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Video: Top 5 Christmas number ones

Check out which Christmas classics were included in our list – did we leave out any of your favourites?

Image: terren in Virginia via Creative Commons

LOVE THEM OR LOATHE THEM, Christmas songs have been flooded the airwaves for at least a month now.

For those who’ve had their fill of the classics, there’s a list of alternative festive tunes, but sometimes you just can’t beat the oldies.

TheJournal.ie brings you a Top 5 list of Christmas hits:

1. Last Christmas

Released by British pop duo Wham! in 1984, first up is the Christmas classic Last Christmas and its ski holiday-themed video:


2. All I Want for Christmas is You

Maria Carey is expecting twins this Christmas, but in 1994 all she wanted was “you”. The song was covered in the British Christmas film Love Actually, and is reportedly the best-selling festive ringtone in the US:


3. Do They Know its Christmas?

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure penned the following Christmas hit, which was recorded and released by the celebrity collaboration Band Aid in 1984 to raise aid funds for a famine in Ethiopia. After becoming Christmas number one that year, the success of the single and the continued crisis in Ethiopia led Geldof to organise Live Aid the following summer:


4. Walking in the Air

A festive tear-jerker, Walking in the Air was written to accompany the animated classic The Snowman in the early 80s. The original version Peter Auty recorded for the film was popular, but a recording by Welsh schoolboy Aled Jones became a huge hit a couple of years later:


5. Fairytale of New York

And last, but by no means least, is the Pogues’ classic featuring the late Kirsty MacColl. Originally released in 1987, the song has been covered by artists ranging from Ronan Keating to Dustin the Turkey, and was recorded again this year by the an unlikely duet pairing Shaun Ryder and Stacey Solomon. We thought it was best to stick with the original version:


Which of your festive favourites would you have put into the Top 5? Or, which of these would you like to see banned from all future Christmases?

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