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    There have been plenty of Christmas number ones that aren't really Christmassy / don't mention Christmas. Perhaps the best one I can think of is:

    The Human League - Don't You Want Me (it includes the line "You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar").

    It was the Christmas number one in 1981, I remember it being on the Christmas Day 1981 Top of the Pops.
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    Yep, I was born December 25th 1965 and I believe The Beatles were no1 at the time with 'Daytripper'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Attraction View Post
    The Human League - Don't You Want Me (it includes the line "You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar").
    Around that period (xmas 1981) were a few tracks that still remind me of that time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmezIIrFQmY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sP_I2_E0C0
    Oooh that dress!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJJuYpx0w2Q
    This shoulda got to #1

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    Im not sure why but in my mind I always thought that the number 1 at Xmas when I was a kid was Christmassy song but having looked at them I found that these were all Xmas number 1's

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9r1cFJZW7E (1980)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0gryfllhhI (1982)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h37KQu64RY4 (1993)


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    The Power Of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood - has a nativity themed video but isn't about Chrimbo so far as I know. Love it - one of only 5 " Christmas" songs I actually like (the other 4 being Last Christmas by Wham, Fairytale Of New York by Pogues & McColl, Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid and I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake)

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    My favourite has to be Driving home for christmas-Chris Rea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Maxi View Post
    I suppose The Flying Pickets version of 'Only You' falls into this category. I remember watching them perform it dressed as snowmen on TOTP, but it has nothing to do with Christmas.
    Was anybody else fascinated/creeped out in equal measure by the Flying Pickets? Perhaps it was my age...I was 7 when they had their Christmas no 1 with Only You. I really liked the song and for some reason took a shine to the lead singer with his Teddy Boy look (What was my 7 year old self thinking?!) then there was the weird baldy one and the others in the funny hats and shades. For some reason they had me perplexed. I still really like the song.
    Last edited by Trickyvee; 25-07-2013 at 19:58.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonEyeX View Post
    "Stay Another Day" by East17 was a huge Christmas hit, but it had nothing to do with Christmas.
    They just filmed the video in big fluffy white coats, and tacked some sleighbells on the end.
    Errrrgh, horrible memories of that.
    Stay Another Day was truly brilliant when East 17 sang it in 1994 as a non Xmas-y song I think

    Though of course it being brought out when Brit-Pop had probably got to it's highest Peak also helped massively I think too

    2000 Miles by Chrissy Hythe and The pretenders was a great song too that I guess could be argued was not too Xmas-y but Xmas-y in another way ... but not too Xmas-y too though

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    The Pet Shop Boys cover of "Always On My Mind", released 1987. I don't actually mind this version of the song, but it has nothing to do with Christmas (as far as I can see). It also denied arguably the greatest Christmas song ever the honour of being the Christmas number one (in the U.K.) - "Fairytale Of New York" (The Pogues & the late Kirsty MacColl).

    (Nearly that time of year again!)
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    The Red Dwarf Theme always makes me think of Xmas.

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