A Black Friday-like rush of Christmas songs begins as soon as November 25th rolls around. And who can blame someone for beginning the celebration a bit early after the past two years? Holiday music, on the other hand, has spawned more cover versions and remakes than any other kind of music. So we asked our members what their favourite Christmas Tunes are and here are the results.
Make sure these Christmas Songs are added to your festive playlist!
When Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic finally topped the UK charts in 2020, it was a 26-year-old milestone. “Last Christmas” by Wham, which has never topped the Billboard Hot 100, was just beaten by this ultimate holiday anthem, which has re-entered the Top 40 every year since 2007.
For the first time, Wham!’s Last Christmas has topped the UK singles chart during the week leading up to Christmas in 2020. When it was initially released 36 years ago LadBaby’s Don’t Stop Me Eating was knocked off the #1 position by 9.2 million streams in the last week of 2020. Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? kept George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s song off the top position when it was first released in December 1984.
No, I don’t think this is the best Christmas song ever written. Darlene Love’s flawless pleading voice, Phil Spector’s magnificently tinselly production, and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry’s beautiful lyrics could make anybody, even the most cynical Scrooge, melt like a snowman under a hairdryer, if only they could hear it. It’s a wonderful Christmas song in every way.
When East 17 recorded it, it was never intended to be a Christmas song at all. By way of Walthamstow, England’s songwriting member Tony Mortimer, it’s truly a heartbreakingly personal tribute to his brother who committed himself. With their stunningly dark four-part harmony, and even the obligatory Christmas song sleigh bell sound, this trio has produced an unparalleled exercise in seasonal sorrow.
Nostalgia for the holiday season has more sway than actual recollections. That’s why Bing’s Irving Berlin-penned “White Christmas” may bring us back to our childhood memories of a snow-covered Christmas, even if our real history is filled with disappointments (December 25, 1993 – no Hornby train set).
Remember “Big Apple Fable,” the epic New York-set tale by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl? For those who aren’t scared to death by the fade-out, your heart (like your grandmother’s sweater) is too tiny. Although there is some profanity, “Fairytale…’ is a wonderful four-minute storey of hope, despair and heartache, and it concludes with love.”
That’s a wrap for this year’s most well-known Christmas tunes. It’s understandable that there are many more legendary and iconic songs that we didn’t put in the list above. Start adding these songs to your playlist right now since they are some of the most well-known songs.
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