IT’S CHRISTMAS! Well, not quite but we are counting down the days to one the best HOLIDAYS of the year! If it is anything to go by last year, we won’t have any snow again. Of course, I live in the UK so we pretty much get totally wacky seasons. We could have rain at Christmas and it’ll be February before the snow decides to arrive and make it impossible for everyone to function.
By now, Santa and the Elves are running around his workshop like their hair is on fire. His other helpers? Well, they are tending to Rudolph and his Reindeer friends after last years rush they’ve had to take the year off to recuperate. And Mrs Santa? If she is anything like our mums, wives, girlfriends, aunts etc then shes shouting at Mr Santa for treading snow on the new carpet or because he is late for tea…AGAIN. But, for now we have Christmas songs to keep us going. That’s right people- break out the Xmas CD’s it is time to put your favourite songs on and turn the up to 11. It is definitely my favourite time of the year, Christmas songs add to the ambiance of the season and for that WE thank musicians everywhere. YOUR DA BEST! So, it’s the start of December and the reason I didn’t right a blog post last week is because this one is going to be so big and it took a couple weeks to get some research together. Thank god for social media! I’ve been asking family, friends and their friends alongside social media for your favourite Christmas songs and here is the list. So get your dancing shoes on!
Looks like the reindeer have recovered
Too many mince pies
Mrs Santa…before snow ruined her carpet…
- Merry Christmas Everybody- Slade
You can’t have Christmas without this song, it kinda gets annoying after 25 days of ‘ITS CHRISTMAS’ but, we come back to this classic every year and that is because it is the first song that comes to mind when you think of Christmas.
2. Silent Night- The Dickies
It’s a punk version of the song and I had trouble finding a good version on YouTube so, if you are a punk fan then look for it! This was my dads suggestion, I much prefer the classic version…the one we learn in music class on a piano? ah memories. But, if you like this song you’re either an old, white haired, leather jacket, motorbike riding punk like my dad or you really like punk? But, who’s to judge? We all like different things. Still it is a Christmas song, and so it made the list.
3. Once in Royal Davids City- Cecil Frances Alexander
Originally written as a poem in 1848, this is now sang as a hymn in churches around Christmas time. I’ve not heard this before myself but, the suggestion was made on social media and it reminds this person of the true meaning of Christmas thus, it is a Christmas song. It is rather beautiful. This choice just goes to demonstrate we all have different versions of Christmas and we should all respect that.
4. I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday- Wizzard
I was surprised this is my nans favourite Christmas song. But, she likes it and I can imagine her dancing and singing along when it comes on the radio in the house. This video always creeped me out when I was little. It was the face paint and I have a thing about not being able to see a person in costumes face properly. I don’t mind the video now though. I love to dance to the song when it comes on! It’s a great song and it just begins my Xmas holidays.
5. Walking in a Winter Wonderland- Dean Martin
There are so many different versions of this song but, this is one of my favourite versions. With so many versions out there, it is definitely a classic Christmas song and has rightly earned its place there. It was suggested to me via twitter and I kicked myself for forgetting about this song because it is great. Other versions include Peggy Lee or Michael Bublé.
6. Driving Home for Christmas- Chris Rea
The video is not the original one for the song, in fact the video we so love is the remastered version (2009) with the same singer and a few familiar faces… Mum got very excited suggesting this song for me, I could one surmise she likes this song. Either that or I know where I get my excitement for Xmas from? Hmmm give me a minute. It’s a great, easy going Christmas song for anyone to listen to and that is what this holiday should be about-FUN!
7. Stay Another Day- East 17
The song is quite heavy-hearted. For people who may not know, this song was written by lead song writer Tom Mortimer, for his brother Ollie who unfortunately committed suicide. There are two videos for this song. One features the band performing the song in the studio but, after this song because Christmas number one in 1994 a second video was released with Christmas bells added to the end, shot in black and white while the boy’s wear furry coats. So, yes it is a Christmas song but, there is a deeper meaning behind the song releasing someone’s pain and grief.
8. White Christmas- Frank Sinatra
This was grandads pick for the list. He is a lover of Frank Sinatra so, I had a feeling this would be his favourite. Obviously, we know the other versions of this song- the most famous being the original by Bing Crosby. It’s a great song, so smooth and calming. Just what is needed over an exciting Christmas. This actually caused contention in our house when my mum claimed this version of the song did not exist. Well, mum here is the video. We’ve heard it nan and grandads before.
9. Last Christmas- Wham!
Another suggestion by Mum. She really does love Christmas. Well this song always makes me want to get up and sing my lungs out which isn’t good. It would probably scare the dog. These types of songs are the best. The ones you just want to sing too. It’s a bit of a sore topic for a Christmas song singing about a broken heart but, it’s a classic.
10. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth- David Bowie and Bing Crosby
It’s a bit like a dream. Two legends singing a Christmas song together and killing it. If I do say so myself. It’s one song I could listen to over and over and never get tired of it. Why do you love this song????????????????? Sorry I got distracted by the video. I can’t explain why I love this song, I just do! This blog post may take a little longer to finish, I just need to finish watching this video.
11. Step into Christmas- Elton John
Have you noticed a pattern yet? Singing legends sing some of my favourite songs and so they, will be the last song you listen to because they’ll stick in your head. Elton John is very direct at the beginning of the song- he simply says this is my Christmas song and that is one of the reasons I love it. The other being it is great to dance to, it just carries on building!
12. Fairytale of New York- The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
Here’s to all us cynics. I absolutely love this song but, don’t worry I don’t sing it out loud at work someone may get offended. Many people made this suggestion including my parents, friends and people on social media but don’t you worry I already had this on my list. It is truly my favourite every Christmas song and it really signifies the beginning of Christmas for me. It’s just the most unusual and amazing Xmas song I’ve heard and will truly forever be my favourite song.
So that is my list. What is your favourite Christmas song? What reminds you of this season? I cannot wait till Christmas day. 22 days and counting here. It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Just follow the signs, you’ll get there soon enough. First stop songs, next stop advent calendar, then the Christmas jumper and so on.