Welcome to the time of year where every public space suddenly transforms into a celebration of the holiday spirit. For some, this might be the best month of all—when radio stations, hotel lobbies, department stores, elevators dentist offices, veterinary clinics, police precincts, movie theaters etc. For others, it's a hell of manufactured cheer and commoditized holiday emotion. But, we can't escape any of it.
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Nay-sayers and Scrooges will say that Christmas music is the scourge of the high street and advertising from November onwards, but few can truly resist the cockle-warming powers of Wham! Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You may have dominated festive sonic fare and the charts since its release in , but her Christmas love song is one of a long line of festive musical offerings. Whether you prefer classic to country, pop to soul or simply want a song to get you feeling festive, The Telegraph have compiled the best songs throughout the decades.
New research has revealed which festive tunes have been the most listened to over the years - and which song has been given the most plays. Christmas time is upon us - which means seasonal songs can be heard on every corner, and your shopping trips will be soundtracked by the likes of Wizzard , Band Aid , Elton John , Slade , Shaky and all the usual suspects. The late George Michael and his musical partner Andrew Ridgeley released this seasonal classic in Noddy Holder's evergreen Christmas tune was originally issued in and has been around ever since. Roy Wood's sleigh-belled strewn song went head to head in the charts with Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody in Mariah recorded a whole album of Christmas songs in but this favourite only topped the US charts in December Rea's seasonal ode to travel only made No 53 on its original release in , but has remained popular ever since. Still a landmark Christmas song - the stars of came out to raise money for the Ethiopian famine relief fund.