Happy Holidays! Since it’s the first year of my blog, and since it’s the last year for my Annual Holiday Show on my little 20-year-old 80s radio program, STUCK IN THE 80s (on WMPG community radio in Portland, Maine), I wanted to present to you THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS, or, 31 of my favorite 80s holiday musical treats.
It’s now less than two weeks until Xmas, and for Day 18 of the 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS, I’ve chosen Queen’s wonderful and original holiday classic, “Thank God It’s Christmas.”
There was a wealth of memorable holiday songs originating from the U.K. for Xmas 1984 – including “The Power Of Love” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Last Christmas” by Wham! and Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Queen’s “Thank God It’s Christmas” was in that class too.
Released at the end of November 1984, “Thank God It’s Christmas” was a stand-alone single not from any album (the band had released their album, THE WORKS, released at the end of February 1984). The song was written by lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
With MTV only a few years old at that point, music videos were immensely popular, but for whatever reason, there was no video filmed for “Thank God It’s Christmas,” which most likely hindered its chart performance. It peaked at No. 21 on the U.K. singles chart in 1984. Over in Ireland, it fared much better, reaching No. 8. In 1985, it reached No. 21 in Austria, and in 2015, it became a Top 40 seasonal hit in Denmark and Poland.
“Oh my friend it’s been / A long hard year / But now it’s Christmas / Thank God it’s Christmas…”
“Thank God It’s Christmas” may not be one of the more popular or well-known holiday songs from the 80s, but I’ve loved “Thank God It’s Christmas” for a long time, and I don’t mind saying I’m thankful for it this time of year…