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  • Writer's pictureIan Bennett

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Celebrating the Holidays with Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody'"


As the festive season rolls around, there's one timeless anthem that never fails to bring joy and nostalgia to the airwaves – Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody." Released in 1973, this classic Christmas rock song has become an essential part of the holiday soundtrack for generations. Let's take a trip down memory lane and explore the magic behind Slade's iconic tune that continues to rock our Christmases to this day.

The Birth of a Christmas Classic:

Written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, "Merry Xmas Everybody" was Slade's way of spreading holiday cheer with a dash of rock 'n' roll energy. The band had already enjoyed considerable success in the early '70s with hits like "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," but they aimed to create something special for the festive season.

The infectious melody, catchy lyrics, and Holder's distinctive vocals all came together to create a holiday anthem that resonated with audiences far and wide. Released on December 7, 1973, the song quickly climbed the charts, eventually reaching the coveted number one spot on the UK Singles Chart.

Capturing the Spirit of Christmas:

What sets "Merry Xmas Everybody" apart is its ability to capture the spirit of Christmas in a way that appeals to listeners of all ages. The lyrics, with lines like "Look to the future now, it's only just begun," convey a sense of hope and optimism that aligns perfectly with the festive season. The song's upbeat tempo and joyful chorus make it impossible to resist singing along, turning any gathering into an instant holiday party.

The Impact on Popular Culture:

Over the years, "Merry Xmas Everybody" has become a staple of Christmas playlists and is often featured in commercials, movies, and TV shows during the holiday season. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the song's universal appeal and the nostalgia it evokes.

In addition to its chart-topping success, the song has been covered by numerous artists, each putting their own spin on the classic. However, Slade's original version remains the definitive rendition that continues to bring people together, year after year.


As we trim the tree, exchange gifts, and gather with loved ones during the holiday season, Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" provides the perfect soundtrack for the festivities. Its timeless appeal and ability to evoke the joyous spirit of Christmas make it a true classic that will undoubtedly continue to rock our holiday celebrations for many more years to come. So, as the snow falls and the lights twinkle, turn up the volume, and let Slade remind you that Christmas is a time for merriment, joy, and rocking around the tree.

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