Obviously, I spoke too soon.
Although technically today saw the unveiling of the New Year’s Day no. 1 (and it’s still Ed fucking Sheeran), people have still been buying the old Xmas songs. I couldn’t believe my eyes and had to count, and these are the official, Crookall-authenticated figures:
40 (yes, that’s 4-0, forty Xmas singles in the top 100.
17 in the top 30, which is more than 50%
And no fewer than 6 Xmas singles, all of them oldies, in the top 10, and that includes ‘Fairytale of New York’ gaining two places to reach no 5, and it hasn’t been that high since 2007, and only higher three times..
Even ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ has reached no 16, and it hasn’t been that high ever since the very first time it was released, forty-four years ago.
I don’t know what they put in the water this Xmas, but they’ve my permission to do so again eleven months from now.