The Top 10 Best Selling Christmas Songs

Christmas cheer

So it’s nearly that time again- radio stations and shops full of Noddy Holder screaming out “It’s CHRIIIISTMAAAAS”- you know you do it too :). Yes the season of Christmas songs is soon upon us and for some it’s all a bit too much.

For those of you that can’t abide Christmas songs, look away now!

We love a jingle and so in honour of this here is a list of the Top 10 best selling Christmas songs in reverse order:

Number 10-1076

Johnny Mathis- When a child is born

The sweet sweet sound of Johnny Mathis’ voice makes everyone stop to listen. Even though it doesn’t beat the Boney M version it’s still a firm favourite at everyone’s Christmas get together.

Number 9-1999

Cliff Richard- The Millenium Song

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Cliff now would it? This version of the Lords Prayer put to the tune of Auld Lang Syne catapulted to the top of the charts in 1999. Although Cliff’s record company of 40 years refused to release it, the song went on to make over £1 million for the Charity, Children’s Promise. Now that’s a nifty Christmas gift.

Number 8-1994

East 17- Stay another day

This song continues to provoke controversy with people claiming it’s not a Christmas song. The song was actually written by Tony Mortimer after his brother’s suicide. He received the Ivor Novello songwriting award for this song, which seems like a lovely tribute for a great sentiment and a fab song.

Number 7-1942/1977/1998

Bing Crosby- White Christmas 

The song was originally written by Irving Berlin for the movie Holiday Inn and such was it’s popularity that the lyrics were changed and the song was recorded for release just before the movie entered theatres. A movie entitled White Christmas was penned around the song and this won the Academy Award for Best Song of 1942.

Number 6-1973/1981/1983/1998/2006/2007/2008/2010

Slade- Merry Christmas everybody

Top 10 best selling Slade

Even though this is probably the most famous Christmas song it only reaches Number 6 on the selling scale. To show the scale of the songs popularity though the UK copyright collection society and performance rights organisation estimated that 42 per cent of the earth’s population have heard this tune. Wow!!!

Number 5-2004

Band Aid 20- Do they know it’s Christmas

With a host of updated artists this version sold 1.18 million copies with the famous line being kept with Bono.  I mean who else could do it justice?

Number 4-1957

Harry Belafonte- Mary’s boy child

It’s a pretty good test of strength when a song appears twice in a top 10, by 2 different artists. This Belafonte version holds more than a Number 4 on the Top 10 chart record. When this reached Number 1 Belafonte became the first black male to hold the top spot in the UK, became the first song to sell 1 million copies and the first ever British Number 1 record to have a playing time of more than four minutes.

Number 3-1984/1985/2007/2008/2009/2010

Wham- Last Christmas

With 1.82 million sales this also holds the record for the most popular lyric. The whispered “Merry Christmas” is the most copied lyric of all time, not to mention the voicemail greetings!

Number 2-1978

Boney M- Mary’s boy child

Although this song appears twice in the top 10, this Boney M disco version sold 1.89 million copies- quite a magnificent feat in 1978.

Number 1- 1984/1985/2007

Band Aid- Do they know it’s Christmas

Top 10 best selling Band Aid

Not only does this top the Christmas hit list but it’s the second biggest selling single of all time with 3.8 million sales since it’s first release. Not a particularly jaunty tune but it is one of great hope. The ‘clanging chimes of doom’ may well ring loud and clear but it certainly delivers the message- each and every year.

So whether you’re a bah humbug or a Jingly Bell, turn on the radio and turn up the volume- if you can’t beat them- join them!