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Leona and Lily arrive in PPL’s top Christmas songs list

By | Published on Friday 5 December 2014

Leona Lewis

So, it’s Christmas everybody. I mean, it’s not Christmas Day, don’t worry, you didn’t accidentally sleep through advent. For starters there wouldn’t be a CMU Daily if it was Christmas Day, would there? Come on, think about this logically. When has there ever been a CMU Daily on Christmas Day? Never, that’s when.

Not that we wouldn’t like to provide you with a CMU Daily on Christmas Day. Indeed nothing would give us more pleasure than getting up at the crack of Christmas dawn to pen a music business-based missive. It’s just nothing of note in music ever happened on Christmas Day. Never. I mean, there’s the ‘Top Of The Pop’s Christmas Special’. So like I say, nothing of note in music ever happened on Christmas Day.

So you’ll just have to entertain yourself the good old fashioned Yuletide way, by flicking between the music channels on Sky (we’ll have none of this Vevo nonsense during the festive period thank you very much) to see what laboured formats they’ve devised this year as they play back-to-back Christmas songs: ‘4Music’s Festive Adventure’; ‘Magic TV presents Olly Murs’ Top 40 Festive Tunes’; ‘The Box Couldn’t Be Bothered This Year, But Here’s Some Fucking Christmas Songs’.

But what Christmas songs will you all be enjoying? Well, the record industry’s collecting society PPL has done some maths and worked out what were the most played Christmas songs on broadcast channels during last year’s festivities as an indication of what will be played this year.

New additions to the list, compared to PPL’s last most-played festive tunes poll, include Leona Lewis’s 2013 seasonal tune ‘One More Sleep’ and Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, which has done particularly well to appear in a list of Christmas songs given it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas. I mean, it’s barely a song. So, well done Lily. You can have the fifth chocolate from CMU HQ’s One Direction advent calendar. It’ll probably be another bloody teddy bear.

Anyway, here’s PPL’s list of most played Christmas songs…

1. The Pogues (feat Kirsty MacColl) – Fairytale Of New York
2. Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know
3. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. Wham! – Last Christmas
5. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
6. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
7. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
8. Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
9. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
10. Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone