Do you own any of these records?
It is very likely that somewhere in your record collection, or if not then someone you know or are related to will have a copy of one of these singles hidden away. It’s ok to admit that you do, looking at the figures you are in good company. These might well be the songs that a company specialising in Music for business would look to include in your planning session with them. Take a look at moodmedia.co.uk/in-store-music-for-business so that you can get an idea as to what they offer.
- Bing Crosby – White Christmas. Released in 1942 sales 50 million. There might well be statistically more chance of a white Easter in the UK but that hasn’t stopped us and the rest of the world buying this Christmas classic. Its Bing’s first of two appearances on the list.
- Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997. Released in 1997 sales 33 million. A re-working of Elton’s song about Marilyn Monroe changed to be about his friend Princess Diana. Performed at her funeral with the lyrics changed to Goodbye England Rose. It raised an enormous amount for charities.
- Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime. Released 1970 sales 30 million. Certainly one for the teenagers. One hit wonder Mungo Jerry made the use of the jug, literally blowing into an earthen ware jug, as an instrument and kept this seasonal hit at number one for a good long while. It’s remained popular as it seems to retain a nice timeless quality and is often replayed whenever a heatwave comes along.
- Bing Crosby – Silent Night. Released in 1935 sales 30 million. Bing’s first go at this Christmas tune lark. He was the ultimate crooner (this is not meant in a derogatory way) and this version is quite lovely. You can almost imagine been sat in front of a real log fire and the snow coming down outside on some dark Christmas Eve.
- Bill Hailey – Rock around the Clock. Released 1954 sales 25 million. Wrongly attributed to being the birth of Rock and Roll (this should really be Goree Carter’s “Rock Awhile” in 1949 and Ike Turners “Rocket 88” in 1953) this is when the sound became commercially acceptable as the record industry had a teenagers to sell it to. Hailey did open the flood gates with this track ensuring that the 1950’s would be the age of those teenagers finally emerging from the war hero generation and finding a rebellious voice.