Christmas Number Ones In The Seventies
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 Seventies was “I Hear You Knockin’” by Dave Edmunds.
It might not appear to be a very festive tune but it’s very fitting for me because usually when I hear someone knocking on my door at this time of year they are collecting money for one thing or another. I hear them knocking but they can’t come in!
The 1971 Christmas number one was “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)” by comedian Benny Hill. The start of the novelty Christmas songs is well under way!
1972 and it’s time for the cuteness to begin “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool” by Little Jimmy Osmond had everyone saying “ahhhhh, how sweet”.
1973 was the dawning of a new age as far as Christmas songs go. Slade proved that if you write a really good Christmas song then you are set for life. “Merry Xmas Everybody” is still played every year and these days even makes in back into the UK charts.
Mud were at the top of the tree in 1974 with “Lonely This Christmas“. A festive theme but a bit of a sad sentiment for the holiday season.
One of the best songs of all time and one of the most epic was in first place in 1975. Queen took their amazing song “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the top for the first time in this year.
Johnny Mathis went all out in 1976 and produced a Christmas song with a religious message. Of course “When a Child Is Born” was going to be the festive first song!
Christmas 1977 saw ex-Beatle Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings, reach number one with “Mull Of Kintyre“. A nice song and it reminds me more of New Year rather than Christmas.
1978 – my first Christmas! It’s very important to me that I had a good first Christmas Number One song and I think I did. “Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord” by Boney M has everything you need in a Christmas song!
It was a slightly depressing way to end the 1970’s with “Another Brick In The Wall” by Pink Floyd being Number One in 1979. Let’s not talk about this one…