Right then — we've had a look through what's likely to be in this Sunday's Top 200 and, after taking out all the boring normal stuff, have been left with a list of what we suppose must be this year's most popular Christmas tunes. We've included proper Christmas songs as well as a handful of novelty tracks and opportunistic releases.
There are thirty songs in total, and they are:
|4'33 (CAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE VERSION)
|FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK
|POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
|ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
|YEO VALLEY RAP
|YEO VALLEY BOYZ FT MR GEORGE
|I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY
|MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY
|DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS
|MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
|USE MY ARSEHOLE AS A CUNT
|KUNT & THE GANG
|DECEMBER SONG (I DREAMED OF CHRISTMAS)
|SINGS BACHARACH AT CHRISTMAS
|SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
|WHERE WILL YOU SLEEP THIS CHRISTMAS?
|ABERLOUR CHOIR feat GAMU NHENGU
|DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
|HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
|JOHN & YOKO/PLASTIC ONO BAND
|1000 MILES APART
|ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
|STEP INTO CHRISTMAS
|WARM THIS WINTER
|STAY ANOTHER DAY
|CHRISTMAS TIME (DON'T LET THE BELLS END)
|I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS
|STOP THE CAVALRY
What's not there?
Well, one song missing is Hurts' v amazing 'All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day', which is chart ineligible due to it being COMPLETELY FREE TO DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES. You can click here to do that. The artwork (right) is rather special too, as you can see.
Another tune not present in the Top 200 is 'Don't Give Up', the Pete 'n' Kate cover by Steve Brookstein and his wife Eileen Hunter. Old Brooko hasn't made it easy to hear the tune online — it's not on YouTube, for example, and iTunes has it listed under Together@Qristmas instead of anything anyone might possibly be able to spell. It is, however, a reminder that when he's not being a massive bellend on Twitter Steve Brookstein has a rather lovely pop voice. You can listen to a clip on this page.
Finally, we should mention the two very worst releases of the festive season, both of which have been spawned by atrocious ad campaigns. The first is the release of the 'Somebody To Love' cover from the Confused.com advert.[youtube]MeuaMuRP9FI[/youtube]
Last, and by every means least, is the most awful response song you'll ever experience. We will not subject you to any music with this one because there'll be a new Britney single to listen to soon and you'll need fully-functioning ears, but here is the artwork.
Readers, the song is actually worse than the artwork suggests. Far, far worse.