Christmas Number Ones In The Sixties

By Steve McSteveface

The Christmas Number One song in UK singles chart has always been a coveted prize for any music artist.

The first Christmas number one of the Sixties was “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley. He was a King right enough so that’s good for Christmas – if there were another two then we’d have a set of Three Kings. Oh well, never mind – classic Elvis!

The 1961 Christmas number one was “Tower of Strength” by Frankie Vaughan. Not a festive tune but he really belts this out!

1962 and it’s The King again. This time with “Return To Sender” – how rude, it sounds like he’s got a Christmas gift that he really didn’t like and wants to send it back. Perhaps the sender should have just sent him a cheeseburger!

The Beatles had the top spot for the festive season in 1963. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had a bit of Christmas spirit in its message.

Beatlemania was certainly in full swing as they also had the number one of Christmas 1964 with “I Feel Fine”. I’m usually fine on Christmas Day but Boxing Day hangovers are a different story!

Okay, I’m getting bored now – The Beatles were at the top of the charts again in 1965, this time with “Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out”. Seriously guys, give someone else a chance – you’re not Simon Cowell, you know!

Alas, it wasn’t the Beatles in 1966 – it was Tom Jones with the brilliant “Green Green Grass Of Home“. Take a look at the original and then watch the performance from a few years back – don’t you think he’s turning into a bronzed, leather clad Santa? Nadolig Llawen!

Excuse my language but, f**k off Beatles! Number one again for Christmas 1967 with “Hello Goodbye”. Hopefully the latter.

Christmas 1968 saw the first comedy song take first place in the festive music competition. The Scaffold put “Lily the Pink” well and truly in the pink this Christmas time. Altogether now…”we’ll drink, we’ll drink…”

The final song of the Sixties makes me really sad and angry at the same time. Rolf Harris – one of my childhood favourites who was recently jailed at the age of 84. Guilty or innocent, good or evil –  I still love the song “Two Little Boys

Well, that’s the Sixties all wrapped up in a Christmas bow.

Keep a look out for our other festive decades and don’t forget to listen to the entire playlist.


Let us know your favourite Christmas number one!

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Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.

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