Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

December 21, 2018
1 hr 13 min
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Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

December 21, 2018
1 hr 13 min
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CATEGORY: Arts
In the UK, the No. 1 song the week of Christmas is a big deal. The media breathlessly covers the contest, and there are even wagers placed on what song will reach the top of the charts as pop stars and record labels jockey for position. While there are patterns to the kinds of songs that tend to do well in this perennial sweepstakes, often the winner is a fluke: Everything from Queen to the Flying Pickets to Bob the Builder has taken the crown. It was even parodied in the smash British Christmas comedy film Love, Actually—and one year in the late aughts, the British public rebelled en masse against a music-TV impresario, making a statement with the unlikeliest Christmas topper ever. But in an age when songs sell less than they stream, and hits tend to snowball, will the sun set on the fluky British Christmas No. 1 empire? Email: hitparade@slate.com This episode is brought to you by Sunbasket, learn more at sunbasket.com/parade and get $35 off your first order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices