Mood Media predicts most-played songs by retailers for Christmas 2015


Christmas shoppers will be jingling their purses to a mixture of old and new, sentimental and funky, home-grown and international tunes this festive season according to Mood Media, the world’s leading provider of background music and in-store consumer experience solutions.

Mood Media, which reaches over 150m consumers every day and works with the likes of New Look, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Co-op in the UK, has released its top six songs for British retailers in their busiest period of the year, based on the latest musical trends. The company’s playlists feature in thousands of commercial premises including retail, fashion, financial services, hospitality and food service.

Mood Media – The Christmas Retail Chart 2015

1.  Aurora – Half the World Away

This is the track used on the John Lewis TV ad and has so far amassed over 30 million hits online.  An Oasis cover, it is already familiar to a lot of people and during the week of its release, it was the 4th most downloaded song of that week.

2. Michael Bublé – The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)

Released just this week, Michael Bublé’s latest festive offering is set to be big just like last year’s ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ collaboration with Idina Menzel. Christmas time is after all Bublé season on the airways!

3. Cilla Black – Anyone Who Had a Heart

After the sad news of Cilla Black’s death back in August, the UK’s national treasure is definitely in with a shout.  In her heyday she performed with Dusty Springfield and during the season of goodwill, the UK public could give ‘our’ Cilla the ultimate send off.

4. Adele – Hello

Not strictly an Christmas song, but early figures and buzz show that ‘Hello’ will be big, strengthened by the fact that her new album ‘25’, sold more than 800,000 copies in its first week.

5. Sam Smith – Have Yourself a Merry, Little Christmas

Despite being a re-release from last year, Sam Smith will be up there again this year as retailers demand more classical Christmas songs with strong vocals. Sam is helped by a lack of similar releases from rival artists.

6. X-Factor cover of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young

Whilst we don’t yet know the winner, X-Factor contestants have a good track record of Christmas success with a combined eight Christmas Number 1’s since 2005 (2005 – 2009, 2010, 2013 & 2014).

Honourable mentions:

Kylie Minogue Ft. James Corden – Only You.

Blake ft Shirley Bassey version of ‘The Christmas Song”.

Claude Nahon, president, Mood Media International, said: “We start building the Christmas playlists for clients in the middle of the year, using evergreen songs as a starting point, only finishing them when the new Christmas tracks are released. Clients will generally start playing Christmas music in early-mid November, and we increase the percentage of Christmas songs playing as time goes on. As the stock becomes more and more Christmassy, so do our playlists.

“We don’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to any of our music solutions. Whatever the time of year, they are bespoke to the client’s unique brand and experience.”