IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE!! and therefore in celebration of all things festive, and to well and truly round off the festive build up in style, I thought I’d quickly share my Top 10 Christmas Songs with you lovely lot before I drink my bodyweight in mulled wine and eat ALL OF THE FOOD.
- All I Want for Christmas (Mariah Carey) – ok so the minute I hear this song for the first time at the start of December (and when I say the first time, I don’t mean the first time I hear it myself because I’ve been obsessively listening to my Christmas playlist since the start of November and I aint even ashamed – I mean the first time I hear it in a shop or on the radio) it means that its really, finally, Christmas. I don’t know if its the opening notes being so recognisable or just the fact that every time I hear it I think of Love Actually, but I get all of the goosebumps and feel so festive I can’t even.
- Fairytale of New York (The Pogues) – my Mum HATES this song. Literally despises it. I remember when I was little and we’d listen to Christmas songs she’d always skip it so I don’t think I actually heard it until my late teens which was when I’d started Irish Dancing and therefore adored it by proxy because of the Irish music. My love affair continues, it’s definitely one of my all time favourites and every time I listen to it it reminds me of when I visited New York a few years ago and I played it on repeat.
- Last Christmas (Wham!) – this one makes the list simply because it reminds me of all the times when I was little when Mum and I would sing along to it in the car. I miss Christmas when I was a kid. It as such a simpler time and everything was so much happier (probably because I wasn’t near bankrupting myself in order to treat people to what they deserve). Now I content myself with sending my best friend voice notes of me singing it, because who doesn’t need that in their life?
- Driving Home for Christmas (Chris Rea) – this is a more recent favourite. And when I say recently I really mean in the last two years. Up until then I’d always had Christmas at home because even when I was in university I still lived just down the road from my family. Even last year in Manchester I was under an hour away so I could never really appreciate this song, but this year commuting home from London (via train rather than car but y’know) makes it seem lot more special.
- Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) – I’m sorry but if you don’t think this is the sexiest Christmas song in the world then you’re very much mistaken. There’s something so seductive about how she sings that gets me imagining Christmas party karaoke scenarios where I take the microphone and manage to stun everyone into silence with my amazing rendition thats clearly as good as the original. In reality, you couldn’t pay me to sing karaoke as its the very epitome of embarrassment for me, but if you did I would certainly not sound like this. It would sound like a cat being strangled and nobody wants to hear that.
- Merry Xmas Everyone (Slade) – I love this song probably more than any other because it was pretty much the soundtrack to my Christmas every year when I was little. Mum always tells me really great stories of her work Christmas parties in the 80s and 90s when they’d play this and everyone would shout alone to the ‘ITS CHRISTMASSSSSSS!!’ bit and it makes me feel so nostalgic for a party I never had. It definitely doesn’t feel like Christmas until Mum and I have sung and danced to this.
- Step Into Christmas (Elton John) – I don’t actually like this song much, but the problem is it’s always the first song I hear on Christmas Day without fail. Once Mum and Dad have opened their presents in bed and we go through to the living room for the others, I usually put on 4 Music or some other music channel that has a constant stream of Christmas hits and somehow every single bloody year this is always the song thats playing when I turn the TV on. God I can’t wait for Christmas – bring on tomorrow!!
- I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard) – this is another one that reminds me of being tiny. I think I have vague memories of my year singing this in a Christmas concert in primary school when we were maybe in like Year 2 or 3, and dancing to it at the Christmas disco. I was probably wearing a red roll neck top, a red corduroy skirt and white woolly tights because that’s just how I rolled back then.
- Wonderful Christmas (Paul McCartney) – predictably this usually comes on straight after Step into Christmas, although I like this a little bit more even though the music video for it kinda hurts my eyes/brain. I find this one sticks in my head constantly. For example I was listening to this for about 2 minutes getting ready for work the other day, and then had it in my head for the entirety of the day until I listened to it again in the evening. It’s a bloody annoying song to get stuck in your head but at the same time it made me feel festive for the entire day which is ultimately why it made this list.
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Band Aid) – I don’t think it’s acceptable to not include this song on a list of top Christmas songs. Not only because it was for such a good cause but also because it’s one hell of a good song. I can’t make up my mind whether or not I prefer the original version or the newer one – let me know your thoughts!
Well you lovely lot, that concludes my Top 10 Christmas Songs! Let me know your favourites in the comments below. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas whatever you’re doing and wherever you are – I will (probably) be having a social media break tomorrow, but the last instalment of Blogmas is scheduled and ready to go!
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