List of Christmas hit singles in the United Kingdom

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The following is an incomplete list of Christmas songs (hit singles and tracks) recorded by well known and obscure artists, which have hit on the official singles chart in the United Kingdom. A year indicates the first year of release for that artist's recorded version of the single or track, which may not necessarily be the first year the artist's version charted on The Official UK Charts According to the archive of the Official UK Charts Company.

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Title Artist Year Additional Information
"21st Century Christmas" Cliff Richard 2006 Peaked at No. 2 on the 2006 December charts.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey 1994 Written by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey. Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1994. Charted again on the Official Singles Chart in December 2007 (peaking at No. 4), in November 2008 (peaking at No. 12), in December 2009 (peaking at No. 18), in December 2010 (peaking at No. 22) and in December 2011 (peaking at No. 11). In December 2013 the song passed the one million sales mark in the UK. The band My Chemical Romance also recorded a version of the song.
"All Join Hands" Slade 1984 Peaked at No. 15 on the Official Singles Chart in November 1984. Also peaked at No. 9 on the Irish Singles Chart and No. 19 on the Swedish singles chart in 1984.
"Another Rock and Roll Christmas" Gary Glitter 1984 Peaked at No. 7 on the Official Singles Chart in 1985. From the album Boys Will Be Boys .
"At This Time of Year" Craig Phillips 2000 Big Brother winner's Christmas charity single for Downs Syndrome Association. Peaked at No. 14 on the Official Singles Chart after being in the Top 40 for three weeks. Phillips also appeared in the videos for Bo Selecta's Proper Crimbo (2003), and Ricky Tomlinson's Christmas My Arse (2006).
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews 1999 Peaked at No. 17 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1999. Written in 1944 by Frank Loesser and featured in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter starring Esther Williams.
"Baby's First Christmas" Karamat 1961 Peaked at No. 30 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Best Christmas of Them All" Shakin' Stevens 1990 Peaked at No. 19 on the Official Singles Chart. From the album Merry Christmas Everyone.
"Bionic Santa" Chris Hill 1976 Peaked at No. 10 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Boots" The Killers 2010 Peaked at No. 53 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Christmas Alphabet" Dickie Valentine 1955 A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart chart in 1955. Covered in the US by The McGuire Sisters.
"Christmas and You" Dave King 1956 Peaked at No. 23 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1956.[1]
"Christmas Baby Please Come Home" Michael Bublé 2011 Peaked at No. 47 on the Official Singles Chart in December 2011.[1]
"Christmas Countdown" Frank Kelly 1983 Peaked at No. 26 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1984.[1]
"Christmas in Blobbyland" Mr Blobby 1995 Peaked at No. 36 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1995.[1]
"Christmas in Dreadland" Judge Dread 1975 Peaked at No. 14 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1975.[1]
"Christmas in Hollis" Run–D.M.C. 1987 Peaked at No. 56 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1987.[1]
"Christmas in Smurfland" Father Abraham & The Smurfs 1978 Peaked at No. 19 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1978.[1]
"Christmas Is All Around" Billy Mack 2003 Recorded for the film Love Actually. Peaked at No. 23 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Christmas Island" Dickie Valentine 1956 Peaked at No. 8 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1956.[1]
"A Christmas Kiss" Daniel O'Donnell 1999
"Christmas Lights" Coldplay 2010 Digital download track which peaked at No. 13 on the Official Singles Chart for the week of 12 December 2010.
"Christmas Medley" Weekend 1985 Peaked at No. 47 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1985.[1]
"Christmas My Arse" Ricky Tomlinson 2006 Video features Craig Phillips, first winner of TV's Big Brother series in the UK.
"Christmas on 45" Holly and The Ivys 1981 Peaked at No. 40 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1981.[1]
"Christmas Rappin'" Kurtis Blow 1979 Peaked at No. 30 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1979.[1]
"Christmas Rapping" Dizzy Heights 1982 Peaked at No. 49 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1982.[1]
"Christmas Song" Gilbert O'Sullivan 1974 Peaked at No. 12 on the Official Singles Chart in 1974.
