Thank God It's Christmas

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"Thank God It's Christmas"
Single by Queen
B-side"Man on the Prowl"
"Keep Passing the Open Windows"
Released26 November 1984 (1984-11-26)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded1984
GenreRock, Christmas
Length4:19
LabelEMI, Capitol
Writer(s)Brian May and Roger Taylor
Producer(s)Queen, Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Hammer to Fall"
(1984)
"Thank God It's Christmas"
(1984)
"One Vision"
(1985)
 
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"Thank God It's Christmas"
Single by Queen
B-side"Man on the Prowl"
"Keep Passing the Open Windows"
Released26 November 1984 (1984-11-26)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded1984
GenreRock, Christmas
Length4:19
LabelEMI, Capitol
Writer(s)Brian May and Roger Taylor
Producer(s)Queen, Mack
Queen singles chronology
"Hammer to Fall"
(1984)
"Thank God It's Christmas"
(1984)
"One Vision"
(1985)

"Thank God It's Christmas" is a Christmas single by the British rock band Queen. It was written by 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 reached number 21.[1]

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, hampering its future use on music TV channels. For that reason it is a lesser known Christmas single. The song appears on several Christmas compilation albums. One of them is the original Now That's What I Call Christmas compilation released in 1985 but deleted in 1989.

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" & "Queen's Greatest Hits" along with a bonus CD called "Queen Talks" that included this song, along with a 1989 interview with the band.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

7" Vinyl[edit]

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" Vinyl[edit]

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

Chart performance[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Queen - Thank God It's Christmas". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "everyhit.com search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats -". 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. 

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