The holiday season can be magical. The music that fills the airwaves is no exception.
Some of the most recognizable Christmas songs have quite the story though.
NME put together a list of 16 weird facts about popular Christmas songs (read the full list here) and it’s absolutely fantastic.
Here’s a few items that stand out.
– ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ was recorded in the studio next door to that in which John Lennon was recording ‘Mind Games’
– White Christmas’ ended the Vietnam War in 1975 – it was used as the radio code signal for the evacuation of Vietnamese people who had assisted the US from Saigon.
– ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ was the result of John Lennon realising, after the success of ‘Imagine’ that it worked best to “put your political message across with a little honey”.
– The idea of ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed-Reindeer’ having a bright red nose was originally rejected as a red nose is a signifier of chronic alcoholism.
– The video for ‘Last Christmas’ was the last time that George Michael was filmed without a beard.