Belfast Telegraph

Give Lennon a chance for top Christmas single

by Natalie Irvine

With Christmas being hi-jacked over the last few years by X-Factor, a south Belfast worker has started a campaign to put a John Lennon classic at the top of the charts — with Yoko Ono’s blessing.

Marc Savage, an art director based in Blackstaff Square, Belfast, has explained to the Community Telegraph why making John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ hit a number one this Christmas is important.

Marc said: “With the world in such a war-torn state, there has perhaps never been a better time to remember this song, and in doing so, we have the opportunity to celebrate the genius of Lennon and remember that he was a true songwriter and musician who would be horrified at the music-industry as it stands today.

“It looks like we either have the choice between X Factor flop Wagner or Family Guy’s Birdy song for Christmas number one this year — do we really want this?

“2010 should have been the year John Lennon celebrated his 70th birthday, however it also marred by the 30th anniversary of his murder outside The Dakota building in New York, where he lived, by lone assassin Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980.

“In honour of his life, I think it’s time to remember this true musician and artist to celebrate real music makers and the true message of Christmas — peace on earth.”

As well as having Yoko Ono on board, Marc has now entered talks with EMI who are supporting the project — Marc is keen to ensure money is raised for charity through the sales of the single and the media -hype it is creating.

Those wishing to support the campaign have to hold off purchasing copies of the single online (via iTunes or Amazon) until December 12, if it’s to make number one slot in this year’s official Christmas chart week.

To join the campaign visit Or you can email

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