The twelve parodies of Christmas, number 12 - LadBaby

As promised, over the twelve days of Christmas I am running a sequence of the best musical parodies.

My criteria for these parodies are 

1) Impossible to hear the original without thinking of the parody (special points if performers responsible for the original have said they found the words of the parody running through their mind during live performances of the original) 

2) The parody should be particularly funny 

3) A clever adaptation - the parody should sound as similar as possible or retain as many words as possible while completely changing the meaning 

4) Timeless - likely or known to be still funny decades later 

5) Topical - as an alternative to criteria 4) above, particularly appropriate to late 2021 or early 2022. 

I concluded that LadBaby, who have today set a record by having four consecutive Christmas number one hits (the previous record was three) had to feature on the list with their songs about sausage rolls put together for charity, deserved a place on the list for that achievement and on at least three of the above criteria, particularly number five. 

Here is their song for Christmas 2021, with Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran, which is raising money for the Trussel Trust.

I can't make up my mind whether this qualifies as a parody, but their output as a whole certainly does: their first hit, "We built this city on Sausage rolls" is clearly a parody of "We built this city on Rock and Roll."

Number 11 in my list will be released tomorrow.


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