Christmas Song {Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire}" Alexander O'Neill 1988 Peaked at No. 30 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1988.[1]
"Christmas Spectre" Jingle Belles 1983 Peaked at No. 37 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1983.[1]
"Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)" The Darkness 2003 Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Christmas Time" Bryan Adams 1985 Peaked at No. 55 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1985.[2]
"Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day" Brenda Lee 1964 Peaked at No. 25 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1964.[1]
"Christmas Wrapping" The Waitresses 1981 Peaked on No. 45 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1982. First appeared on the 1981 various artists holiday compilation album A Christmas Record (Ze Records). Covered in 1998 by the Spice Girls and released as a B-side on their single "Goodbye".
"Coldcut's Christmas Break" Coldcut 1989
"Cruise Into Christmas Medley" Jane McDonald 1998
"December Brings Me Back to You" Andy Abraham featuring Michael Underwood 2006 The GMTV Christmas single for host Michael Underwood, written and sung with X Factor star Andy Abraham. Charted at No. 18 on the Official Singles Chart.
"December Will Be Magic Again" Kate Bush 1979 Not released until the Christmas season of 1980. The single peaked at No. 29 on the Official Singles Chart.
"December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)" George Michael 2009 Peaked at No. 14 on the Official Singles Chart
"Dominick the Donkey" Lou Monte 1960 Peaked at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart in 2011 as part of a campaign by Chris Moyles
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 1984 A benefit recording by an all-star group to assist famine relief in Ethiopia; organized by Bob Geldof of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats. Written by Geldof and Midge Ure of the British rock band Ultravox. A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart in 1984, and re-recorded on two other separate occasions: Band Aid II in 1989 and Band Aid 20 in 2004.
"Don't Shoot Me Santa" The Killers 2007 Peaked at No. 34 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Driving Home for Christmas" Chris Rea 1988 Peaked at No. 53 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1988 as an EP. The song re-charted on the Official Singles Chart in December 2007 (peaking at No. 33), in December 2008 (peaking at No. 53), in December 2009 (peaking at No. 40), in January 2011 (peaking at No. 67) and in December 2011 (peaking at No. 27).
"Fairytale of New York" The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 1987 Written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan. Peaked at No. 2 the Official Singles Chart in December 1987, and to many people's amazement beaten to No. 1 by the Pet Shop Boys' "Always on My Mind". Also peaked at No. 1 on the Irish singles chart (where it continues to be the most popular Christmas song).
"Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" The Goodies 1974 Peaked at No. 7 on the Official Singles Chart. Part of a double A-side.
"Fifty Grand for Christmas" Paul Holt 2004
"Footprints in the Snow" Johnny Duncan & The Bluegrass Boys 1957 Peaked at No. 27 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Gaudete" Steeleye Span 1972 First charted on the Official Singles Chart in December 1973, peaking at No. 14.
"Gift of Christmas, The" Childliners 1995 Peaked at No. 9 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Give U One 4 Christmas" Hot Pantz 2005 Peaked at No. 64 on the Official Singles Chart.[3]
"Hallelujah" Alexandra Burke 2008 This version and a Jeff Buckley version occupied the top two spots on the 2008 Christmas Day chart.
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" John and Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir 1971 Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Originally charted on the Official Singles Chart in December 1972, peaking at No. 4. Reached a new peak of No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1980 after the death of Lennon. Later covered by Melissa Etheridge in 1994, The Polyphonic Spree, Celine Dion in 1997, The Idols, The Alarm, Neil Diamond, the Street Drum Corps ft. Bert McCracken of The Used, and most recently by Sarah McLachlan in 2006.
"Have a Cheeky Christmas" Cheeky Girls 2003 Peaked at No. 10 on the Official Singles Chart.
"I Believe in Christmas" The Tweenies 2001
"I Believe in Father Christmas" Greg Lake 1975 Written by Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield. Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1975. Charted again in December 1982 (peaking at No. 72) and again in December 1983 (peaking at No. 65).
