With the holiday season in full swing, everywhere we go we hear Christmas song after Christmas song. Some we love and some we hate, but have you ever wondered which Christmas songs were played the most in the UK?
PPL, the UK based organisation responsible for licensing recorded music played in public as in, TV, radio, online, nightclubs, stores, etc. has revealed what the nation tuned into this time last year, and have put together the PPL 50 Most Played Christmas Tracks chart.
PPL collected the data from the 1st-31st of December 2014, and the chart has now become one that is highly anticipated within the music industry.
One thing that holds true year after year, is that the chart is very difficult to enter for newer artists. Why? The UK has incredible loyalty to Christmas classics like “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade, and Wizzard’s “Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”.
One noticeable new entry is singer Sam Smith. He came in at number 40, and all girl-band The Saturdays sneaked in at number 50.
The new rendition of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid 30 takes the top slot, and in doing so, they relegate the firm former favorite “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues to second place.
Check out the full top 50 list below:
PPL Most Played Christmas Tracks Chart
1 Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014) – Band Aid 30
2 Fairytale Of New York -The Pogues
3 All I Want For Christmas Is You -Mariah Carey
4 Driving Home For Christmas -Chris Rea
5 Last Christmas -Wham!
6 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday -Wizzard
7 Merry Xmas Everybody -Slade
8 Merry Christmas Everyone -Shakin’ Stevens
9 Real Love -Tom Odell
10 Wonderful Christmas Time -Paul McCartney
11 Step Into Christmas -Elton John
12 Stay Another Day -East 17
13 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) -John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band
14 Do They Know It’s Christmas? -Band Aid
15 I Believe In Father Christmas -Greg Lake
16 Stop The Cavalry -Jona Lewie
17 One More Sleep -Leona Lewis
18 Christmas Wrapping -The Waitresses
19 Warm This Winter -Gabriella Cilmi
20 Thank God It’s Christmas -Queen
21 2000 Miles -The Pretenders
22 It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year -Andy Williams
23 Sleigh Ride -The Ronettes
24 White Christmas -Bing Crosby
25 Santa Baby -Kylie Minogue
26 Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) -The Darkness
27 Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree -Brenda Lee
28 Mary’s Boy Child -Harry Belafonte
29 Christmas Lights -Coldplay
30 A Winter’s Tale -David Essex
31 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! -Dean Martin
32 Please Come Home For Christmas- Bon Jovi
33 Lonely This Christmas -Mud
34 The Power Of Love -Frankie Goes To Hollywood
35 A Spaceman Came Travelling -Chris De Burgh
36 Underneath The Tree -Kelly Clarkson
37 The Christmas Song -Nat King Cole
38 Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet With Michael Bublé) -Idina Menzel
39 Frosty The Snowman -The Ronettes
40 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -Sam Smith
41 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -Michael Bublé
42 Little Saint Nick -The Beach Boys
43 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -Michael Bublé
44 Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree -Mel & Kim
45 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -The Crystals
46 Winter Wonderland -Darlene Love
47 Mistletoe and Wine -Cliff Richard
48 What Christmas Means To Me -Stevie Wonder
49 All Alone On Christmas -Darlene Love
50 Christmas Wrapping -The Saturdays