The 70’s was arguably the golden era for Christmas music. With so many iconic songs being released through the decade, we thought we would dedicate a whole page to the Christmas music of the 1970’s.
Probably the most iconic song we will talk about is John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over). The song was released in 1972 and remains as one of the most popular songs to be played over Christmas. Loads of different versions have been recorded and released for charity over the years but in our opinion the original is still the best.
Christmas of 1973 was a popular year for releasing songs that would go on to be even more popular 40 years later.
For example, Slades “Merry Christmas Everybody“ was released during that year. Slade were actually one of the biggest bands of the 70’s and due to the popularity of the band hit the number 1 spot.
Also released in 1973 was Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas.” This one is a firm favourite with UTCT’s Katy who regularly has this added to the office playlist… yes, even in August! The feel good track was robbed and only reached number 24 in the UK’s charts – nobody tell Katy please, there will be no living with her.
Finally for 1973 was Wizzards “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” which was beaten to the number 1 spot by Slade as we mentioned earlier. The song peaked at #4 in the charts but will always be a number 1 hit to us! This song is the hit of the UTCT office Christmas party every year!
Moving on from 1973 and sliding into 1974 was Mud‘s “Lonely This Christmas” which hit the top spot during the festive period. For some reason, despite the fact that this song is supposed to be sad, we can’t help but feel fuzzy and warm whenever we hear it.
Other Christmas hits during 1974 include songs from Showaddy Waddy and the Wombles.
One of our all time favourites is Boney M’s “Mary’s Boy Child” – fun fact! did you know the guy who sings in the song is not the man in the video? – Anyways back to the point! The hit song peaked at #1 and remains a firm favourite to this day. Another one in Katy’s playlist…
Last but by no means least is “Wonderful Christmas Time“ by Paul McCartney – rumour has it that McCartney regretted doing the song, but despite that, the song hit #6 in the 1979 charts and still continues to be a Christmas favourite.
Wow! what a decade the 70’s was for music!
What songs can you remember from the 70’s? are any of the songs mentioned above on your festive favourites? Tell us your favourite Christmas song in the comments section below or feel free to tweet us @underxmastree – we would love to hear from you!.