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Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Karaoke Hits 

Were moving into the Christmas Party season and the Performing Right Society (PRS) report that they expect Karaoke bars across the UK to be the office party destination of choice, as recession-weary workers search for cheaper parties.

The organisation, which collects royalties on behalf of songwriters and composers, has reported a 10% increase in revenue collected from Karaoke bars across the UK in the past five years.

Robbie William's Angels, is the most popular Karaoke song in the UK, followed by Valerie from the Zutons & Amy Winehouse, ABBA’s Dancing Queen and Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline taking the other top spots. Popularity results are based on the most performed Karaoke songs in licensed venues by the Performing Right Society. The PRS collates this data in order to make accurate royalty payments to its 60,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members, whenever music is publicly performed or broadcast; their survey covered bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants and live music venues.

Top ten most popular Karaoke songs for 2008 are:
  1. Angels, artist: Robbie Williams

  2. Valerie, artist: The Zutons / Amy Winehouse

  3. Dancing Queen, artist: ABBA

  4. Sweet Caroline, artist: Neil Diamond

  5. Kingston Town, artist: UB40

  6. The Wonder of You, artist: Elvis Presley

  7. Black Velvet, artist: Alannah Myles

  8. My Way, artist: Frank Sinatra

  9. Suspicious Minds, artist: Elvis Presley

  10. Waterloo, artist: ABBA

Source: PRS, who have also recently compiled the top ten most broadcast Christmas songs

Last Christmas from Wham is at number one, Do They Know It's Christmas? (original 1984 Band Aid recording) is at two and the great Fairytale of New York from The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, comes in third place. Get the full list and interesting background, in the Beeb article that is linked above. All the favourites are their, including the perennial favourites from Wizzard, Slade, and Bing Crosby, but not in the order that most people would expect.

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