Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Noughties Christmas Number Ones: Part Nine 2008

We only have two more years to cover of the noughties Christmas top selling singles. But 2008 saw the start of a campaign of anti-X-Factor domination.

In 2008 the Christmas Number One did go the the X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke with her Version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

However, Jeff Buckley's version was just behind it at number 2 (the first time any song had achieved this on the same week for 51 years) and Cohen's original was at 36.

Of course Hallelujah if not Leonard Cohen's song is a very traditional Christmas sentiment. Here is one of my favourite versions of Handel's original Hallelujah Chorus, from the Soulful Celebration album version.

While we're on the subject of choruses one of my favourite things about Christmas as a kid was sitting there reading the Albums, for me that was The Beano and Rupert the Bear. Therefore when Paul McCartney re-released this for the Christmas charts of 1984 and 1985 it brought back many memories. It is one of only three songs from Christmas 1984 to chart three times the others* have already been featured on this look back over the noughties.

* Band Aid Do They Now It's Christmas...? and Wham! Last Christmas

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