Thank God It's Christmas

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"Thank God It's Christmas"
Queen Thank God It's Christmas single cover.jpg
Single by Queen
B-side "Man on the Prowl"
"Keep Passing the Open Windows"
Released 26 November 1984 (1984-11-26)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock, Christmas music
Length 4:19
Label EMI, Capitol
Writer(s) Brian May and Roger Taylor
Producer(s) Queen, Reinhold Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Hammer to Fall"
"Thank God It's Christmas"
"One Vision"

"Thank God It's Christmas" is a Christmas single by the British rock band Queen. It was written by lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

Released on 26 November 1984, the single spent six weeks in the UK charts over Christmas 1984 and new year of 1985, and peaked at number 21.[1]

The song was not originally released on any Queen studio album, appearing only on Queen's Greatest Hits III, released in 1999, and as the B-side of the single "A Winter's Tale" from the 1995 album Made in Heaven. However, the track was finally included on the bonus EP packaged with the deluxe edition of their album The Works, remastered and re-released in 2011.

No promotional video was filmed for the track, hampering its future use on music TV channels. For that reason it is a lesser known Christmas single. The song appears on several Christmas compilation albums. One of them is the original Now That's What I Call Christmas compilation released in 1985 but deleted in 1989.

It appears on the Christmas compilation LP The Edge Of Christmas in its full 12" version with the drum intro. It also appears on the US-only compilation boxed-set The Queen Collection, which consisted of a re-release of the LPs Classic Queen and Queen's Greatest Hits along with a bonus CD called Queen Talks that included this song, along with a 1989 interview with the band.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

7" Vinyl[edit]


Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thank God It's Christmas" Brian May, Roger Taylor 4:22
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Man on the Prowl" Freddie Mercury 3:30
2. "Keep Passing the Open Windows" Mercury 5:22

12" Vinyl[edit]


Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thank God It's Christmas" May, Taylor 4:19
2. "Man on the Prowl" (Extended version) Mercury 5:56
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keep Passing the Open Windows" (Extended version) Mercury 6:50

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2][3] 21
Irish Singles Chart[4] 8
Chart (1985) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 21
German Singles Chart[6] 57
Chart (2015) Peak
Danish Singles Chart[7] 36
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[8] 39
Chart (2016) Peak
Slovenia (SloTop50)[9] 21



  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Queen - Thank God It's Christmas". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  2. ^ " search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats -". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  4. ^ " search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Queen - Thank God It's Christmas -". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  6. ^ " search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
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  8. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". Retrieved 27 December 2016. 

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