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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard
Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade