Thursday, December 01, 2022

The Christmas charts

For the last few years we've been collating the playlists of daytime Radios 1 and 2 for the whole build-up to Christmas, which the Beeb has now decided officially begins today. We post them on Twitter, the tweet gets three likes and we realise we've wasted good hours of the best part of a month.

Still, at least we have the data. So, in case you ever wondered - what are the most played Christmas songs on daytime Radio 1 between December 1st and 24th over the last three years?

19= Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas/John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (21 plays)
18 Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (22)
17 Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime (24)
14= Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me/Katy Perry - Cozy Little Christmas/The Pogues feat. Kirsty Maccoll - Fairytale Of New York (25)
12= Coldplay - Christmas Lights/The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping (26)
9= Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?/Elton John - Step Into Christmas/Leona Lewis - One More Sleep (28)
7= The Darkness - Christmas Time(Don't Let The Bells End)/Destiny's Child - 8 Days Of Christmas (31)
5= Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone/Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (34)
3= Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree/Wham! - Last Christmas (37)
2 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (51)
1 Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (55)


And what about the same for Radio 2, which plays much more of it all round?

30 Darlene Love - All Alone On Christmas (16 plays)
29 Keith Urban - I'll Be Your Santa Tonight (17)
28 Carrie Underwood - Favourite Time Of Year (18)
27 The Crystals - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (19)
25= Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year/Gwen Stefani feat. Blake Shelton - You Make It Feel Like Christmas (20)
24 Fairytale Of New York (21)
23 Christmas Wrapping (22)
21= The Crystals - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (25)
20 The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride (28)
19 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (29)
17= Christmas Lights/Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (32)
16 Do They Know It's Christmas? (33)
15 Gabriella Cilmi - Warm This Winter (34)
14 Wonderful Christmastime (35)
13 The Pretenders - 2000 Miles (36)
12 Underneath The Tree (37)
9= Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas/Merry Christmas Everyone/I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (41)
7= Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)/Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry (45)
5= One More Sleep/ Step Into Christmas (46)
4 Merry Xmas Everybody (49)
3 Driving Home For Christmas (54)
2 Last Christmas (55)
1 All I Want For Christmas Is You (58)