Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Episodes 1-5


So that's it! Thanks for joining me on this crazy journey of Christmas number one-ness. If you haven't had a chance to listen to each of the episodes yet - here's an easy download guide for each part. Either click each episode link to stream/listen or right-click to download.

Episode 1: 1960's (Cliff, Beatles, Elvis, Rolf etc)
Episode 2: 1970's (Slade, Wizzard, Cliff, Floyd, Queen, Lennon, Benny Hill etc)
Episode 3: 1980's (Shakey, Grandmas, Cliff, Band Aids etc)
Episode 4: 1990's (Jackson, Cliff, Spice Girls, Blobby etc)
Episode 5: 2000's (X Factor, Mad World, Builders, Rage etc - includes interview extract with Paul Gambaccini)
Merry Christmas one and all, and a happy new year. See you in 10 years for Episode 6!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Part Five: 2000's


Welcome to Part Five of the Christmas Number One Chart Battles. For the final part, we will look back at the last 10 years.

A mixed selection of contenders over the years - dominated by talent shows, with the odd festive song, novelty effort, haunting cover and Facebook campaign thrown in.

To download the MP3, right click and save HERE. Or simply click it to listen/stream.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Part Four: 1990's


Welcome to Part Four of the history of Christmas Chart Battles. For this edition we shall travel back to the 1990's.

Although there may have been a lesser amount of festive toppers, there were still some classic moments. Featuring the likes of multi-coloured blobs, girl power, a king of pop, boyband galore and more merry Cliff-mas.

To download the MP3, right click and save HERE. Or simply click it to listen/stream.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Part Three: 1980's


Welcome to Part Three of our Christmas Chart Battle journey. This time we shall travel back to the 1980's, possibly the most eclectic mix of festive number ones.

Including the likes of grandma-loving choirs, Elvis tributes, charity records, 50's singers, large Italians, one hit wonders and more - it was a crazy decade.

To download the MP3, right click and save HERE. Or simply click it to listen/stream.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Part Two: 1970's


Welcome to Part 2 and the Golden Age of the Christmas charts - the 1970's. Featuring a load of glam rock, novelty guilty pleasures, festive favourites and more.

A list of artists including Slade, Queen, Wings, Wizzard, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Boney M and ... erm ... Benny Hill were involved in the race over the decade which saw the battles lift off and become an institution.

To download the MP3, right click and save HERE. Or simply click it to listen/stream.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Part One: 1960's


Hello and welcome to part one of five special podcasts documenting the sometimes crazy Christmas number one battles over the last five decades. Each episode will focus on a different decade, looking at the various contenders each year, and discovering the intriguing winners.

Starting with the 1960's - we see the Christmas race heat up over the decade, with some familiar faces, some not so familiar and novelty creeps in.

To download the MP3, right click and save HERE. Or simply click it to listen/stream.