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Wonderful Christmastime

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Wonderful Christmastime 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Wonderful Christmastime” is a 1979 Christmas song by Paul McCartney. It enjoys significant Christmas time popularity around the world. The song was later added as a bonus track on the 1993 CD reissue of Wings’ Back to the Egg album.

The track was subsequently added as a bonus track to the 2011 reissue of the McCartney II album, with both full and edited versions included. The track was also mixed in 5.1 surround sound for inclusion on the 2007 DVD release The McCartney Years.

Background and recording

McCartney recorded the song entirely on his own during the sessions for his solo project McCartney II. Although the members of Wings are not on the recording, they do appear in the promotional music video, which was filmed at the Fountain Inn in Ashurst, West Sussex.

“Wonderful Christmastime” can be heard in the 1998 animated film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie during Santa’s takeoff on Christmas Eve. Wings performed the song during their 1979 tour of the UK.

Reception and legacy

Following its release as a stand-alone single in the United Kingdom, “Wonderful Christmastime” peaked at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart the week ending 5 January 1980. In the United States the single peaked at No. 83 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart and No. 94 on the Record World Singles Chart, but did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

In December 1984, the single appeared at No. 10 for two weeks on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart. It also reached No. 29 on Billboard’s weekly Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in early January 1996.

The song continues to receive substantial airplay every year, although some music critics consider it to be one of McCartney’s poorest compositions. Beatles author Robert Rodriguez has written of “Wonderful Christmastime”: “Love it or hate it, few songs within the McCartney oeuvre have provoked such strong reactions.”

Including royalties from cover versions, it is estimated that McCartney makes $400,000 a year from this song, which puts its cumulative earnings at near $15 million.

 

From Twitter – Happy Chrissie to y’all! I hope everyone has a really wonderful Christmas and has a great time with their loved ones – and enjoys every minute! Love Paul x

 

Last updated on January 27, 2018

Lyrics

The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The party's on
The feelin's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding Ohhhh
Ohhhhhhh

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ahhh don't look down

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

The moon is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime
Simply having a wonderful christmastime

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Christmastime

Officially appears on


Wonderful Christmastime

7" Single • Released in 1979

3:48 • Studio versionA • Edited version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Mixing, Producer, Sleigh bells, Synthesizers, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:48 • Studio version


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

3:49 • Studio versionA • Edited version

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

4:18 • Studio version • Full Length Version


Christmas Kisses

7" Single • Released in 2012

Studio version


Under the Influence: Holiday Edition

Official album • Released in 2013

Studio version


Holidays Rule - Vol. 2

Official album • Released in 2017

Studio version • Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

4:23 • Studio version


Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

4:02 • Live


Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

3:56 • Live


Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

4:26 • Live


Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

4:23 • Live


Live performances

“Wonderful Christmastime” has been played in 31 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Wonderful Christmastime” has been played


London • O2 Arena

Dec 16, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Glasgow • SSE Hydro

Dec 14, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Liverpool • Echo Arena

Dec 12, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Dec 20, 2016 • USA • New York City • NBC Studios • TV show


Saturday Night Live - Season 38 - Episode 10

Dec 15, 2012 • USA • New York City • NBC Studios • TV show



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