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Digital Age Reveals Number One Christmas Carol


Digital Age Reveals Number One Carol | Christmas Hits Of The Noughties Announced

O Holy Night, composed in the 19th century by Adolphe Adam and Placide Cappeau, is revealed as the best-selling carol of all time, the Official Charts Company announces today, as it publishes its first ever Official Carols Chart.  

“Carols are not generally released as singles” explained Martin Talbot, Official Charts Company MD,  “It has only been with the advent of the download that consumers have been able to cherry pick tracks from digital albums and reveal their favourites.

“The fact that O Holy Night has beaten more familiar carols such as Silent Night and Away In A Manger is something of a surprise, although its success is driven by the fact that popular mainstream singers such as Celine Dion, Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins have recorded new versions over recent years.”
The full chart, which combines all recordings of the individual carols, is as follows:

The Official Carols Chart (Digital Downloads Only)

1. Oh Holy Night   
2. Stille Nacht/Silent Night 
3. Once In Royal David’s City 
4. Away In A Manger  
5. In The Bleak Midwinter 
6. Ding Dong Merrily On High 
7. The First Nowell
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. The Holly And The Ivy
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
12. O Come All Ye Faithful
13. I Saw Three Ships
14. Coventry Carol
15. Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)
16. While Shepherds Watched
17. Do You Hear What I Hear
18. Nativity Carol
19. Gabriel’s Message
20. Good King Wenceslas
The Official Top 20 Christmas Singles Of The Noughties is also published today, listing the best-selling Christmas-themed singles of the decade.  The two best-selling titles were both released within the decade.  But again, the oldies make their mark.  No less than seven of the Top 20 tracks (highlighted below) were first released over twenty years ago.

The Official Top 20 Christmas Singles Of The Noughties (digital and physical formats):

Pos.      Title                                             Artist                           Year of first release
1. Do They Know It’s Christmas                   Band Aid 20                 2004
2. Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) Darkness                     2003
3. Fairytale Of New York Feat. Kirsty Maccoll  The Pogues                  1987
4. All I Want For Christmas Is You               Mariah Carey                1994
5. Proper Crimbo                                       Bo Selecta                    2003
6. What Hurts The Most/Last Christmas        Cascada                      2007
7. Last Christmas                                      Wham!                        1984
8. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)                     Idols                           2003
9. I Believe In Christmas                           Tweenies                      2001
10. Puppy Love/Sleigh Ride                       S Club Juniors               2002
11. Snow (Hey Oh)                                   Red Hot Chili                 2006
12. Once Upon A Christmas Song               Geraldine                      2008
13. Merry Christmas Everybody                  Slade                            1973
14. The Power Of Love                             Frankie Goes                  1984
                                                            To Hollywood
15. Merry Christmas Everyone         Shakin’  Stevens                      1985                                                
16. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Wizard                           1973
17. Santa’s List                                       Cliff Richard                    2003
18. Do They Know It’s Christmas               Band Aid                         1984
19. Bing Bang (Time To Dance)                Lazy Town                        2006
20. Jingle Bells/U Can’t Touch This            Crazy Frog                       2005

Notes to Editors: 

1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company

2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).

3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.

For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264
E: amy@theofficialcharts.com

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