Monday, 30 November 2009

26...25...24 Days to Christmas!

Unfortunately, due to other events over the weekend, I missed two days on the Countdown, so today, it's time to catch up as it's the last day of November, and so to celebrate that - I've included three top Christmas tunes on today's Countdown to Christmas!

Firstly, an absolute belter - well to be fair they all are, but let's start with this one....

A song that actually was written to protest at the commercialism of Christmas, yet this proved to be one of the biggest tunes to appear on Christmas CD's and albums since it's release in 1975, and became a Christmas Number 2.

Greg Lake was one of the trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and the video came under fire as it contains scenes from the Vietnam war, not what you'd associate with a festive tune!

Anyway here it is:

The second tune for today is one of my own personal favourites, as it always gets me in the mood for Christmas, one of those bouncy songs that keeps you coming back for more!

It's Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime, and it's the 30th anniversary of the song this year, it actually only made Number 6 in the UK Charts, but is still one of the most played Christmas songs around.

Here it is then:

Finally for Day 24, we have what most consider to be the best Christmas song ever, and completes the countdown of the 50 Best Christmas songs.

It was McCartney's fellow Beatle who released this one, the late John Lennon, along with his wife Yoko Ono, in one of the most powerful songs for this time of year.

It was actually written in 1971, and was actually a protest song at the Vietnam War, and contained the Harlem Community Choir's vocals.

"War is Over" adverts found their way around the world thanks to John & Yoko, who rented billboards in eleven cities across the world, which included New York, Tokyo, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Toronto.
So, it was actually released in the US in 1971, but was delayed until 1972 in the UK thanks to a publishing dispute, after it was released, it made No.4, but was then re-released in December 1980, and made it to the top of the charts for 3 weeks.

So then, here is the classic, Happ Xmas (War is Over) from John & Yoko:

Enjoy all the tunes as November comes to a close!

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