"I Have Forgiven Jesus" Morrissey 2004 Peaked at No. 10 on the 2004 UK December chart.
"I Love Christmas" Fast Food Rockers 2003 Peaked at No. 25 on the Official Singles Chart.
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" Jimmy Boyd 1952 Peaked at No. 6 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1953. The Jimmy Boyd version was one of three versions to chart in 1953; the others were recorded by the Beverley Sisters and Billy Cotton.
"I Want an Alien For Christmas" Fountains of Wayne 1997 Peaked at No. 36 on the Official Singles Chart.
"I Was Born on Christmas Day" Saint Etienne co-starring Tim Burgess 1993 Peaked at No. 37 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1993.
"I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Merry Christmas Everyday" The Wombles with Roy Wood 2000
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" Wizzard 1973 Featuring backing vocals by the Suedettes, plus the Stockland Green Bilateral School First Year Choir, with additional noises by Miss. Snob and Class 3C. Re-recorded by the writer, Wizzard frontman Roy Wood, with his Roy Wood Big Band as a live single in 1995. Later covered by the A*Teens, Girls Aloud and Wilson Phillips (whose version peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in December 2010).
"In Dulci Jubilo" Mike Oldfield 1975 Peaked at No. 4 on the Official Singles Chart in early 1976. Also known as "Good Christmas Men, Rejoice" and "In Sweetest Jubilee".
"Is This Christmas?" The Wombats 2008
"It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" Pet Shop Boys 1997 Peaked at No. 40 on the Official Singles Chart in December 2009.
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" Perry Como 1951 First charted on the Official Singles Chart in 2007, but peaked at No. 47 in 2008.
"It's Christmas Time" Status Quo 2008
"It's Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas" Dana 1975 Peaked at No. 4 on the Official Singles Chart in 1975.
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Andy Williams 1963 Peaked at No. 21 on the 2007 Christmas charts.
"It Must Be Santa" Joan Regan 1961 Peaked at No. 42 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Jingle Bells" Basshunter 2006 Peaked at No. 34 on the 2008 Christmas chart.
"Last Christmas" Wham! 1984 Written by George Michael. Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1984. Re-released in 1985. Rumored to have been written for Easter, but later changed to Christmas to boost sales. It was covered by Alien Voices featuring The Three Degrees in 1988 (which reached No. 54), the cast of the television series "The Only Way is Essex" (which peaked at No. 33 in 2011), and Crazy Frog (which peaked at No. 16 in 2006).[1]
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" Dean Martin 1959 Peaked at No. 70 on the Official Singles Chart in 2011. Originally released on Martin's 1959 album A Winter Romance.
"Let's Party" Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers 1989 A medley of three Christmas hits: "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard and finally "Another Rock and Roll Christmas" by Gary Glitter. The song was remixed again in 2004, replacing Gary Glitter with Mariah Carey singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You". This mix is only available to DJs.
"Lick a Smurp For Christmas" Father Abraphart & The Smurps 1978 Peaked at No. 58 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Little Drummer Boy" Bandaged {Sir Terry Wogan & Aled Jones} 1941 Peaked at No. 3 on the 2008 Christmas chart.
"Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop)" Adam Faith with the Children 1960 Peaked at No. 4 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1960.
"Lonely This Christmas" Mud 1974 A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart in 1974.
"Mary's Boy Child" Harry Belafonte 1957 Written by Jester Hairston. Spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart at the end of 1957. The reissue one year later reached the Top 10. Also a Top 40 hit for Nina & Frederik in 1959.
"Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord" Boney M. 1978 A disco medley. The previous entry combined with a new song written by Frank Farian and Fred Jay. The UK Christmas No. 1 of 1978.
"The Meaning of Christmas" Boris Gardiner 1986 Peaked at No. 69 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Merry Christmas Everyone" Shakin' Stevens 1985 Produced by Dave Edmunds. A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart in 1985.
