This week, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey finally hit the top of the charts. Since 1994, the nations favourite Christmas song had only ever gone to number 2. To celebrate, we are writing about our Top 5 Christmas Number 2’s, and what song they missed out to.
5) Sacred Trust by One True Voice (2002)
We can already hear you thinking ‘who?!’. In 2002, we saw ‘Pop Stars: The Rivals’, where individuals battled it out to become the next big girl or boy band. One True Voice were formed through this, and released the sensational ‘Sacred Trust’. Unfortunately, the girl group that came from the same show, Girls Aloud, hit the top spot for Christmas week with their debut single ‘Sound Of The Underground’.
4) The Climb by Joe McElderry (2009)
At this point, the nation had got used to the Christmas number 1 of the year being an X Factor winner. When Joe McElderry stole the hearts of the nation and won in 2009, we were sure he’d be successful with the Hannah Montana cover ‘The Climb’. That was until social media did its’ thing and petitioned for none other than Rage Against The Machine to hit the top spot instead.
3) Especially For You by Kylie & Jason (1988)
Whether you were old enough to remember Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan starring in ‘Neighbours’ or not, chances are you know this song. A typical love duet that you don’t often see in present day. Kylie and Jason were beaten to number 1 by Cliff Richard, with ‘Mistletoe and Wine’.
2) YMCA by The Village People (1978)
A crowd favourite at any wedding, party or school disco. This song will really get you going and have you up and dancing before the first verse starts. In 1978, The Village People missed out on Christmas number 1 to Boney M, with ‘Mary’s Boy Child’.
1) Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (2008)
This is an interesting one, as ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley was beaten by a cover of the same song. In 2008, Alexandra Burke released this as her first single since winning the X Factor, grabbing the top spot and becoming the 4th winner to become Christmas number one. The original by Jeff Buckley, is still loved by fans today and remains incredibly popular.
To conclude, there are a lot of songs out there that we think deserve more justice. With the introduction of iTunes and Spotify, things have certainly changed over the years in terms of how to reach the charts!
So there’s our Top 5 Christmas Number 2’s. Were you as surprised as we were? Are you feeling nostalgic?
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