In the 1970s, it seemed like everyone who was anyone in pop had to have their own Christmas hit. Slade, Wizzard, John Lennon, Elton John, the list goes on. This tradition carried on into the 1980s with the likes of Wham! and Shakin’ Stevens but by the 1990s things had trailed off quite drastically.
It seems like fewer acts now bother with Christmas songs, the closest modern day equivalent being the John Lewis Christmas Ad cover version.
What this means is that most of us have grown up with an established set of Christmas tunes that get dragged out every year.
We hear them on TV, on the radio and in shopping centres. They’re inextricably linked with turkey and tinsel and we know them back to front before we’re old enough to engage any critical faculties.
As we get older these same tunes wrap some of us in a warm nostalgic glow, while others are sick to death of them. Either way, we seldom stop to consider just how weird some of these tracks are. There’s a deluge of eccentricity in the pantheon of Christmas hits that goes overlooked.
Some of these songs are about as festive as Ebenezer Scrooge, before he had that breakdown and started seeing ghosts...
Chris Chopping is a writer, podcaster and stand up comedian. He’s 34 and still dreaming of a Diamond Dallas Page style later-life entry into the wrestling business. Eats too many carbs for that though. Follow him @MrChrisChopping on Twitter.