It’s that point of the 12 months! Festive hits have been popping out of the woodwork, worming their manner again onto our playlists and getting caught in our heads. Quite a lot of artists who hit the charts through the holidays by no means fairly reached these dizzying heights once more, so we thought we’d placed on our coziest hats and scarves and take a stroll by this winter ONEderland (Ch. 702) to benefit from the season. Learn on for our picks of a number of the most iconic Christmas one-hit wonders!
The Waitresses — “Christmas Wrapping” (1981)
A extra non-traditional Christmas favourite, we couldn’t hold this one off this record! Songwriter Chris Butler stated he favored “the concept of the phrase ‘wrap,’ like a wraparound,” due to how the story informed within the lyrics ties itself collectively on the finish. There’s additionally a little bit of wordplay occurring within the title, with it calling again to the 1979 Kurtis Blow music “Christmas Rappin’” in addition to being a play on wrapping presents. It’s primarily a triple pun, and we will’t wait to inform everybody at our work Christmas get together about it!
Eartha Kitt — “Santa Child” (1953)
“Santa Child” hit No. 4 on the US charts, and none of Kitt’s different songs ever got here near that place. Later coated by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Taylor Swift, Kitt’s sultry, iconic hit feels timeless and its impression is plain. Michael Bublé’s 2011 cowl included a number of lyric modifications, equivalent to calling Santa “buddy” as a substitute of “child,” and buying and selling a sable for a Rolex. Irrespective of which model you like, the monitor supplies an incredible define for what to ask for from Santa — in spite of everything, what Christmas record could be full with out asking for a platinum mine?
Jona Lewie — “Cease the Cavalry” (1980)
Lewie’s “Cease the Cavalry” has turn out to be a cornerstone of Christmastime playlists around the globe. Initially meant to be an anti-war music, the road “I want I used to be at residence for Christmas” caught the eye of Lewie’s file firm, main them so as to add tubular bells and lean in on gearing the music towards the vacation season. Enjoyable reality: The festive-sounding brass on the monitor was supplied by a Salvation Military band. Who knew such a politically-charged music would catch on and be such successful?
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Peter Auty — “Strolling within the Air” (1982)
Welsh chorister Aled Jones noticed chart success and longevity with this music from The Snowman, however he wasn’t truly the primary to sing the wintry ballad, nor was he the voice heard within the movie. As an alternative, Peter Auty was the unique angelic voice behind the soundtrack, although his identify was disregarded of the credit till the movie was remastered in 2002 for its twentieth anniversary. Neither Jones nor Auty have managed to recreate the success of the music elsewhere of their careers, although each have continued to work in music.
Band Support — “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (1984)
That includes a veritable who’s who of fashionable musicians of the period, the supergroup Band Support got here collectively to lift cash to struggle the Ethiopian famine. The one is reported to have raised over $9.5 million within the twelve months after its launch, and different supergroups equivalent to Band Support 20 and Band Support 30 had been impressed by the unique to make use of music to fundraise for different necessary causes. Regardless of the success, the unique group by no means launched one other single.
Bobby Helms — “Jingle Bell Rock” (1957)
This one’s not fairly a one-hit surprise, as Helms had two No. 1 hits with “Fraulein” and “My Particular Angel,” however all three of his largest successes charted in the identical 12 months. Perhaps we will coin a brand new time period to have a good time his profession — a one-12 months surprise, maybe? Both manner, “Jingle Bell Rock” is much and away his most enduring monitor, maybe helped by Imply Women bringing the music to a brand new era with their iconic expertise present scene. We’ll be merrily bopping alongside to all of it the way in which up till January!
Honorable Point out: Mariah Carey — “All I Need For Christmas Is You” (1994)
Okay, okay — clearly, Mariah Carey has had many hits over time, however the astronomical success of this one explicit Christmas hit means it feels price a point out nonetheless. “All I Need For Christmas Is You” has primarily eclipsed the remainder of her discography; it made Carey synonymous with Christmas due to simply how fashionable it’s, that means it’s very presumably the one and solely music that lots of people affiliate her with. Whereas we will’t technically name her a one-hit surprise, this one hit of hers actually is a surprise!
For one-hit wonders year-round, you’ll want to give ONEderland (Ch. 702) a pay attention, and tune in to our vacation channels to listen to a few of these festive one-off hits within the meantime!