Chances are that if you were to turn on the radio right now, you’d be greeted by a Christmas song before long. Whether it’s Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’, or even the sausage roll-championing number one from LadBaby, there’s plenty of numbers out there that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
Some of the biggest Christmas songs are all-and-out with their festivities, which means that many of us might never even stop to think about what they’re actually about or wonder how they came to life. Thankfully, MusicNGear has done the handy-work for us and looked at the stories behind some of the biggest Christmas hits.
Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ still finds its way into the official charts each year, but did you know that the track was actually recorded in the corridor of a music studio? The exact same one that John Lennon was recording in at the same time too, in fact. The band insisted on corridor carolling as it gave them a gritty echo sound besides the polished studio aesthetic.
Mariah Carey, meanwhile, recorded the vocals for her mega-festive hit (which has earnt her a reportedly cool $60 million alone) in a studio in August. Music engineers kitted the studio booth out with Christmas decorations to help get Carey into the festive spirit as opposed to the summer heat. Let’s hope she was sipping on some festive cocktails too!
Meanwhile, the now-legendary ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ had a bit of a rocky start (see what we did there?) when it was first released. At the time, Brenda Lee wasn’t such a household name and the single could only ‘rock up’ (okay, we’ll stop now) 5,000 copies during its original release. However, fast forward a year and Lee was having a career spike thanks to the top five U.S. success of ‘Sweet Nothin’s’. The resurgence ensured that ‘RATCT’ became Lee’s most notable hit, and has sold over 25 million copies to date. Not bad, eh.
Take a look at the infographic below to learn a little more about your festive faves!