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"Step into Christmas"
Single by Elton John
B-side "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)"
Released 26 November 1973
Genre Rock, Christmas music
Length 4:30
Label MCA (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Elton John singles chronology
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
"Step into Christmas"
"Candle in the Wind"

"Step into Christmas" is a Christmas song by Elton John (Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin) released in 1973. It was originally released as a stand-alone single in 1973 with the B-Side "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)", peaking at #23 in the UK. Due to Billboard magazine's editorial policy it was held off the Hot 100. It did, however, make #1 on a specially designated Christmas chart, and it appeared in the Cashbox Top 100 charts. It was later included as a bonus track on the 1995 remastered reissue of the album Caribou, even though it was released in the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road days. It also appears on the albums Elton John's Christmas Party, Rare Masters, To Be Continued, and The Best Christmas Album in the World...Ever!

According to liner notes about the song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the track and its b-side were recorded during a quickie session at Morgan Studios in London, owned by drummer Barry Morgan, who had played on several of Elton's early albums. "Step Into Christmas" was mixed to sound like one of producer Phil Spector's record, using lots of compression and imitating his trademark "wall of sound" technique. This was according to both Elton and Taupin intentional, an homage of sorts to Christmas songs by Spector-produced groups such as The Ronettes.

Other versions

It was covered by the band The Wedding Present on their 1992 album Hit Parade II, and also covered by The Business for the Bollocks to Christmas EP.



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