"Merry Xmas Everybody" Slade 1973 Written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart chart in 1973. Covered by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1982, Steps, Noel Gallagher, and then Tony Christie in 2005. Has also been reissued by Slade on several occasions, most recently in 2006.
"The Millennium Prayer" Cliff Richard 1999 Topped the Official Singles Chart in December 1999.
"Mistletoe" Justin Bieber 2011 Peaked at No. 21 on the Official Singles Chart in 2011.
"Mistletoe and Wine" Cliff Richard 1988 A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart in 1988.
"Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" Mr. Hankey 1999 Peaked at No. 4 on the Official Singles Chart in 1999.
"Must Be Santa" Tommy Steele 1960 Peaked at No. 40 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Naughty Christmas (Goblin in the Office)" Fat Les 1998
"New Year" Sugababes 2000
"Once Upon a Christmas Song" Geraldine 2008 Entered and peaked at No. 5 on the 2008 Christmas Day chart.
"One More Sleep" Leona Lewis 2013 Peaked at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart in December 2013.
"One Nine For Santa" Fogwell Flax & The Ankle Biters from Frehold Junior School 1981 Peaked at No. 68 on the Official Singles Chart in 1981.
"Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" David Bowie and Bing Crosby 1982 Peaked at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1982. Recorded on 11 September 1977 for Crosby's UK holiday television special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas. The song wasn't released as a commercial single until 1982, and a video clip of their duet from the TV special became an MTV staple for the remainder of the 1980s.
"Pipes of Peace" Paul McCartney 1983 Released for the 1983 Christmas market, but only topped the Official Singles Chart in January 1984. The song did not actually make any reference to Christmas but it's accompanying video depicted the 1914 Christmas Day truce between British and German soldiers on the Western front.
"Please Come Home For Christmas" Bon Jovi 1994 Peaked at No. 7 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1994. An earlier version of the song, by The Eagles, peaked at No. 30 on the Official Singles Chart in 1978.[1]
"The Perfect Year" Dina Carroll 1993 From the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard. Also recorded by Glenn Close and Alan Campbell on the 2001 album Andrew Lloyd Webber: Gold.
"The Power Of Love" Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1984 Peaked at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1984.
"Pretty Paper" Roy Orbison 1964 Peaked at No. 6 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1964.
"Proper Crimbo" Bo' Selecta! 2003 The promotional music video features guest appearances from various celebrities including Edith Bowman, Chris Moyles, Bob Geldof, Mel B, Christine Hamilton, Craig Phillips and Jimmy Carr.
"Remembering Christmas" Exeter Bramdean Boy's Choir 1993 Peaked at No. 46 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Renta Santa" Chris Hill 1975 Peaked at No. 10 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Brenda Lee 1958 Peaked at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart in 1965.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Mel Smith and Kim Wilde, recording as Mel & Kim 1987 Peaked at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Rockin' Good Christmas" Roy 'Chubby' Brown 1996 Peaked at No. 51 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Same Old Lang Syne" Dan Fogelberg 1980 Despite reaching the Top 10 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in February 1981, the song didn't chart on the Official Singles Chart in the UK until 2008, peaking at No. 92.
"Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me" Elvis Presley 1957 Peaked at No. 7 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Santa Claus Is Back in Town" Elvis Presley 1957 Peaked at No. 41 on the Official Singles Chart in 1980.
"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" Bruce Springsteen 1985 Peaked at No. 9 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1985. Charted again the Official Singles Chart for one week in December 2007 (peaking at No. 60). Versions of the song recorded by other artists that charted on the Official Singles Chart include The Jackson 5 (peaked at No. 43 in December 1972), The Carpenters (peaked at No. 37 in December 1975), and Björn Again (peaked at No. 55 in December 1992).
"Santa Claus Is on the Dole" Spitting Image 1986 With "1st Atheist Tabernacle Choir" on the B-side.
"Santa's List" Cliff Richard 2003
"Saviour's Day" Cliff Richard 1990 A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart in 1990.
