How To Make A Hit Christmas Song

We've heard from Kim Wilde on Christmas songs, but we thought we’d weigh in on the conversation and give your our top tips for making your own hit Christmas song…

Get the kids involved

Christmas is a time for child-like innocence, so you’d do well to exploit this and get some angelic children to sing on the track. You can either use one child or go all the way and get a whole choir, preferably from a local school.

Examples:

Walking in the Air, Aled Jones

There’s No-one Quite Like Grandma, The St Winifred’s School Choir

 

Win a popular TV singing contest

The traditional race to Christmas number one has been somewhat ruined ever since X-Factor came along. The winners of the show have dominated the Christmas number one slot for a while now, so if you want to pretty much guarantee a hit song then all you have to do is endure months of being on the show. There’s a good chance you’ll disappear into obscurity afterwards, however.

Examples:

Something I Need, Ben Haenow

Skyscraper, Sam Bailey

 

Rebel against the norm

Or another way of putting it is to ‘rage against the machine’. If you’re tired of the usual Christmas fare then you could try and buck the trend and make something completely devoid of festive cheer. This is a tricky one, but can pay off if done right.

Examples:

Killing in the Name, Rage Against the Machine

Mad World, Gary Jules

 

Do it for charity

Show you’re a good, caring person by donating at least some of the profits of your single to charity. This will hopefully encourage people to buy it and propel your single to the top of the charts, whilst also helping other people in the process.

Examples:

Do They Know It’s Christmas, Band Aid

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, The Justice Collective

 

Have it feature in a Christmas film

Christmas films are just as important as Christmas songs, so if you're able to marry the two up then you could be onto a winner. There are a lot of bad Christmas films, however, so be careful about which film you attach your song to. Granted, most songs feature in Christmas films because they're already hits, but it can't hurt.

Examples:

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee (featured in Home Alone)

White Christmas, Bing Crosby (featured in Holiday Inn)

 

Make a Novelty Song

If you can’t make something thoughtful and heartfelt then just make something novelty and annoying instead. Take a ‘popular’ TV character and make a song about them. If they already have a theme song then that’s even better. Just be prepared for a barrage of abuse for years.

Examples:

Can We Fix It?, Bob The Builder

Mr Blobby, Mr Blobby

 

Actually Make it Christmassy

If you really want to nail yourself a top Christmas hit, then make it as Christmassy as possible. Dress up in festive garb, make it full of sleigh bells, cover everything in fake snow, and, of course, mention Christmas in the title. 

Examples:

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard

Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade

 

If you have any tips for creating a surefire Christmas classic then let us know! Or tweet us @XmasTreeWorldUK.

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One thought on “How To Make A Hit Christmas Song”

  • Michael J Field

    My favourite christmas song has to be Do They Know it's Christmas, but who can forget Michael Jacksons 'Earth Song'. What a tune.

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