Merry Christmas Everyone

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"Merry Christmas Everyone"
Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone single cover.jpg
Single by Shakin' Stevens
B-side"With My Heart", "Blue Christmas"
Released25 November 1985 (1985-11-25)
Format7", 12", CD
GenrePop rock, Christmas Music
Length3:39
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Bob Heatlie
Producer(s)Dave Edmunds
Shakin' Stevens singles chronology
"Lipstick, Powder and Paint"
(1985)
"Merry Christmas Everyone"
(1985)
"Turning Away"
(1986)
"Lipstick, Powder and Paint"
(1985)
"Merry Christmas Everyone"
(1985)
"Turning Away"
(1986)
Music video
"Merry Christmas Everyone" on YouTube

"Merry Christmas Everyone" is a festive song by Welsh singer-songwriter Shakin' Stevens. Written by Bob Heatlie and produced by Dave Edmunds, it was the fourth number one single from Shakin' Stevens 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 frequent 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 2017, the song charted in the UK at peak positions 22, 36, 49, 47, 42, 46, 54, 38, 26, 17 and 10. Originally only in the chart for eight weeks, it has since amassed over 60.[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.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7 inch single
  1. "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Bob Heatlie) 3:39
  2. "With My Heart" (Bruce Roberts / Dave Edwards / Shakin' Stevens) 2:45
UK 12 inch single
  1. "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Bob Heatlie) 3:39
  2. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes / Jay W. Johnson) 2:45
  3. "With My Heart" (Bruce Roberts / Dave Edwards / Shakin' Stevens) 2:45

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985–2018) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 10
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 46
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[9] 16
Slovenia (SloTop50)[10] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 35
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[1] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[12] Platinum 90,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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

"Echoes of Merry Christmas Everyone"
Echoes-of-Merry-Christmas-Everyone-Shakin-Stevens.jpg
Single by Shakin' Stevens
Released4 December 2015 (2015-12-04)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
GenreBluegrass
Songwriter(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[14] with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army.

The 2015 single did not 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "merry christmas everyone > Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  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. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Shakin' Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Shakin' Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 52, 2017". Hitlisten. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Shakin' Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Shakin' Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100.
  10. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Shakin' Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Shakin Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone"". IFPI Denmark. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 January 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Merry Christmas Everyone in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ Copsey, Rob (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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