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Thank God It's Christmas

"Thank God It's Christmas" is a Christmas single by the British rock band Queen. It was written by lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Released on 26 November 1984, the single spent six weeks in the UK charts over Christmas 1984 and new year of 1985, and peaked at number 21.[1]

"Thank God It's Christmas"
Queen Thank God It's Christmas single cover.jpg
Single by Queen
B-side
Released26 November 1984 (1984-11-26)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded1984
GenreRock, Christmas music
Length4:19
LabelEMI, Capitol
Songwriter(s)Brian May and Roger Taylor
Producer(s)Queen, Reinhold Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Hammer to Fall"
(1984)
"Thank God It's Christmas"
(1984)
"One Vision"
(1985)

The song was not originally released on any Queen studio album, appearing only on Queen's Greatest Hits III, released in 1999, and as the B-side of the single "A Winter's Tale" from the 1995 album Made in Heaven. However, the track was finally included on the bonus EP packaged with the deluxe edition of their album The Works, remastered and re-released in 2011. No promotional video was filmed for the track.

It appears on the Christmas compilation LP The Edge of Christmas in its full 12" version with the drum intro. It also appears on the US-only compilation boxed-set The Queen Collection, which consisted of a re-release of the LPs Classic Queen and Queen's Greatest Hits along with a bonus CD called Queen Talks that included this song, along with a 1989 interview with the band.

Track listingsEdit

7" vinylEdit

EMI / QUEEN 5

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thank God It's Christmas"Brian May, Roger Taylor4:22
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Man on the Prowl"Freddie Mercury3:30
2."Keep Passing the Open Windows"Mercury5:22

12" vinylEdit

EMI / 12QUEEN 5

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thank God It's Christmas"May, Taylor4:19
2."Man on the Prowl" (Extended version)Mercury5:56
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Keep Passing the Open Windows" (Extended version)Mercury6:50

PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2][3] 21
Irish Singles Chart[4] 8
Chart (1985) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 21
German Singles Chart[6] 57
Chart (2013) Peak
position
Slovenia (SloTop50)[7] 29
Chart (2014) Peak
position
Slovenia (SloTop50)[8] 28
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Danish Singles Chart[9] 36
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[10] 39
Slovenia (SloTop50)[11] 38
Chart (2016) Peak
position
Slovenia (SloTop50)[12] 22
Chart (2017) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 18
Slovenia (SloTop50)[14] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 47
Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 80
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 16
Denmark (Tracklisten)[18] 34
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 16
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[20] 43
Slovenia (SloTop50)[21] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 36

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[23] Gold 45,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Queen - Thank God It's Christmas". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  2. ^ "everyhit.com search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  3. ^ "The Official Charts Company -". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  4. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Queen - Thank God It's Christmas - austriancharts.at". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  6. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  7. ^ "SloTop50: Slovenian official singles weekly chart" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  8. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.hitlisten.nu/default.asp?list=t40
  10. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  11. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ "SloTop50: Slovenian official singles weekly chart" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Queen – Thank God It's Christmas". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  14. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Queen – Thank God It's Christmas". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  16. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #505". auspOp. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Queen – Thank God It's Christmas" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 52, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Queen – Thank God It's Christmas". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  21. ^ "SloTop50: Slovenian official singles weekly chart" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Queen – Thank God It's Christmas". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Certificeringer - Queen - Thank God It's Christmas" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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