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In 1967 The Beatles had their fourth and last Xmas no. 1 with “Hello, Goodbye”. The B-side to this single was “I Am The Walrus”, which I personally prefer to the A-side. “Hello, Goodbye” was released on the 24th of November, perfect timing to try to get the Christmas number 1 slot. It is at number 100 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs, but as I started at 50 in the countdown I am currently doing of this list, I have not yet blogged about it separately.

The cover of the Beatles single Hello,Goodbye which was the Christmas number 1 in 1967

The cover of the Beatles single “Hello,Goodbye” which was the Christmas number 1 in 1967

“Hello, Goodbye” spent 7 weeks at the top of the DUK singles charts.┬áHere is a video of this song. Enjoy!

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In 1965, the Beatles had the UK Xmas number 1 with their double A-sided single “Day Tripper”/”We Can Work it Out”. I am a big fan of both of these songs, particularly “We Can Work it Out”. They were released on the 3rd of December, perfect timing to try to get the coveted no. 1 Christmas slot, which they succeeded in doing. I have blogged about “Day Tripper” here, as it is at number 39 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs. “We Can Work it Out” is also in the list, but I am yet to blog about it in my countdown.

This double A-sided single was released on the 3rd of December 1965. It was number 1 for 5 weeks in total. Here is the cover of the UK release of the single.

The cover of the UK release of the double A-sided single Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out

The cover of the UK release of the double A-sided single Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out

Here is a video of “Day Tripper”. Enjoy!

Here is a video of “We Can Work it Out”. Enjoy!

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In 1964, the Beatles again had the number 1 single at Xmas in the UK. This time, it was “I Feel Fine”, which is one of my favourite Beatles songs from their early era. I have already blogged about this song here, as it is at number 42 in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs.

The list of the Christmas number ones in the UK singles chart, during the period the Beatles were releasing singles

The list of the Christmas number ones in the UK singles chart, during the period the Beatles were releasing singles

“I Feel Fine” was released in the DUK on 27th of November 1964. It was at number 1 for a total of 5 weeks. I am not sure if the image below is the cover for the UK release of this single, but I really like it so thought I would use it, rather than all the other covers which I found when searching.

The Beatles had the 1964 Xmas number 1 in the UK with "I Feel Fine"

The Beatles had the 1964 Xmas number 1 in the UK with “I Feel Fine”

Baby’s good to me, you know
She’s happy as can be, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm

Baby says she’s mine, you know
She tells me all the time, you know
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine

I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world

That her baby buys her things, you know
He buys her diamond rings, you know
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, mmm, mmm

Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!

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In the lead-up to Christmas, I thought I would do a series of blogposts about the 4 UK number ones the Beatles had at Christmas. More so than in the USA, the number 1 at Xmas is quite a big thing in the DUK, and the Beatles were keen to have that slot each year. They succeeded in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967. In 1966 they did not release a single after the August release of double A-sided “Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby”, in 1968 their last single release of the year was “Hey Jude”, which was released in August, and in 1969 their last release of the year was the double A-sided “Come Together/Something”, which was released in late October. So, it would seem that in the years where they released a single for the Christmas number 1 slot, they succeeded.

The 1963 song they had at number 1 was “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, so that is the song I will include today. “I want to Hold Your Hand” was released in the DUK on 29th of November 1963. It was at number 1 for 5 weeks in total, and in fact took over the number 1 slot from “She Loves You”.

The list of the Christmas number ones in the UK singles chart, during the period the Beatles were releasing singles

The list of the Christmas number ones in the UK singles chart, during the period the Beatles were releasing singles

This is, I believe, the cover for the UK single release, but I may be mistaken. Does anyone know?

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" was the Beatles' first Christmas number 1 in the UK.

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” was the Beatles’ first Christmas number 1 in the UK.

I will be blogging about this song again in my countdown of the 100 greatest Beatles songs as listed by Rolling Stone Magazine, so I won’t include the details of the song or its lyrics here. But, here is a video!

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I thought I would blog about five Christmas songs between now and Christmas. The first of the five Christmas songs I’ve chosen to share is “When a Child is Born”, sung by Johnny Mathis. This was a big hit for Mathis in 1976, reaching number 1 in the Disunited Kingdom, and it had the coveted number 1 spot for the Christmas of that year.



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It is not my favourite song by any stretch of the imagination, in fact I find it quite irritating. But I thought I would include it because I remember it being played for week after week on Top of the Pops when I was a child. It is still, to date, the only Johnny Mathis song I know.





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