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.
I’m beginning to think that we might, just might, have a Retro Xmas no 1 this year.
If we do, it looks unlikely to be my dream choice, Kirsty and the Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’, though that’s climbed to no 7 this week. But Mariah Carey and Wham! have both moved up three places, to nos 2 and 3 respectively. All three of these songs peaked at no 2, first time out, and there’s got to be a definite chance of either Maria the Diva or the late George M going that final one better.
We’ll know at 6.00pm on Friday, when the Xmas chart gets announced. Maybe a Retro top 3? Whoever gave that a chance of happening, in the years of livestreams?
Come on you Pogues! (and dear, darling Kirsty).
Everybody’s making a fuss about how Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Xmas is You’ has now returned for Xmas for a tenth successive year, especially as it’s leaped to no 6 in the chart, its highest position since the first Xmas of this run, when it got to no 4. It didn’t do that much better when it first appeared in 1994, peaking at no 2.
But you know we don’t care about that here. For this blog, there is but one Xmas song and that’s ‘A Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. This week, the record advanced fifty places to reach no 16, and that’s the record’s twelfth successive season, not to mention two previous visits, the first of these in 1987 when, like Mariah Carey, it peaked at no 2.
With two more Chart Fridays, there’s a possibility for the song’s first top 10 placing since 2007, especially as there seems to be a stronger (and earlier) than usual resurgence by the old Xmas favourites. Wham! have also hit the top 20 with ‘Last Xmas’, which is their tenth successive season (if you allow a highest place of no 57 in 2010) but only the third time they’ve reached the top 20 in that spell.
Shakin’ Stevens has hit the top 30, Wizzard and Michael Buble the top 40, and Band Aid (the original) no 41. And there’s another twelve Xmas classics in the mix, making up almost one-fifth of the top 100.
So, with tears always ready to be shed at the pure voice of the forever-missed Kirsty MacColl, lost to us sixteen years gone, on 18 December this year, and hope that a big splash will be made this year, I give you…
The real race for Xmas chart domination starts here!
A fortnight on from the first, tentative appearances of the Mariah Carey/Pogues and Kirsty MacColl standards in the lower reaches of the top 100 singles, and the move has started, with both singles leaping into the top 20. Mariah Carey, as always, holds a slight lead, having climbed 35 places to no 17, with ‘A Fairytale of New York’ one place lower, but having made up more ground with a 49 place leap.
It’s much the same for the usual gang of suspects lower down, with Wham! the only other track in the top 40 so far, but Wizzard, Shakin’ Stevens, Chris Rea and Slade starting their bounce. There’s even a showing this year for ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, but I am mightily relieved to find that this is the Brenda Lee original: I have seen the atriociously jokey Mel (Smith) and Kim (Wilde) video far too often already, even with the sound off.
There are two more weeks to the Official Xmas Number One and the annual fight to keep Simon Cowell stuffing it into his back pocket, but The Pogues and Kirsty have now made it to the Top 20 in ten consecutive years and the chance is there of a return to the top 10. Start downloading again, please. It would make my Xmas.