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BAND AID 20 - DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? (SONG)
Entry:19/12/2004 (Position 9)
Last week in charts:16/01/2005 (Position 38)
Peak:9 (1 weeks)
Weeks:5
Place on best of all time:3745 (163 points)
Year:2004
Music/Lyrics:Bob Geldof
Midge Ure
Producer:Bob Geldof
Nigel Godrich
Cover version of:Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
World wide:
ch  Peak: 7 / weeks: 8
de  Peak: 7 / weeks: 21
at  Peak: 15 / weeks: 18
fr  Peak: 72 / weeks: 6
nl  Peak: 3 / weeks: 8
be  Peak: 3 / weeks: 7 (Vl)
  Peak: 28 / weeks: 7 (Wa)
se  Peak: 2 / weeks: 11
fi  Peak: 6 / weeks: 5
no  Peak: 1 / weeks: 11
dk  Peak: 1 / weeks: 28
it  Peak: 1 / weeks: 12
es  Peak: 1 / weeks: 6
au  Peak: 9 / weeks: 5
nz  Peak: 1 / weeks: 3

CD-Single
Mercury 9869661


TRACKS
29/11/2004
CD-Maxi Mercury 06024 9869413 (UMG) / EAN 0602498694138
1. Do They Know It's Christmas?
5:07
2. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
3:47
3. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas? (Live at Wembley)
4:27
   
29/11/2004
CD-Single Mercury 9869661 (UMG) / EAN 0602498696613
1. Do They Know It's Christmas?
5:07
2. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
3:47
   
29/11/2004
CD-Maxi Universal 06024 9869081 (UMG)
   

AVAILABLE ON FOLLOWING MEDIA
VersionLengthTitleLabel
Number
Format
Medium
Date
5:07Do They Know It's Christmas?Mercury
06024 9869413
Single
CD-Maxi
29/11/2004
5:07Do They Know It's Christmas?Mercury
9869661
Single
CD-Single
29/11/2004
5:05Die ultimative Chart Show - Die beliebtesten Weihnachts-Hits aller ZeitenPolystar
06024 9833857
Compilation
CD
18/11/2005
5:03Christmas Top 100Sony
88697606862
Compilation
CD
16/11/2009
5:05Flying Home For ChristmasEMI
7210082
Compilation
CD
16/11/2012
5:06Do They Know It's Christmas? (Deutsche Version / 2014)Polydor
471 580-3
Single
CD-Maxi
28/11/2014
MUSIC DIRECTORY
Band AidBand Aid: Discography / Become a fan
BAND AID IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid II)14/01/1990301
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid 20)19/12/200495
Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) (Band Aid 30)30/11/201438
SONGS BY BAND AID
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid 20)
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid II)
Do They Know It's Christmas?
Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) (Band Aid 30)
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Deutsche Version / 2014) (Band Aid 30)
Noël est là (Band Aid 30)
One Year On (Feed The World)
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 2.68 (Reviews: 135)
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**
New version really sucks.......sorry but it does!!
*
This release is one big mistake.
***
Ok version by this newer bunch of musicians. Like the different lyrics and styles eg rock and rap in this.

11 weeks in the UK top 100. 1 million sold while at #1.

UK#1 and Ireland#1.

European Hot 100#1 (3 weeks).

The UK Christmas #1 of 2004.

World Chart Year End (2004): #23.

1.1 million copies sold in the UK.
Last edited: 07/01/2018 00:34
**
there are some great harmonies but some of the voices stick out like a sore thumb and the rap is totally unnecessary! that bit sucks!
**
Not a great idea.
***
ok cover nothing real special
***
I don't hate it, but why is Dizzee Rascal on this? Completely out of place.
****
not much, better than the first version
***
Good concept for a good cause, but some of the musicians are a terrible choice for this song although I don't mind the guitar in this! Also I am mystified to the reason why is Dizzee Rascal in this??????

Last edited: 23/08/2013 04:26
***
It starts with Chris Martin so that's good enough for me but yes Dizzee Rascal feels out of place as mentioned but luckily he doesn't take up much time. 3.2.
**
Never been a fan of the Band Aid releases and this doesn't change that. There are some really poor vocal moments and the production is pretty horrible. Especially the guitars which just come across as unnecessary and annoyingly loud. The parts where everyone is singing is rather dire too. Honestly Dizzee Rascal isn't even that bad and actually provides something that's not typical or shit in this otherwise horrible effort. Very bad and should not have made the ARIA top 10. Worst version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" I've heard.
*
This is bloody awful. It has been completely butchered - from the lengthened outro to Bono's atrocious delivery, to The Darkness' shrieking guitar solo which completely takes everything away from the fact it's a CHRISTMAS song. Frankly, Dizzee Rascal's verse isn't the worst thing to happen to this track. But this version just feels cheap and thrown together without any proper musicality and arrangement skills. Oh and that video...

This has nothing to do with Christmas anymore - merely a money-maker that horribly intellectualises and commercialises all the hard work that Ure/Geldof administered in the original. It was untouchable, and definitely should have remained as such for eternity.
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