One of first signs of Christmas is the prevalence of Christmas songs following you wherever you go. On the radio, the television, in every single shop you visit….Christmas songs are an important ingredient in the Christmas recipe*.
Unfortunately for me, my lil bro has stolen our family Christmas CD and buggered off to Hereford with it. Git. It’s the same compact disc we have listened to since the early days of their release. We grew up listening to this one album and that is where the majority of my favourite come from.
So in the absence of our Christmas CD (it better come back with him on Sunday or there will be fisticuffs) I made an attempt at a playlist for Christmas. Here are my favourite Christmas songs (I am sure I have forgotten about a gazillion gems):
Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie – this song reminds me of my Daddio. I think it must have been a favourite for him. I love the duba-duba-dum-dum…
Do They Know it’s Christmas by Band Aid (original obvs) – we had the original vinyl single of this and my lil bro and I would play this song all year round whilst jumping on the sofas. It was rad.
Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin Stevens – this is such a fun song.
A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris De Burgh – la la la la laaaa… and some cool electric organ. What is not to love?
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl – another one that reminds me of my Dad. I remember him liking to use swear words a lot when I was little and this song made me laugh as a kid. It has had quite a renaissance in recent years, which is nice.
White Christmas – a classic song, that I sang at a gig in a Working Men’s Club in Blackpool one New Year’s Eve. I think I was 11.
Let it Snow! by Dean Martin – how cute is the intro to this song? and ‘oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…’ A proper festive classic.
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole – he has such a beautiful voice and a style of days gone by.
And my favourite carols…Silent Night, Good King Wenceslas, Away in a Manger – I like to sing these at the top of my lungs in my pretend opera voice. My Granny has a beautiful opera-like voice so I’m hoping one day I can sing like her to all my Grandchildren.
What is your favourite Christmas song? Is it one of the carols? Maybe you like a bit of Mariah?