Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens – 1985
This is certainly one of those Christmas songs that has been there with me every December for as far back as I can remember. It reminds me of my childhood, and say what you like about the guy, but Merry Christmas Everyone is a pretty decent festive number. Happy, uptempo, catchy chorus – what more do you want from a Christmas song?
Shaky is British (Welsh, actually) so I don’t know if Merry Christmas Everyone had any popularity in other parts of the world, but it’s a mainstay on these shores, and as with all the classics – it will be here as long as there are trees and tinsel. Shaky was a bit of a heartthrob back in the eighties so I’m sure this – like his entire career – was very popular with the ladies.
It’s probably a bit of a shame for Shaky that his most popular song is a seasonal track, but those are the breaks. I guess it keeps him somewhat relevant (for one month every calendar) at least twenty years after he was bothering the charts with new material.