In November 1979, a former Beatle, working by himself in his home studio decided to celebrate the holiday season with the song Wonderful Christmastime.
In the Fall of 1979, Paul McCartney was focused on writing and recording his second solo album, McCartney II, when he decided to do a holiday song.
Done without the help of his band Wings, the song was recorded at his Lower Gate Farm in Sussex, England.
Released in November 1979 with Parlaphone/Columbia Records, the song did well on the UK charts, hitting a high of number six in early 1980. However the song didn’t chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.
But, this song, thanks to being a catchy pop song (and by McCartney) kept being used every holiday time and now has become a classic of the holiday song season, and now has become a permanent top five song of the Billboard holiday song chart every year.
And in this Beatle’s song catalogue, this holiday song doesn’t rank high with critics but its a mainstay of the holiday music played on radio and in shopping malls everywhere.
In the 21st century, The Shins have covered this 70s classic, and finally unthroned the queen of the holiday song, Mariah Carey.