The Biggest Christmas Song Most Americans Have Never Heard: Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody"!

It rocketed to the top of the pop charts in Britain in 1974 and has remained a holiday staple across the UK and Europe for five decades.  In fact, one report stated that the song has sold over 10 million copies and been heard by over 40% of the planet's population - over three billion people!

Yet most Americans have never even heard the song, much less anything else by the band.

Of course, when folks start discussing the many glaring snubs committed by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame over the years, a name you hardly hear mentioned is Slade.  Yet, Percy Sledge gets inducted on the strength of one song?

If not for Quiet Riot having two of their biggest hits with covers of Slade songs "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", there'd be even fewer folks in the band's corner.

Yet across the pond, Slade were absolute monsters on the UK rock scene from 1972 to 1987, during which time they scored fifteen Top 10 singles.  That's right, FIFTEEN; among them #1q chart-toppers "Coz I Luv You", "Take Me Back 'Ome", "Gudbuy T' Jane" (covered by the Replacements and L.A. Guns), "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me", and Merry Xmas Everybody". To date, the band has sold over 50 million albums!

By the time the band finally got some love from the U.S. in '84 as a direct result of Quiet Riot's success, the band itself was on its last legs, with bassist/violinist Jim Lea suffering from health issues and singer/guitarist Noddy Holder deeply affected by his father's failing health and the demise of his first marriage.

So when U.S. label CBS Records decided to follow-up the Top 20 U.S. success of "Run Runaway" by NOT RELEASING A SECOND SINGLE, the band packed it up and returned 'ome to the UK, never to return.

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