My Christmas Playlist
15th December 2015
My Christmas playlist featuring 10 of my favourite Christmas songs.
Considering music is such a huge part of my life I rarely ever talk about it on the blog. Maybe it’s time we change that. As it’s nearly Christmas I thought I would share with you my 10 favourite Christmas songs and the reasons why I love them.
And, I’ve even popped the Spotify playlist down below so you can have a listen while you read this post.
*Can’t see it? You’ve probably got Ad Block on. Don’t worry, I don’t blame you.
1. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
“You’re a bum
You’re a punk
You’re an old slut on junk”
Ah, ’tis the season to be jolly. Don’t those lyrics just scream Christmas.
Fairytale of New York is probably my favourite Christmas song because it’s my dad’s favourite Christmas song, and he is the person responsible for my amazing taste in music. Aside from that, I really love the tune to this song and it makes me want to dance. You kind of have to sway from side to side with a pint of beer in your hand when this song starts playing.
2. Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea
Going home for Christmas has become a very special occasion for me ever since I moved out when I was 18. This song reminds me of my first year of university when my parents drove to Liverpool to pick me up for Christmas. We waited the whole hour and half journey back to Shropshire to hear this song on the radio but it didn’t come on until we got home!
I will ensure that this song will be on my phone so that when I go home on December 23rd I can listen to it.
3. Last Christmas – Wham
I’m pretty sure every Christmas compilations album starts with this song. It’s cheesy but it’s a classic. Even the music video to it is like a rom-com.
This song has made by Christmas playlist because the first couple of seconds of the intro instantly put me in the Christmas mood and I never get sick of hearing it.
4. Do you they know it’s Christmas? (1984 version) – Band Aid
I use to think that this song was too depressing for a Christmas song, but then I realised that most Christmas songs are actually quite depressing if you listen to the lyrics. I think I started to like this song around the same time I started listening to The Police and Genesis because of course the original Band Aid features Sting and Phil Collins.
And yes, it has to be the 1984 version. The other versions don’t exist in my mine!
5. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin Stevens
Often mistakenly referred to as “Snow is falling”, Merry Christmas Everyone is another super cheesy Christmas song that makes the playlist for one reason only; I love to dance to it in a guilty pleasure kind of way!
Fun fact – the release of this song was postponed by a year so that it would not clash with the release of Band Aid 1984.
6. Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
This is actually Tyrone’s favourite Christmas song, and it’s grown on me over the years. It’s another song with a depressing story behind it, but it’s too catchy not to love; especially the “Dub a dub a dumb dumb Dub a dub dubadum dubadum dub a dub dubadum” bit!
7. Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness
I always roll my eyes when I hear a new Christmas song because I love the pop classics, but Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by The Darkness is different. It’s more rock than pop, which is probably why I love it.
I’m sad that The Darkness aren’t producing music any more. They could have gone on to do really great things in the music world.
8. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
Being a resident of Liverpool, it’s hard to create any playlist without including a song by one of The Beatles.
Wonderful Christmastime has really simple lyrics with a repetitive and catchy chorus that you will find yourself singing along with.
9. Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
I can’t include Paul and not have a bit of John!
Even though this song was release in 1971 it is still so relevant to today and all the conflict going on in the world.
“War is over, if you want it
War is over now”
10. Christmas – The Who
While this is strictly not a Christmas song, it is about Christmas and it is by The Who, so of course it was going to find it’s way into my top 10 list!
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
And, let me know if you like the type of music feature. I would love to write more music posts in the future.