Classic Christmas (Joe McElderry album)

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Classic Christmas
Studio album by Joe McElderry
Released 25 November 2011 (2011-11-25)
Recorded October 2011
Genre Christmas, pop, classical
Length 44:39
Label Decca, UCJ
Producer Steven Baker, Morgan Pochin Music Productions
Joe McElderry chronology
Classic Christmas
Here's What I Believe
Singles from Classic Christmas
  1. "Last Christmas"
    Released: 4 November 2011

Classic Christmas is the third studio album and first Christmas album by the British singer Joe McElderry. It was released on 25 November 2011.[1] It is his second album released under Decca Records.


Before the album's official announcement, it was available to pre-order from, and On 6 October, McElderry announced that he was working on the album on Twitter[2] and later on his official website.[3] The album features a collaboration with one of his Popstar to Operastar mentors, Rolando Villazón. A limited Christmas gift edition was announced, it includes the album along with his previous album, Classic, the set also includes a signed photograph, a keyring, and a tag from McElderry on the hand wrapped box.[4]


An advert was filmed, directed by Steve Lucker, it features McElderry outside in the snow, collecting logs and taking them to a large house preparing for a Christmas party, singing a selection of songs of the album.[5] 2 short music videos were made from the footage that was filmed, "Last Christmas"[6] and "O Come All Ye Faithful".[7]

On 8 December, he performed at Durham Cathedral to an audience of 1,500, singing, "In the Bleak Midwinter" and David Essex's "A Winter's Tale", with a new verse written by Tim Rice.[8] He will introduce The Nutcracker at The O2 arena from 27 December 2011 to 30 December 2011.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Focus 4/5 stars[10]

Prior the release of the album, Entertainment Focus praised the album, calling it "another winning release from Joe McElderry", giving the album 4/5 stars.[10]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mary's Boy Child" Jester Hairston 3:57
2. "White Christmas" Irving Berlin 3:11
3. "When a Child Is Born" Ciro Dammicco, Fred Jay 3:30
4. "In the Bleak Midwinter" Christina Rossetti 4:23
5. "O Holy Night" (featuring Rolando Villazón) Adolphe Adam 5:03
6. "I Believe in Father Christmas" Greg Lake, Peter Sinfield 3:09
7. "Silent Night" Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber, John Freeman Young 3:27
8. "Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)" John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley 3:07
9. "Santo Natale (Merry Christmas)" David Whitfield 3:26
10. "Last Christmas" George Michael 4:18
11. "The Little Drummer Boy" Katherine Kennicott Davis 2:55
12. "Driving Home for Christmas" Chris Rea 3:37


During the album's first week of release in the United Kingdom, 34,043 copies of the album were sold at retail in the country, and the album debuted at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart.[11]

The album debuted at number 73 on the Irish Albums Chart.

Chart (2011) Peak
UK Albums Chart[12] 15
Irish Albums Chart[13] 73



Release history[edit]

Region Date
Ireland 25 November 2011
United Kingdom 28 November 2011


  1. ^ "Classic Christmas by Joe McElderry on Apple Music". 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  2. ^ Tweet by Joe McElderry (verified account) Twitter. Retrieved on 31 October 2011.
  3. ^ Joe McElderry News Retrieved on 31 October 2011.
  4. ^ Christmas Gift Edition Universal Music Group online store. Retrieved on 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ Behind The Scenes at Joe's Classic Christmas Winter Wonderland! on YouTube Decca Records on YouTube. Retrieved on 21 December 2011.
  6. ^ Last Christmas music video on YouTube
  7. ^ O Come All Ye Faithful music video on YouTube
  8. ^ Royal approval for charity carols night The Northern Echo. Retrieved on 13 December 2011.
  9. ^ The Nutcracker introduced by Joe McElderry - Book Tickets Retrieved on 28 November 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  11. ^ Alan Jones, Official Album Chart analysis: Olly Murs becomes 10th X Factor No. 1 From Music Week (4 December 2011). Retrieved on 5 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  13. ^ Archived Irish Albums Chart for the Week Ending 1 December 2011 From Chart-Track. Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Joe McElderry - Classic Christmas". Retrieved 2016-07-23.