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Christmas Hits: 50 Festive Favourites

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bmg TV
  • ASIN: B00005U1YF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (Original Version)
2. Wham! - Last Christmas
3. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
4. The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York
5. The Pretenders - 2000 Miles
6. Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
7. Elton John - Step Into Christmas
8. Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
9. Boney M - Mary's Boy Child
10. Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born (Album Version)
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Disc: 2
1. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
2. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
3. Frank Sinatra with the B Swanson Quartet - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4. Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow
5. David Essex - A Winter's Tale
6. Doris Day - I'll Be Home For Christmas
7. The Pretenders - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
8. Gladys Knight - Do You Hear What I Hear
9. Atlantic Starr - Silver Bells
10. Lutricia McNeal - When A Child Is Born
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The first disc of Christmas Hits is dominated by songs from the 70s and early 80s--the golden era of the mobile DJ and Christmas number ones, when people sang about "Father Christmas" or "snow" and couples tenderly proclaimed their love by calling each other "scumbag" or "maggot". And there are plenty of pop songs here that although not ostensibly about Christmas, are certainly in the spirit of things. Just listen to "The Power of Love" (Frankie Goes To Hollywood's poignant last single) or E17's "Stay Another Day" and try not to weep openly through Robson & Gerome's "I Believe", no really, try.

Disc two is more laid back, with classics from Bing Crosby, Elvis and Tony Bennett mingled with some soulful covers of traditional songs like "Silent Night" and modern classics such as "Last Christmas" and "Walking in the Air". Unfortunately, both of the latter are tortured by Human Nature and Declan Galbraith respectively, and its here that the compilation starts to fall apart. Some of the covers are interesting, but often they highlight just how much better the originals were. There have been plenty of great versions of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", not to mention the original so why do we get Michael Bolton? The inclusion of Eva Cassidy's "Over the Rainbow" is also a little confusing. It's poignant sure, but since when has it been associated with Christmas? Still, there's plenty here to keep you amused until its time to put the baubles and tinsel back in the loft. --Jenny Winwood


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas at its best 11 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this album and thought it was the best christmas album I have ever bought. The songs are all so christmassy and really put you in the christmas mood. It is a great collection of varied artists, so it suits everyone's style of music. Favourites of mine are the beautiful "silver bells", the pretender's version of "merry little christmas" which is delightful, and mariah carey's belting powerful version of "o holy night" that sounds like she has desended from heaven. Buy it and feel 100% christmassy.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Compilation, but... 4 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This might sound like nit-picking, but before buying this CD you should be warned that most of the tracks are cut short and fade out long before the song is supposed to end. I guess this is the way they managed to fit so many tracks onto 2 CDs, but I found it quite annoying. Otherwise it's a pretty good compilation, better in my opinion than the "Best Christmas Album Ever".
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best Christmas album in the world! 22 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This Christmas album has everything you could want from the classic songs like White Christmas by Bing Crosby to Westlife's 1999 Christmas no.1 I Have A Dream. As it says on the back of the album, this has definately got 50 festive favourites on it. My favourite being Eartha Kitt's Santa Baby.
I bought this album when it first came out as I didn't have any Christmas albums with popular hits on it and I love it. Definately an album to be played every Christmas!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection 2 Nov 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Over the last few years, the double-CD various artists compilation has become a tradition in Britain, especially with Christmas albums. There have been many such compilations, often repeating the same songs. This is a good one, including plenty of classics but also a few less obvious selections.
Many classic UK hits are here (and one or two non-hits that should have been), including Merry Christmas everybody (Slade), Do they know its Christmas (Band aid), Fairytale of New York (Pogues and Kirsty MacColl), I believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake), 2000 miles (Pretenders), Driving home for Christmas (Chris Rea), Step into Christmas (Elton John), Merry Christmas everyone (Shaking Stevens), Stop the cavalry (Jona Lewie), The power of love (Frankie goes to Hollywood), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Mary's boy child (Boney M), When a child is born (Johnny Mathis), Millennium prayer (Cliff Richard), Last Christmas (Wham), A winter's tale (David Essex) and Santa baby (Eartha Kitt).
Many other pop and rock singers of the eighties and nineties are also represented. There are excellent original Christmas songs by Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and Gloria Estefan, while there are fine covers of classic songs by several others. There are also a few golden oldies such as Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.
If I have a criticism, it is that four songs appear twice - different versions of Last Christmas, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Blue Christmas and When a child is born appear on each CD. Given the wide choice of different songs available to the compilers, such duplication could easily have been avoided. Nevertheless, this is a very strong compilation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a hotch potch 26 Nov 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Selected no doubt with a pin this collection tells you that people get the Christmas album they deserve.It falls into line with today's messed up culture and any collection which contains that hideous Pogues abearration fails at the starting gate in my book.
Some of these songs have no more to do with Christmas than the fact that the singles were issued late in the year eg The Power of Love.
The Wham song must be about the most boring seasonal song of all yet here it comes in 2 versions.
It gets one star as I couldn't give it any less
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Magic 7 Jan 2012
By Kezimac
Format:Audio CD
I have had this cd in my collection for years, but, unfortunately my kids have played it and it is now worse for wear so have been looking for a replacement. As soon as I found it I ordered a copy and have had much pleasure this Christmas in listening to it again. I would say it is one of the best Christmas compilations ever released and having now got a perfect copy hope to have many more Christmas's of great music!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUM EVER!!!! 27 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first listened to this CD a few years ago at my daughter's house as we opened our Christmas presents on Christmas day...it was so beautiful and each song was so lovely and I enjoyed every song on this CD...I have since bought the album for friends and family as a Christmas Present as it has such a beautiful songs and I love to play them at that special time of year ....would recommend that you buy this as it is my one special CD that comes out to be played every year....I was definitely not disappointed with this item at all...
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4.0 out of 5 stars love this album 27 Mar 2014
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i have had 4 copies of this album its just a classic and does get over played a lot but only once a year
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
superb
Published 27 days ago by TJHarris
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas hits 50 festive favourites
I brought this cd as it has a good variety of songs, and easy to listen to. enjoyable and good value for money.
Published 6 months ago by tracey
3.0 out of 5 stars Bah humbug!
This album delivers on certain levels, however I was disappointed by the fading of songs before the end. A huge chunk of Wham's Last Christmas has been cut out by the early fade. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Looby-Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas hits
Its a great cd with all of the old favourite on it well worth buying and would recommend it to everyone
Published 8 months ago by k8
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Hits
I bought this Cd to accompany other's that I have to give myself and my family a variety of Christmas hits and I look forward to listening
Published 9 months ago by clairelouiseg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection
Yet to hear but selection looks varied for a variety of background numbers to set the mood for good Christmas
Published 9 months ago by Vincent Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas is coming
bought this album ready for the Christmas season feel good songs , good value for the money, merry Christmas everyone
Published 10 months ago by elizabeth sherwoodsheddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this.
This is a very good CD. I first heard this a work and I really liked it, so I decided to buy it and am glad.
Published 17 months ago by D. Scille
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas
Won't be playing this until Christmas time, but at least I have some Christmas songs to play when having a party
Published 18 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST XMAS ALBUM EVER
HAD THIS CD WHEN IT 1ST CAME OUT YEARS AGO & SOME1 BORROWED IT & NEVER RETURNED IT & ITS THE 1ST TIME IV SEEN IT SINCE, SO JUST HAD TO HAVE IT
Published 19 months ago by BITCH21
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