Greetings, Pop Pickers. As we celebrate this year's Christmas Top of the Pops, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, we take a stroll down memory lane and relive one or two Christmas Number 1s that we bopped along to during the 1980s.
Oh, they're an eclectic collection - some of them memorable, some instantly forgettable and some "oh yes! I remember that!"
If you want a trip down memory lane, all these songs are shared n our You Tube Channel - Playlists - Christmas Number 1s of the 80s
1980 - St Winifred's School Choir - "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" - who could forget that???
1981 - The Human League - "Don't You Want Me" - Iconic 80s song but some of you youngsters may remember it from a Fiat car ad that ran in 2001, where the man sang the words at a petrol station ;-)
1982 - Renee and Renato - "Save Your Love" - who could forget this song!!!!! So cheesy, we love it.
1983 - The Flying Pickets - "Only You" - before the film Pitch Perfect (love that film, wish they'd turn that into stage musical) The Flying Pickets bought a capella singing to the top of the charts - jury's out on whether it was cool or not!!
Looking at this picture, the lead singer him with the black shirt and pink jacket looks a bit like Adam Sandler's character in The Wedding Singer movie!!
1984 - Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas" - the original line-up brought together by Bob Geldof to raise money for the then terrible Ethiopian famine. The song was written, musicians gathered, song recorded, pressed (onto vinyl, no download in 1984) and released within 4 days. It is the biggest selling single of the 1980s.
1985 - Shakin Stevens - "Merry Christmas Everyone" - HOORAY!! At last an actual Christmassy song. What is not to love about this festive jingle.
1986 - Jackie Wilson - "Reet Petite" - this originally topped the charts in 1957, but was reissued in 1986 following the showing of a clay animation video on the BBC Two documentary series Arena. It proved so popular that in December 1986, almost three years after Wilson's death, the song became a No. 1 in the UK for four weeks (selling over 700,000 copies), some 29 years after its chart debut. This was the record for the longest time between a song's debut on the chart and it reaching number one, until it was overtaken by Tony Christie's "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo" in 2005.
1987 - Pet Shop Boys - "Always on my Mind" - In 1987, the Pet Shop Boys performed a synthpop version of "Always on My Mind" on Love Me Tender, a television special on the ITV network. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Presley's death, the programme featured various popular acts of the time performing cover versions of his hits. The Pet Shop Boys' performance was so well-received that the duo decided to record the song and release it as a single. This version became the UK's Christmas number one single that year. It went on to top the charts for four weeks in total.
1988 - Cliff Richard - "Mistletoe and Wine" - The song was written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan for a musical called Scraps, which was an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" set in Victorian London.
Cliff Richard liked the song, but changed the lyrics to reflect a more religious theme (which the writers accepted).
It became Cliff Richard's ninety-ninth single, and his twelfth UK number one single, spending four weeks at the top in December 1988 - selling 750,000 copies in the process. It was the best-selling single of 1988 in the United Kingdom.
1989 - Band Aid II - "Do They Know It's Christmas" - A second version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was recorded under the name of Band Aid II in 1989, overseen by the most successful British production team of the late 1980s, Stock Aitken Waterman. Bob Geldof had telephoned Pete Waterman to ask him to produce a new version of the song to aid the ongoing situation in Ethiopia, and within 24 hours the recording session had been arranged at Stock Aitken Waterman's studios on London's South Bank , recorded with pop stars of the later 1980s, including several artists who had an association with Stock, Aitken & Waterman - these included Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Bananarama and Sonia (remember her?).
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