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Join Damson Audio as we explore the numbers and history behind everybody's favourite Christmas songs

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Everybody has a favourite Christmas song.
Which of these fine faces sings yours?
We went on the hunt for the perfect conversation fuel for the lull during Christmas dinner, in the form of Christmas song facts.

So when dinner's done, the cracker jokes are exhausted, Gran's fallen asleep, and you're too full to move - you can thank us.

First of all we have a graph showing the performance of our 20 fave songs over the past 10 years.

It's striking to see how some songs quickly eclipse the others.

Mariah Carey soars above Albert King with 2.5 million plays to his 16 thousand for example, despite the fact that her crooney Christmas ballad has nothing on Albert's bluesy contribution.

Our 20 favourite Christmas songs
If playing with data isn't your bag, how about some bite-sized Christmas song facts to impress your friends and family?

We've got plenty of those below.

Cold, hard, Christmassy facts
Bing Crosby's White Christmas is the highest selling single of all time, with estimates of over 50 million sales.

That's seriously impressive! (Tweet this)

Let it Snow! by Dean Martin doesn't mention Christmas once, despite being one of the most famous Christmas songs! (Tweet this)
Jona Lewie's Stop the Cavalry wasn't meant to be a Christmas song either: it's only because it mentions Christmas and has vaguely festive sounding trumpets that the association happened. (Tweet this)

(It's supposed to be about the futility of war..!)

The chap who co-wrote All I Want for Christmas is You with Mariah Carey also wrote Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On, probably making him one of the most controversial figures in history. (Tweet this)
Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.

Incidentally, the same age Michael Jackson was when the Jackson 5's Christmas album came out! (Tweet this)

Fairytale of New York was written after Elvis Costello bet Shane MacGowan that he couldn't write a Christmas song that "wasn't slushy".

Never has a bet been more spectacularly lost. (Tweet this)

Three of the former Beatles have written Christmas songs, but only one has written a New Year's Eve song.

George Harrison's Ding Dong, Ding Dong is a wonderfully catchy tribute to everyone's favourite count-down. (Tweet this)

Glam-rock legends Slade fought glam-rock legends Wizzard for the 1973 Christmas #1 spot in one of the most exciting musical face-offs of all time.

Slade won. (Tweet this)

Albert King is one of the few guitarists bad-ass enough to smoke a pipe while playing:

Now you've hoovered up those facts like the last two roast potatoes, it's time for a slice of data-flavoured pie.

This chart shows the percentage share of plays per track in our top 20. See Mariah dominating with a whopping 17 percent.

Slicing up the Christmas pie
This all got you feeling a bit festive?

We've made a Spotify playlist and a Youtube playlist
of all these Christmas bangers

Just for your enjoyment ;-)

Why not listen to it on one of our portable bluetooth speakers
or through our bone conduction HeadBones.

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