Slade frontman Noddy Holder’s Christmas pop quiz will test how clued up YOU are on festive bangersDecember 9, 2018
WELL here it is, Merry Christmas . . . which means it’s music legend Noddy Holder’s favourite time of year again.
The Slade frontman, 72, and his band make an estimated £500,000 a year in royalties from their hit Merry Xmas Everybody.
Today Noddy has created his own quiz – with the help of compilation Now That’s What I Call Christmas – to test how clued up YOU are on festive bangers.
Noddy told us: “Christmas music is very much the spirit of the season. We wanted to cheer people up with Merry Xmas Everybody and it has proved timeless.” Here, we share Noddy’s festive questions:
- Which glam rock group landed the 1974 festive No1 with Lonely This Christmas?
- “I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need” are the opening lines from which 1994 tune?
- Which Seventies superstars took the Christmas No1 in 1978 with Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord?
- Which seasonal song has been recorded by Eartha Kitt, Kylie Minogue and Miss Piggy from The Muppets?
- Name the pop knight who has invited us to have a Wonderful Christmastime every year since 1979.
- David Essex’s A Winter’s Tale was written by which former member of The Wombles in 1982?
- A frantic car journey from Abbey Road Studios back to his native Middlesbrough for the festive season inspired which singer to write his most famous song?
- How old was solo vocalist Brenda Lee when she recorded her version of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree in 1958?
- Elvis was crooning about what colour Christmas in his 1964 hit?
- The original 1984 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. But who sang the first line?
- And along with girl group Bananarama, who was the only other female singer on that first Band Aid charity single?
- Which rock band, led by Ian Anderson, told us to Ring Out Solstice Bells on their 1976 Christmas single?
- Which 1942 Bing Crosby song has sold 100million copies since its release, according to Guinness World Records?
- Who suggested we should Stop The Cavalry in their 1980 anti-war Christmas hit which was set in the trenches of World War One?
- The opening line “Rejoice, rejoice, Christ is born” is the English translation of which song that Steeleye Span performed entirely in Latin in 1972?
- Brian and Tony made up one half of East 17, who had a 1994 Christmas hit with Stay Another Day. What are the other two members’ first names?
- The song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez features in which 2013 animated Disney film?
- In The Twelve Days Of Christmas, what did my true love give to me on the seventh day?
- Which Welsh rocker sang the 1985 festive chart-topper Merry Christmas Everyone?
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, by Roy Wood and Wizzard, and Merry Xmas Everybody, by Slade, both featured in the UK charts for the first time in which year?
- How old was Aled Jones when he scored a 1985 Christmas hit with Walking In The Air, from the animated film The Snowman?
- Little Saint Nick is the title of a song from which 1960s Californian surf-loving band?
- Mike Oldfield’s cheery instrumental In Dulci Jubilo is a Christmas favourite – but what is the English translation of the title?
- Last Christmas by Wham! was originally released as a double A-side. What was the title of the other track?
- According to lyrics in Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, what does your granny always tell you?
- These songs can be found on Now That’s What I Call Christmas, which will be played on Celador radio stations on December 23 at from 6pm and Bauer radio stations on Christmas Day. Now That’s What I Call Christmas is available on CD, digitally and on the Now music app.
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