If you need help deciding which festive tunes you want to add to your Christmas playlist, Ollie and I have it covered.
Here are 10 of the best Christmas classics.
- All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Is an introduction really needed? This is one of the most popular Christmas songs – it even reached number 1 in the Czech Republic’s charts, so there. A staple of many Christmases.
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ is one of the most covered Christmas songs, with the original being the 4th most highly downloaded Christmas song.
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5
The song has been covered by over 200 artists, including The Crystals, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and – of course – The Jackson 5.
- White Christmas – Michael Bublé
Another classic Christmas cover, this version features on Buble’s Christmas album, the first holiday album to win the award. Bing Crosby’s version is the most sold single of all time.
- Last Christmas – Wham!
Whilst the original is hard to improve upon, ‘Last Christmas’ is another popularly covered Christmas song, with even Crazy Frog attempting an imitation, though I wouldn’t say that it’s worth a search.
And My Favourites:
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl
This Irish folk-style ballad is popular amongst all Christmas observers, despite its almost incomprehensible lyrics.
- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Kurt Nilsen
Rather extraordinarily, the lyrics for this particular song were written during a heat wave in Hollywood.
- Baby It’s Cold Outside – Johnny Mercer, Margaret Whiting
A romantic call and response ballad that warns against the perils of winter travel…
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
This song was the culmination of more than two years of peace activism undertaken by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The song’s build-up to the song was an international multimedia campaign launched by the couple in December 1969 – at the height of the counterculture movement and its protests against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (1984 version)
A song written in response to famine in Ethiopia by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The song was recorded by a coalition of singers, and the record became the fastest selling single in UK chart history.