In 2009, PRS For Music estimated that 42% of the Earth’s population had heard Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’.
According to Guinness World Records, the first song ever played in space was ‘Jingle Bells’ on December 16, 1965. It was part of a prank, as astronauts Walter Schirra and Tom Stafford claimed the music was coming from a strange, flying object that looked a lot like Santa Claus.
There are more than 400 registered cover versions of ‘Last Christmas’. Even big-name singers like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora and Gwen Stefani made their own versions of the 1984 Wham! classic.
Brenda Lee was just 13 years old when she recorded the original version of ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’. The song was written in 1958 by Johnny Marks, who also wrote ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’.
Bing Crosby’s version of ‘White Christmas’ is the best-selling physical single of all time, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.