Merry Christmas Everyone

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"Merry Christmas Everyone"
Single by Shakin' Stevens
B-side "With My Heart", "Blue Christmas"
Released 25 November 1985 (1985-11-25)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Length 3:39
Label Epic
Writer(s) Bob Heatlie
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
Shakin' Stevens singles chronology
"Lipstick, Powder and Paint"
(1985)
"Merry Christmas Everyone"
(1985)
"Turning Away"
(1986)

"Merry Christmas Everyone" is a popular festive song by the Welsh singer-songwriter Shakin' Stevens.

Written by Bob Heatlie and produced by Dave Edmunds, this was Shakin' Stevens fourth, and most recent, number one on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

It was released on 25 November 1985[2] and was the Christmas number one for that year.[3] Ever since it has been included on many top-selling Christmas collections and received airplay every Christmas. In 2007, the song re-entered the UK top 30 and reached number 22 on the Christmas chart.[1] This was because downloads now make up the UK Singles Chart; in past years this would have been impossible unless there was a physical re-release of the song. From 2007 to 2011, the song charted in the UK at peak positions 22, 36, 49, 47, and 42 respectively.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video shows a young girl named Samantha travelling by plane to a place called Santaworld where she meets up with Stevens who met her on a bus going to the place. Stevens is then seen riding with a woman dressed as an elf in a sleigh pulled by a horse and is taken to meet Santa Claus before going to a replica of Santa's workshop where children as seen playing with toys before going out with Santa on the sleigh and joins in a snowball fight with some other children and ends up hitting a snowman who starts to chase him. At the end of the video, Stevens is seen bidding farewell to Santa, the snowman and the children before going back into the sleigh with the woman. The children included Shaky's son, daughter, their friends including child actor Sarah J Price.

Chart performance[edit]

Year UK
[1][4]
IRE
[5]
AUT SWI
1985 1 3
2007 22
2008 36
2009 49 50 87
2010 73
2011 42
2012 46
2013 54
2014 44
2015 26
Chart (2015–16) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 62
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[7] 16

"Echoes of Merry Christmas Everyone" (2015)[edit]

"Echoes of Merry Christmas Everyone"
Single by Shakin' Stevens
Released 4 December 2015 (2015-12-04)
Format Downloads
Recorded 2015
Writer(s) Bob Heatlie

In time for Christmas 2015, Shakin' Stevens released a new version of the song as a charity single in collaboration with The Salvation Army. It is a completely revamped version with folk / bluegrass influences and prominent use of banjo. The single was available as a download starting December 2015[8] with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army.

The 2015 single didn't chart on the UK Top 100, although the original by Shakin' Stevens made it to number 26 on the UK Top 100 Chart published on Christmas week.

Preceded by
"Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston
UK Singles Chart number one single
22 December 1985–4 January 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Chart Stats - Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone". Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "shakin1". Net-serve.co.uk. 1986-12-07. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Christmas Number Ones : Singles - everyHit.com". Retrieved 19 December 2009. A technical note; the Christmas Number One does not always synchronise with the dates elsewhere as they refer to 'week ending' chart dates. These are the real Christmas Number Ones. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 457. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Shakin' Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100.
  8. ^ Rob Copsey (24 November 2015). "Christmas Number 1 2015: The contenders revealed. Who will take this year's Christmas chart-topper crown?". OfficialCharts.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 

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