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Now That’s What I Call Christmas

Okay… its a repost from last year. But it’s Christmas. And this album doesn’t change much each year. From a quick glance, I think there’s one song I haven’t covered in this article.

Sooo. In the spirit of completeness;

Idina MenzelDo You Want to Build a Snowman

A worthy addition to the Christmas song canon. But Let it Go is clearly better.

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This article is part of a series, chronicling a foolish attempt to chronicle the history of modern pop, through the Now That’s What I Call Music series. All the previous articles, and some other fun stuff, can be found here. This, however, is a break from the norm to review an annual offshoot of the series, compiling (in theory) the best Christmas songs of all time onto three fun packed discs.

Released- 3rd November 2014 (Though, let’s face it, there’s one every year)

Music History

2000 years ago, in a manger, Jesus was born. 1950 odd years later, pop music was born. The two work well together.

Me Holiday History

Originally a Roman festival called Saturnalia, and appropriated by Christianity under the Emperor Constantine as the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday. In fairness, Jesus is pretty cool about the whole thing, and doesn’t want presents himself, and is just like, ‘Guys…

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Rock Around The Clock

As always Sundays is number one days (you can try and move the charts Radio 1, but no one’s buying it) so here is the next one.

Closing in on the end of 1955, it’s Bill Haley and his Comets with rock around the clock. Technically the first rock and roll song. Although… really it’s the first successful and good rock and roll song by a white person!

Anyway, that’s not to do the song down at all. Everybody knows this one. Almost everybody loves it, myself included. So its still bloomin brilliant. Blaming Bill for the racist one sided way history is decided is like blaming Freddie Mercury for We Will Rock You the musical… He didn’t have any say in it, he just wrote some great songs!

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Hernando’s Hideaway

¡Ole! Una numero uno mas. This is actually my favourite for weeks. I think it’s been sampled on a DJ Shadow mix. Possibly Brainfreeze.

Regardless, it’s a fantastically groove laden tango. If I weren’t on a train to London as I write, I’d have a rose between my teeth right now!

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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The Man From Laramie

Another number one! Taking us up towards the end of 1955. I’m now only 60 years from today!

It’s okay. Love the plinky harpsichord! And dammit, there’s not enough westerns these days! But it’s never great…

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Rose Marie

Another number one. 11 weeks. Nearly three whole months… It has it’s moments, but how people didn’t get sick of it sooner is a mystery to me.

If you like a bit of country wailing, I’m sure it’s right up your street. Not a street I’d wander down though.

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Dreamboat

Another Sunday number one from July 1955. Frankly, if there’s one problem with modern music, it’s that there aren’t enough songs where the backing singers say things like ‘Bop shoo wah wah’.

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Unchained Melody

It’s nice to hear a different arrangement of this song for a change. This sounds like something that might play in a particularly Italian restaurant. And doesn’t make me think of pottery wheels for a change.

A great number one.

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

And onwards, to April ’55. Today, Perez ‘Prez’ Prado is best known for Guaglione, used in a Guinness commercial about 20 years ago. This is a slightly more laid back bossanova number. But no less enjoyable, a perfect soundtrack for beers on a remote beach.

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Give Me Your Word

And another number one (I promised a few today) which had a 7 week run from March 1955.

I love Tennessee Ernie Ford’s voice. He must be the only man in history to make Johnny Cash sound effeminate. This is a slow, romantic number, and quite the enjoyable one at that.

Also, I know for a fact we will hear more from this gent, and it may well be the best number one of the 50’s

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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Softly, Softly

After a brief slack break, back with another number one (I shall be trying to make up for my slackness with a few of these over the day).

In spite of using her name as a takeaway suggestion for most of my life, this might be the first time I’ve heard her music. Beyond some nice choral moments, I’m afraid this is more Korma than Vindaloo, and more than a little bland.

Talk About Pop Music

I have a playlist that contains every UK number one song since charts began in 1952. Thanks to EveryHit, this is a fairly simple process. Let’s remind ourselves of these songs.

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