"Silent Night" Bros 1988 Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1988. A double A-sided single ("Cat Among the Pigeons" was on the flip).
"Silver Bells" Sir Terry Wogan & Aled Jones 2009 Peaked at No. 29 on the Christmas Day chart in 2009.
"Singalong-A-Santa" Santa Claus & The Christmas Trees 1982 Peaked at No. 19 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Singalong-A-Santa Again" Santa Claus & The Christmas Trees 1983 Peaked at No. 39 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Snow {Hey Oh}" Red Hot Chili Peppers 2006 Peaked at No. 16 on the Official Singles Chart.
"Snow Coach" Russ Conway 1959 Peaked at No. 7 on the Official Singles Chart.
"A Spaceman Came Travelling" Chris de Burgh 1975 Originally released on Chris de Burgh's second studio album, Spanish Train and Other Stories (1975). Became a Top 40 pop hit single on the Official Singles Chart in December 1986 following the success of de Burgh's UK No. 1 pop hit, "The Lady in Red".
"Stay Another Day" East 17 1994 Topped the Official Singles Chart in December 1994.
"Step Into Christmas" Elton John 1973 The B-side of the 1973 single contained another holiday tune by Elton titled "Ho Ho Ho (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)". The British indie-rock band The Wedding Present recorded a cover of "Step Into Christmas" that appeared on the 1991 various artists holiday compilation A Lump of Coal.
"Stop the Cavalry" Jona Lewie 1980 Peaked at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1980.
"Thank God It's Christmas" Queen 1984 Peaked at No. 21 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1984.
"This One's for the Children" New Kids on the Block 1990 Peaked at No. 9 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1990.
"2000 Miles" Pretenders 1983 Peaked at No. 15 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1983.
"Under the Tree" The Water Babies 2005
"Underneath the Tree" Kelly Clarkson 2013 Peaked at No. 30 on the Official Singles Chart in December 2013.
"Walking in the Air" Peter Auty and the Sinfonia of London 1982 From the 1982 film adaptation of The Snowman. Later recorded by Aled Jones in 1985, and Nightwish in 1999.
"Warm This Winter" Gabriella Cilmi 1962 Cover of the Connie Francis song originally titled I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter. Top 30 hit on the 2008 Christmas chart.
"What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors" (Interpolating "In The Bleak Mid-Winter") George Cole and Dennis Waterman 1983 A one-off single, a spin-off from the popular British TV series Minder, it was based musically on a piece by Gustav Holst, who for copyright reasons was given a joint co-composing credit on the label alongside the two performers. Peaked at No. 21 on the Official Singles Chart.
"When a Child Is Born" Johnny Mathis 1976 A Christmas No. 1 single on the Official Singles Chart in 1976. Originally recorded and released by Michael Holm in 1974.
"White Christmas" Pat Boone 1957 Peaked at No. 29 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1957. Max Bygravesversion reached No. 71 in 1989. Bing Crosby's version did not chart until 1977 but was the most successful version, peaking at No. 5.[1]
"A Winter's Tale" David Essex 1982 Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in January 1983.
"A Winter's Tale" Queen 1995 Debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Official Singles Chart during Christmas week in December 1995.
"Winter Wonderland" Cocteau Twins 1993 Peaked at No. 58 on the Official Singles Chart. Double A-side (with "Frosty the Snowman")
"Wombling Merry Christmas" The Wombles 1974 Peaked at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1974.
"Wonderful Christmastime" Paul McCartney 1979 Peaked at No. 6 on the Official Singles Chart in December 1979. Backed with the B-side "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae" (an instrumental cover of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer").
"X-M@$" Corey Taylor 2009 A UK top thirty hit in 2009

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r http://www.officialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/christmas
  2. ^ Official Singles Charts website http://www.officialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/christmas
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 260. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

Notes[edit]

  • British Hit Singles and Albums (Guinness 19th Edition) by David Roberts
  • Complete UK Hit Singles by Graham Betts
  • Complete Guide to the British Charts by Neil Warwick