Time to get into the Christmas spirit with this classic track by McCartney.
“Wonderful Christmastime” was released 1979 by Paul McCartney. It enjoys significant Christmas time popularity around the world. The song was later added as a bonus track on the 1993 CD reissue of Wings’ Back to the Egg album.
McCartney wrote the song in key of B Major, and recorded it entirely on his own during the sessions for his solo project McCartney II. Although the members of Wings are not on the recording, they do appear in the promotional music video, which was filmed at the Fountain Inn in Ashurst, West Sussex. It also includes footage filmed at the Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne, where McCartney rehearsed his 1979 UK tour.
Following its release as a stand-alone single in the United Kingdom, “Wonderful Christmastime” peaked at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart the week ending 5 January 1980. In the United States the single peaked at No. 83 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart and No. 94 on the Record World Singles Chart, but did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
In December 1984, the single appeared at No. 10 for two weeks on Billboard‘s Christmas singles chart. It also reached No. 29 on Billboard‘s weekly Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in early January 1996.
The song continues to receive substantial annual festive airplay, although some music critics consider “Wonderful Christmastime” to be one of McCartney’s mediocre compositions. Beatles author Robert Rodriguez has written of “Wonderful Christmastime”: “Love it or hate it, few songs within the McCartney oeuvre have provoked such strong reactions.” Golf Digest wrote in 2017 that it was not just the worst Christmas song, but among the worst songs of any genre.
Including royalties from cover versions, it is estimated that McCartney makes $400,000 a year from this song, which puts its cumulative earnings at a little over $15 million.