Christmas record

Choose your favourite Christmas song in our poll. Send us a message. Maybe win a prize. Maybe get the message on the telly. Nice.

It’s time for the ultimate showdown this Christmas and a chance for you to be a part of it – by joining in our poll to find the Forces’ Favourite Christmas Song.

Love them or hate them, cringe at every note, or sing along - this time of year tends to mark the start of the flood of Christmas songs over the airwaves.

There’s the golden classics that never grow old, others that inspire a raucous sing-along, spark a special memory or induce a begrudging fondness or loathing, perhaps in equal measure.


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But we have no time for bah-humbug, so we’re inviting you to join us in rejoicing in every cringe-tingling note of the festive mix in our Christmas song showdown.

The nation’s favourite is an annual debate, but what of the Armed Forces and the wider military family – what festive tune does our community love the most?

Take part in our poll below to find out.

Forces Favourite Christmas Song 2017

In the spirit of giving at Christmas, we’re also offering you the chance to win a prize if you send us a video message telling us why you chose the song, along with a Christmas message to a loved one. The best messages, along with the winning song, could feature in our special TV show - The Forces' Favourite Christmas Songs on Christmas Eve on BFBS Extra.

So vote in the poll first, then send us your video as a direct message to our messages inbox on our Forces Network Facebook page. Get your smartphone out. Be creative, be festive, be fun. 

To be in with a chance of a prize, you must send us a video message saying why you like the song you have voted for and in the same video, say a message to someone special for Christmas.

The deadline for votes and video messages is midnight Sunday 17th December.

Before you take the poll, have a glance of the list of songs to vote for. If you need a reminder, check out the videos below to get you in the mood.

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie

Step in to Christmas – Elton John

Fairy Tale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty McColl

All I want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Last Christmas – Wham

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Mel Smith & Kim Wilde

Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard





Here's a rundown of the videos to get you in the mood for choosing your favourite song.

Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid

This one has been a familiar favourite on the airways every year since it was written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure as a fund-raising response to news reports of the 1980s famine in Ethiopia.

It might make some cringe now but the record became the fastest selling single in UK Chart history – selling more than a million copies in the first week alone and going on to pass three million on the last day of 1984.

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

Shaky’s festive song, written by Bob Heatlie and produced by Dave Edmunds, was the fourth number one single from the Welsh singer-songwriter on the UK singles chart.

It was released on November 25 1985 and was that year’s Christmas number one – going on to be a favourite on many annual Christmas collections.

Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie

Many might think this track has Christmas written all over it, conjuring up a festive feel in an instant.

However, Lewie has been reported as saying the song was never intended as a Christmas hit, more a protest song, but the ‘Wish I was at home for Christmas’ lyric pushed it straight into the season’s music mix after it was released – peaking at number three in the UK singles chart in December 1980.

Step Into Christmas - Elton John

Trust the music master Elton John to glam up Christmas and bring some rockin’ and rollin’ to the season’s sounds.

Step Into Christmas was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and released as a stand-alone single in November 1973, peaking at number 24 on the UK singles chart but hitting the number one spot on the Billboard Christmas singles chart in the US.

Fairy Tale Of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

This much-loved seasonal song brings a little dark reality to the festive fare and has been a favourite of the nation since its release in 1987, with many citing the bickering, swearing and drinking characters in the lyrics as a true reflection of real life and an accurate portrayal of a British Christmas. 

All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

American singer and songwriter Mariah livens up the seasonal show with this uptempo love song flooded with bell chimes, strong back-up vocals and a swell of synthesizers. This one to get everyone on the dance floor after a Christmas tipple or two – it’s the crowd-pleasing floor-filler.

Last Christmas - Wham

Wham’s romantic, soulful sound of heartbreak delivers us the emotional ‘I gave you my heart’ line every year, with song reaching the middle echelons of the UK Singles Chart almost every year, ever since it hit the number two spot in the UK singles chart in 1985. But will it top the Forces’s chart this year? Only you can decide.

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Mel & Kim

Who doesn’t raise a smile to this cheeky version of the 1958 classic by Brenda Lee? Kim Wilde and Mel Smith delivered us this seasonal favourite as Mel & Kim, a parody of then-popular sister act Mel and Kim, in the Christmas season of 1987. Check out the cameo role by the 80s band Curiosity Killed the Cat – remember them?

Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade

This one is definitely either a love it or hate it thing. It’s a perennial feature of the season and it not only charted every year in the early half of the Eighties, but had some chart presence right up to the mid-2000s.

Some find it irritating, so much so that it has even been banned from some venues’ playlists but many others have a grudging fondness for the track, with music writer Peter Buckley describing the song as “arguably the best Christmas single ever” in book The Rough Guide To Rock.

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

No, no, we don’t. We really don’t.

The sentiment might not be in tune with most people’s feelings about the season – all right, it’s fun while it lasts but few are sorry when it’s over – this 1973 glam rock classic has been on repeat since it was released. It is ingrained into the nation’s psyche and we have Wizzard’s frontman Roy Wood, who wrote and produced the track, to thank. Or not thank. That’s up to you.

Get those votes and messages in right now, they can be as cheesy as you like, we will not hold it against you, after all it’s that time of year.

So get ready for The Forces' Favourite Christmas Songs on BFBS Extra and Forces Radio BFBS - and play your part.