Usually on Sundays we post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. However with tomorrow being Christmas Day we thought we should have a Christmas Special and select our all-time favourite Christmas Song. That was the idea, however this proved more difficult than we originally thought mainly because there are just so many great Christmas Songs out there. However we decided to persevere and see if we could pick just one song to be our favourite…
Some of you with a very long memory may remember one year we chose The Progues’ Fairytale of New York as our favourite Christmas song and indeed for many years it was. However, that song has been done to death at Christmas and kind of outlived its usefulness. We have also previously chosen Gary Jules’ cover of Mad World. We still love that song here at Jammy Toast but there is just something inherently wrong at this time of year to featuring a song which is basically about death and dying.
This year they have also made one of those clever camera trickery things where Elvis Presley sings Blue Christmas with Martina McBride. Everything on the video looks so real until you count on your fingers and realise that Martina was only about ten years old when Elvis died. Brilliant video though go and watch it.
Jona Lewie’s Stop The Cavalry, Wham’s Last Christmas, John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over), Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, Coldplay’s Christmas Lights, Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song, Greg Lake’s I Believe In Father Christmas, Mike Oldfield’s In Dulci Jubilo, Sky’s Toccata, Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, George Michael’s Jesus To A Child, Aled Jones’ The Snowman (Walking In The Air), Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas, and many, many more…
We finally decided on a song which was released in 1984 by a new band whose first two singles had gone to #1 in the UK – this song followed them to #1. Despite it being regarded as a Christmas song, it has absolutely no reference to Christmas within the lyrics. However, the accompanying video features the Nativity, and the single cover was The Assumptions of the Virgin by the Italian Renaissance artist Titian. The single spent just one week at Number One in the UK, outsold by the Band Aid charity single. Since then, reissues and/or remixes of the song have been top 10 UK hits on two other occasions, hitting #10 in 1993 and #6 in 2000.
The song has also charted in the UK sung by Holly Johnson and a cover version by Gabrielle Aplin. Aplin’s recording of the song also went to #1 in the UK, exactly 28 years after the original single topped the charts.
Holly Johnson, who co-wrote the song, later reminisced: “I always felt like [it] was the record that would save me in this life. There is a biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end.”
Have you worked it out yet?
One more clue… “I’ll protect you from the hooded claw, keep the vampires from your door.”
Don’t forget, if you have any music videos you would like us to feature in the future, drop us a line. We are always happy to listen to requests from others, we cannot promise to feature any but we will try our best to find the videos if we think others will enjoy.