It’s no surprise that a Christmas song – Bing Crosby’s White Christmas – is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling single ever. There’s a universality to Christmas music that even transcends religion. Just ask Bob Dylan, who was raised Jewish but loved Yuletide tunes enough to record an album of them in 2009.
It's Christmas time There's no need to be afraid At Christmas time We let in light and we banish shade. And in our world of plenty We can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world At Christmas time. But say a prayer Pray for the other one Oh, at Christmas time it's hard But when you're having fun. (There's a) world outside your window And it's a world of dread and fear. Where the only water flowing Is the bitter sting of tears
Now – The Christmas Album is a compilation album released in 1985. The album is part of the Now! series in the United Kingdom, and collects popular Christmas songs of the last few decades. It reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart for two weeks, in between two runs of Now That's What I Call Music 6. The album has since been superseded by subsequent two-disc and later three-disc releases in the 2000s. Band Aid : "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – 3:41.
Below, Michaelson tells Billboard about putting together the album, how she's breathing new life into her covers and when she thinks it's acceptable to play Christmas music. You're sharing the first taste of this new album. What are you most excited about? I’m just so anxious just to start the whole thing off.
Lyrics begin: "It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid, at Christmas time we let in light and we banish shade. Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid, Piano/Vocal/Guitar. Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid, Piano/Vocal/Guitar
It’s just a song that uses Christmas in the hook and was popular when it was released. So Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas gets played every year starting at the end of November. Every year, I think that the awfulness comes in part from the refreshed shock of dreadful lyrics I’ve not heard in 11 months. Instead, my loathing of the song grows through the season and year by year.
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