“Merry Xmas Everybody” is a 1973 song by the English rock band Slade. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Noddy Holder and bassistJim Lea, and produced by Chas Chandler, it was the band’s sixth number-one single in the UK. It earned the UK Christmas Number One slot in December 1973, beating another Christmas-themed song, Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”, which reached fourth place. By mid-January it was still at number one; it stayed in the UK Singles Chart well into February 1974.
Based on melodies from discarded songs written six years before, “Merry Xmas Everybody” was Slade’s best-selling single, released at the peak of their popularity, and sold over a million copies upon its first release. It is Slade’s last number-one single, but by far their most successful. It has been released during every decade since 1973, and has been covered by numerous artists. In a 2007 poll, “Merry Xmas Everybody” was voted the UK’s most popular Christmas song.
The song has been covered by various artists. An acoustic version was performed on The Royle Family’s Christmas Special episode, by guitarist Noel Gallagher, from the band Oasis. R.E.M.’s 2007 Holiday Christmas single included another cover of this song.
If you want to read the lyrics, click on this link: Slade Merry Christmas