"MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE"
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
The video is cheesier than an old pair of well-worn socks that have been left overnight in a cheesemonger's shop, but "Merry Christmas Everyone" by Shakin' Stevens still remains a firm favourite at Christmas parties each year - it certainly gets me up and out of my chair, despite the creaking knees these days! The video has received 52 million views on Youtube, as I write, which is pretty impressive.
This follow-up single to Lipstick, Powder and Paint reached #1 in the UK for Christmas 1985 on December 22nd, staying their for two weeks before being knocked off the top spot by Pet Shop Boys with West End Girls.
The single was originally going to be released in 1984, but was postponed as Shaky's record company didn't want it to clash with the Band Aid single, which turned out to be a wise move - Wham! had to settle with #2 in 1984.
The Welsh rock & roll singer achieved success with three more #1 singles in the 80s with This Ole House (1981), Green Door (1981) and Oh Julie (1982). Overall, Shaky achieved 35 Top 40 hits, 28 of these in the eighties.
Merry Christmas Everyone also charted in the Top 40 again during 2007, thanks to downloads being included in the charts. The song has entered the Top 100 every December since 2007, including 2017 when it was back in the Top 20, earning Shaky enough royalties to keep him well stocked up on mince pies, at least!