Reflecting on Retro Xmas


Though I put the blame on the distraction of feeling pretty bloody lousy, especially in the light-headed stakes, it still came as a bit of a shock to realise that it had taken me until late on Tuesday evening to check the previous Friday’s new single chart.

Normally, I wouldn’t mention it, except that the new chart has a number of statistical oddities and, dare I say it, records?

In the week after Xmas Day, there were no less than 43 Xmas singles in the Top 100, including five in the Top 10, three of which were in the Top 5. This week, every single one of them has dropped out of the Top 100. In the case of Wham!, who were at no 2, this is the single biggest chartfall since the whole shebang began.

And, presumably for related reasons, it’s believed that this is the first chart without a single record going down since the days when we didn’t used to have a chart between Xmas and New Year, and technically every single was a non-mover.

It amazes me that I still find such things fascinating. But I do.

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