The Christmas adverts just keep on coming – with McDonald’s emotional affair the latest out of the festive gate.
The 90-second ad, part of the chain’s #ReindeerReady campaign – which sees them funding FareShare to redistribute over five million meals by 2021 – tells the story of a mother desperately trying to persuade her teenage son to put down his gadgets and indulge in some festive cheer.
And just to tug the heartstrings even more, the soundtrack features a pared-down version of an 80s synthpop classic – but just who is singing it and what’s the song?
Here’s what you need to know…
Who sings the song on the McDonald’s Christmas advert?
The song on the advert is being performed by singer Becky Hill.
Becky originally found fame when she reached the final of series one of The Voice UK – and has gone on to enjoy chart success in the years since then.
She reached the number one spot with DJ Oliver Heldens and the track Gecko (Overdrive) back in 2014, while her other hits have included False Alarm (with Matoma), Lose Control (which also featured Meduza and Goodboys) and Back And Forth (with MK and Jonas Blue).
Becky returned to the top 10 in 2019 with Wish You Well, which saw her teaming up with Sigala – and the pair scored another top 20 hit this year with Heaven On My Mind.
What is the song in the McDonald’s advert and who sung it originally?
The song in the McDonald’s Christmas advert this year is Forever Young, which was originally recorded by the 80s group Alphaville.
The German synthpop band are best known in the UK for their 1984 hit Big In Japan, which reached number eight in the charts, and was their one and only hit here.
Forever Young – which was also the title of their debut album – was a big hit in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, hitting number three in Italy and topping the charts in Sweden – but only made it to number 98 in the UK charts.
It also failed to make it any higher than number 65 in the US charts, despite being released there three times – but despite this, it has become one of the band’s signature songs, having been covered a number of times by such artists as Laura Branigan, Wayne Wonder, and Australian band The Youth Group – whose version featured in the TV show The OC.
Alphaville’s version also featured in the 1989 movie Listen To Me and, more recently, in the cult favourite Napoleon Dynamite.