Chalking up a Christmas chart-topper is a significant career milestone for many of the world’s best musicians, but claiming that festive peak is a precarious business. Indeed, great songs which often seem like dead certs don’t get to plant their flag atop the chart for any number of reasons. Here we salute the greatest near-misses with the ten most surprising Christmas songs that never made No.1.
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10: Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime (1979)
Macca’s jolly festive vignette is so synonymous with Christmas that we tend to assume it took its place in the long lineage of UK Christmas No.1s. In reality, Wonderful Christmastime only peaked at No.6 in a year when perhaps the least likely Christmas No.1 of them all, Pink Floyd’s brooding Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2), bagged the top spot. Lest we forget, the legendary ex-Beatle had already covered himself in Yuletide glory with Mull Of Kintyre: the best-selling paean to his Scottish retreat which not only went to No.1 in 1977, but also became the first single to sell two million copies in the UK.