1 in the year.

So, it’s got very little to do with Learning and Development, but it may help you win the post-Christmas dinner Trivial Pursuit. Check out the songs that made the number 1 spot since 1952-2000. Some you may recognise and some you’d rather not be reminded of!

Disclaimer alert; the Christmas Number 1 does not always match with the dates elsewhere as they refer to ‘week ending’ chart dates. These are the actual Christmas Number 1s on the big day!

UK Christmas Number 1 Singles

1952 Al Martino Here In My Heart
1953 Frankie Laine Answer Me
1954 Winifred Atwell Let’s Have Another Party
1955 Dickie Valentine Christmas Alphabet
1956 Johnnie Ray Just Walkin’ In The Rain
1957 Harry Belafonte Mary’s Boy Child
1958 Conway Twitty It’s Only Make Believe
1959 Emile Ford & The Checkmates What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For
1960 Cliff Richard & The Shadows I Love You
1961 Danny Williams Moon River
1962 Elvis Presley Return To Sender
1963 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand
1964 The Beatles I Feel Fine
1965 The Beatles Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
1966 Tom Jones The Green Grass Of Home
1967 The Beatles Hello Goodbye
1968 Scaffold Lily The Pink
1969 Rolf Harris Two Little Boys
1970 Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knockin’
1971 Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
1972 Little Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1973 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody
1974 Mud Lonely This Christmas
1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
1976 Johnny Mathis When A Child Is Born (Soleado)
1977 Wings Mull Of Kintyre / Girls’ School
1978 Boney M Mary’s Boy Child-Oh My Lord
1979 Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall
1980 St Winifred’s School Choir There’s No One Quite Like Grandma
1981 The Human League Don’t You Want Me
1982 Renee & Renato Save Your Love
1983 The Flying Pickets Only You
1984 Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas?
1985 Shakin’ Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
1986 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite
1987 The Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
1988 Cliff Richard Mistletoe & Wine
1989 Band Aid II Do They Know It’s Christmas?
1990 Cliff Richard Saviours’ Day
1991 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives
1992 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
1993 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby
1994 East 17 Stay Another Day
1995 Michael Jackson Earth Song
1996 Spice Girls 2 Become 1
1997 Spice Girls Too Much
1998 Spice Girls Goodbye
1999 Westlife I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun
2000 Bob The Builder Can We Fix It?

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