The best Christmas songs that never made it to no.1

All the songs on this list are classic Christmas songs that we can't believe never made it to UK Christmas number one. We think you'll be surprised by more than a few of the songs on here!


I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard (1973)
This classic song only every made it to Christmas no.4 – shocking we know! With everyone in the UK knowing almost every lyric to this song we thought it would have been a no.1 but unfortunately 1973 was the year that  Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" stole the no.1 slot. It was re-released a few more times by the band but never made it past it's original no.4 position in the charts.

Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) – The Darkness (2003)
This cheeky little number went up against Gary Jules and Michael Andrews with a cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" in 2003 and unfortunately only made it to no.2. Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) was apparently at no.1 all week but lost out on Saturday sales and missed out on the final no1. Christmas Chart spot. However, the song sold 385,000 copies and the lead singer of the hard rock band was very pleased to get a song with such cheeky lyrics at the top of the Christmas chart.

Rockin' around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (1958)
Lee was only 13 when she recorded this song in 1958 but the song didn't really sell well until she become popular in the 1960s. Although Rockin' around the Christmas Tree entered the charts a few times over the years it peaked at no.6 in the UK Christmas Charts in 1963 but for decades this track was the only notable version of the song and has received a staggering amount of airtime on the radio.

Last Christmas – Wham! (1984)
This is one of the most popular Christmas songs of the festive season but in 1984 it went up against Band Aid's 'Do they know it's Christmas' and only got the no.2 spot. It went into the charts again in 1985 but was pushed to the no.6 spot with Whitney Houston's 'Saving all my love for you' stealing the no.1 Christmas spot that year.

Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie and Bing Crosby (1982)
This song originally appeared on the television special 'Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas' in 1977 but wasn't released as an official single until 1982. Although the single was one of David Bowie's fastest selling singles it only reached the no.3 position in the 1982 Christmas UK Charts but has since become a firm Christmas favourite.

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses (1982)
With the opening line of 'Bah Humbug; now that's too strong!' this song has become a Christmas classic for those with a slightly sceptical view of Christmas. It never got very high up the Christmas charts, despite becoming a firm festive favourite, and reached its peak at no. 45.

Fairytale in New York – The Pogues (1987)
While this song has appeared in the UK Top 20 on thirteen separate occasions since its release in 1977, it never reached the coveted Christmas Charts no.1 spot. The highest it reached on the UK Charts was no.2 in 1987 when it was kept off the top spot by the Pet Shop Boy's cover version of 'Always on my Mind.'

All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey (1994)
Although Thomas Connor from the Chicago Sun-Times called the song "a simple, well-crafted chestnut and one of the last great additions to the Christmas pop canon" this song never made it to Christmas no.1. In 1994 it reached no.2 but was kept off the top spot by East 17's 'Stay another day'!

So there we are, some Christmas classics that never reached the coveted UK Christmas Chart no.1 spot – we couldn't believe some of them either, but there you go. It shows that you don't have to be number one to become a classic Christmas song!