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Christmas Eve by Yamashita Tatsuro
The Best Seller Single in Japanese 1980s
Date:27, Aug, 2011
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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“Christmas Eve”
The CD which was
published again in 1992
Until now, nine times
it was released for resale
♪Ame Wa Yohuke Sugi Ni Yuki Eto Kawaru Darou (Tonight, raining will change into snowing)♪…In Japan, there will be nobody that never knows the first line of the song. Needless to point out, it is“Christmas Eve”by Yamashita Tatsuro, a Japanese musician.

The first single record was released on 14. 12. 1983. Originally, the song was the last song on his seventh album“MELODIES”out on 8. Jun of 1983. Though the album became No.1 on the weekly hit chart in Japan,“Christmas Eve”was at first dull. It was unable to rank among the best 30, let alone the first prize.

But the song kept being spread among Japanese because of being used on TV-CF and played on radio programs. And the song has got large sales every time December comes. It became No.1 on the weekly single chart in Dec. of 1989. The sales of the song reached a million in 1991. Until today, it has sold over 1,820,000. That’s the best seller single home among singles out in the 1980’s.

“Hard Days, Holy Night”
is included in the single
“Ai Ga Yobu Hou E”
6. Nov. 2003 released
The song surely ranked among the best 100 on the weekly chart of the beginning of this year. That means it has still kept being spread among Japanese. A rock band in Japan, Porno Graffiti has published a song“Hard Days, Holy Night”in 2003. The song includes a parody of a part of“Christmas Eve.”As that, it is not too much to say that the Christmas song became of a part of Christmas in Japan. Will the song be naturally listened somehow again in next December.

※The chart and sales in sentences are in accordance with Oricon's data







 

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