Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Christmas Classics Revisited: How Wizzard & Slade Compare

#1,557: Another Christmas has come and gone and with it the regular festive popularity both of Wizzard's "I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Xmas Everyone". Whilst it's well documented that Slade deservedly topped the Christmas 1973 chart and Wizzard had to be content with #4 following the late release of IWICBCED due to a contractual dispute between the outgoing Harvest (#HAR5079) and incoming Warner Bros. (#K16336) labels, many folks aren't aware that both songs remained in the UK Singles Top 10 well into January 1974 with Roy Wood's solo single "Forever" (#HAR5078) also crashing the proverbial party in peaking at #8 in the same month.
Back in 2017 elobeatlesforever (elobf) published this article wherein we looked at the relative chart positions of Slade and Wizzard since 1973. Yours Truly KJS noted - following the inclusion of streams and digital sales in the chart from 2007 onward - that Wizzard charted higher than Slade on 10 out of 11 occasions. The trend has continued since with Wizzard peaking at #12 and Slade at #18 most recently in 2020 meaning that "I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day" has finished above and "Merry Xmas Everyone" for the last eleven years. It's also noteworthy that in the above elobf tabulation, the roles were largely reversed before the digital era.
"It's a bit like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, you either prefer one or the other! Woody or Noddy. If nothing else, both songs continue to shine a light on what is still considered by many to be the most memorable and enduring of Christmas charts tussles ... ever!" (KJS/elobf)

Related KJS/ELOBF articles

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