Revealed: Top 50 Most Played Christmas Tracks

PPL, the organisation responsible for licensing recorded music played in public (shops, nightclubs, pubs, offices etc.) and broadcast (TV, radio and online) across the UK, can reveal for the first time what the nation was tuning into this time last year, in the exclusive PPL Most Played Christmas Tracks chart.

The annual PPL Most Played Christmas Tracks chart reveals Brits dominate the Christmas airwaves as figures show nine out of the top ten tracks feature British acts. Featuring a raft of biggest-selling British pop acts, including One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, Band Aid 30 sweeps in to steal the Number 1 position with hit charity song Do They Know It’s Christmas?. The Pogues Christmas classic, Fairytale of New York is still in high-demand but relegated from its top spot to second place on the charts.

Based on exclusive PPL data, the PPL Most Played Christmas Tracks chart is fast becoming an annual industry tradition, adding to excitement in anticipating the season’s top Christmas hits year-on-year. 

Tom Odell’s rendition of Real Love, which comes in at number nine in the chart and featured in John Lewis’s 2014 Christmas advert, means the department store has achieved a Top 10 most played track for three consecutive years. This follows Gabrielle Aplin’s version of The Power of Love in 2012, and Lily Allen’s cover of Somewhere Only We Know in 2013, putting all eyes on this year’s chosen John Lewis track, Half The World Away by newcomer Aurora.

 The PPL Most Played Christmas Tracks chart is notoriously difficult to penetrate for newer artists given the nation’s loyalty to vintage classics such as ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard, which has featured at number six in the chart three years running. New entries from more contemporary acts include Tom Odell at number nine, Sam Smith at number 40, and The Saturdays creeping in at number 50.

 Russell Chant, PPL’s Music Reporting Manager, said: “Christmas music is as much a part of the festive period as mince pies and tinsel. The new Top 10 entries from Band Aid 30 and Tom Odell show that the sound of Christmas changes every year, even if the classics are ever present. Together, the Top 10 got enough UK airplay in 2014 that it would take over a year to listen to that number of plays consecutively - meaning that (if you wanted it to be), it really could be Christmas every day…”


PPL Most Played Christmas Tracks Chart


   

1

Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

Band Aid 30

2

Fairytale Of New York

The Pogues

3

All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey

4

Driving Home For Christmas

Chris Rea

5

Last Christmas

Wham!

6

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Wizzard

7

Merry Xmas Everybody

Slade

8

Merry Christmas Everyone

Shakin' Stevens

9

Real Love

Tom Odell

10

Wonderful Christmas Time

Paul McCartney

11

Step Into Christmas

Elton John

12

Stay Another Day

East 17

13

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band

14

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Band Aid

15

I Believe In Father Christmas

Greg Lake

16

Stop The Cavalry

Jona Lewie

17

One More Sleep

Leona Lewis

18

Christmas Wrapping

The Waitresses

19

Warm This Winter

Gabriella Cilmi

20

Thank God It’s Christmas

Queen

21

2000 Miles

The Pretenders

22

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Andy Williams

23

Sleigh Ride

The Ronettes

24

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

25

Santa Baby

Kylie Minogue

26

Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)

The Darkness

27

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee

28

Mary’s Boy Child

Harry Belafonte

29

Christmas Lights

Coldplay

30

A Winter’s Tale

David Essex

31

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Dean Martin

32

Please Come Home For Christmas

Bon Jovi

33

Lonely This Christmas

Mud

34

The Power Of Love

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

35

A Spaceman Came Travelling

Chris De Burgh

36

Underneath The Tree

Kelly Clarkson

37

The Christmas Song

Nat King Cole

38

Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet With Michael Bublé)

Idina Menzel

39

Frosty The Snowman

The Ronettes

40

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Sam Smith

41

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Michael Bublé

42

Little Saint Nick

The Beach Boys

43

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Michael Bublé

44

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Mel & Kim

45

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

The Crystals

46

Winter Wonderland

Darlene Love

47

Mistletoe and Wine

Cliff Richard

48

What Christmas Means To Me

Stevie Wonder

49

All Alone On Christmas

Darlene Love

50

Christmas Wrapping

The Saturdays