Originally posted 6th December 2016
25 Days of Christmas 2016
#6 | Christmas Playlist
There is so much Christmas music out in the world. Although I feel like I know all of it, I’ve no doubt I’ve only heard the tip of the iceberg, and there’s even more getting released every year.
Today I’m sharing my playlist of classic Christmas songs that just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without hearing them throughout the festive season.
1. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
Slade starts us out with a bang. IT’S CHRISTMAS. Indeed it is, Slade. This is a great song to kick off the festive period, and it’s one of my favourites.
2. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas is an oldie but a goodie. It’s a Christmas classic. It slows things down, but sometimes that’s what you need for the busiest time of year.
3. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Home Alone. This song always makes me think of Home Alone. The second movie is my favourite but I believe the song appears in the first. I love the movie and I love the song.
4. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
If you didn’t agree with me before, you must agree now that this Mariah Carey song is a Christmas classic. It’s at the otop of every Christmas playlist. Whether or not you like the song, whether or not you can hit the notes it’s the perfect song to put on and get everyone signing along.
5. Happy X-Mas (War is Over) – John Lennon
I really love this song, the anti-war message comes across so well and is something we should really still think about today – and not only once a year at Christmastime.
6. Last Christmas – Wham
Another one at the top of my Christmas playlist! I adore this song and find it so much fun to sing-along to every year. Christmas is cheesy and fluffy, though the song is about a breakup I personally see it as a song of learning, growth and new beginnings… plus it’s just really catchy!
7. Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richards
It’s an old fashioned song but the deep voice, along with the lyrics makes this one a lot of fun to sing-along to as well.
8. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl
Yep, we’re going slightly old-school. This song frustrates me because I love it however, it uses language which just isn’t acceptable. I never sing along to that part – as I feel like most people don’t, I just wish they’d used a different word because the song itself is so funny and catchy aside from that.
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Another classic, Frank Sinatra undeniably has a fantastic voice and this is one very popular song around this time of year. I actually didn’t know until writing this that it was Frank Sinatra so I’m definitely planning on looking up some more of his work.
10. Stay Another Day – East 17
I’m never sure why this one always comes on around Christmas but I can’t deny I really like the song. It’s one I always forget about then will hear it on The X Factor or some sort of Christmas playlist. Then I remember how much I like it, and then forget about it for another year – but I still like it nonetheless!
11. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Mel & Kim
There are a few versions of this song but I’ve chosen this one, because it’s my favourite version. It’s fun, it’s corny, it’s Christmas.
12. Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness
Something a little different again, and why not? I feel like some people will like this song and others won’t. It definitely cases a divide in my own house. Personally I love this song.
13. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
Just all around lovely and relaxes me, his voice is very soothing and the whole thing just puts a smile on my face.
14. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
I think this is another one I know mainly from a movie (Home Alone again?) but one never fails to put me in a festive mood.
15. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
This is probably the only modern version of a song I have on here and that’s because I absolutely love the music video! It’s adorable and seriously makes me smile! It’s a great spin on an old favourite and I’m 100% a fan.
16, 17 & 18: Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid, Band Aid 20 & Band Aid 30
I’ve put these together, and put in all three, because I know that different people enjoy listening to different versions. I love all three, I just love the meaning behind the song and what the song sets out to achieve. Yes we should enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we shouldn’t forget those who aren’t as fortunate as we are at this time, or any time of year. We shouldn’t only think of them but actually do something to help, in any way we can.
19. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
We started with a bang so let’s end with one! This song, if this doesn’t get you in the mood for Christmas then I don’t know what will! This song is Christmas. It’s festive, it’s jolly and it puts you in a good mood and ready to tackle the days ahead.
You’ve probably noticed that there isn’t really any more modern songs by artists such as Leona Lewis, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber etc. but that’s because to me those aren’t classics that get me in the mood for Christmas. Obviously there will be new ones which come out and everyone will love them and that’s great, but until they come out I’ll stick with tradition for now.
As promised I’ve put in a link to the Christmas playlist which includes listing each song above. I hope it puts a smile on your face because that’s what I want.
What I really want is to make you – the wonderful person reading this – smile, to lose yourself for a few minutes or an hour and lose yourself in Christmas for just a little bit.