I’m a little bit of a self-confessed scrooge; I don’t like anything Christmassy until at least half-way through December (but even that’s sometimes pushing it!). This year, though, I’m feeling uncharacteristically festive. I started my Christmas shopping at the end of November, I’ve decided to go all out on my gift wrapping, I’ve been desperate to watch Elf for a good few weeks now, and I even made a Christmas playlist so that I can listen to Christmas songs whenever I want. I really don’t know what’s wrong with me! As this is such a rare and momentous occasion I though it needed documenting somewhere, so I thought why not do a post about my top 5 songs on my Christmas playlist? They’re numbered from five to one, with one being my all-time favourite!:
5: Leona Lewis- One more sleep: Leona Lewis was the third winner of the UK X-factor, and, as annoying as all of Leona’s other songs are, this one is really catchy. I’ve been listening to it quite a lot this December and it’s been on the radio quite a bit, so I thought it deserved a mention on the list.
4: Wham- Last Christmas: An annoying, cheesy Christmas song but don’t act like you don’t immediately shriek along with the opening “uhh ohhhh” and you don’t don’t turn the volume up! I know I do every time.
3: Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody: I spent my entire childhood mocking my grandma’s love of Slade and now I’m including one of their songs on a list of my favourites. In the words of Noddy Holder himself “Does your granny always tell you that the old songs are the best?” Well, yes she does, Noddy, and on this occasion she is right. But in my defence, I wouldn’t listen to their other songs so the mocking is still justified…
2: Mariah Carey- All I want…:If you don’t think this is one of the best Christmas songs ever then you’re wrong. I was at work the other day when it came on the playlist and two of the guys I work with both exclaimed ‘Tuuuune’ in unison, (at the first ding of the music before the rest of us had even figured out what song it was might I add), and made us turn the volume up. Everyone likes this song and I won’t believe you if you tell me otherwise.
1: The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl- Fairytale of New York: So, on my recent trip to the States I found out that this song isn’t very popular/well known over there? Can any Americans confirm that for me? It is, however, very, very popular in the UK (and other parts of Europe I believe). It is consistently voted as the top Christmas song of all time, and drunkenly sung in bars up and down the country every December. For those of you who are not familiar with it, The Pogues are an Irish band and Kirsty MacColl was an English singer and they collaborated on this song about falling on hard times and losing their dreams in New York. It is described by The Guardian as ‘A kind of anti-Christmas song that ended up being, for a generation, the Christmas song.’ It includes lyrics such as ‘You took my dreams from me, when I first found you’, and ‘happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it’s our last’. Cheerful, huh? Well, yeah it is because it’s got some cute Christmassy, Irish music as the background and it’s the best Christmas song every made. Trust me. A whole nation can’t be wrong can we?
So there you have it, the top five songs on a Grinch’s Christmas playlist. I have some other favourites that I don’t like as much as the ones on this list. These include: Chris Rea- Driving home for Christmas (always nice to drive home to in December even though I only live a 30 minute drive from my family home), Jordin Sparks- Christmas time to me (the way she pronounces ‘me’ annoys me, and don’t even get me started on the way she rhymes ‘London’ with ‘coming’, but it’s catchy and I like it.), Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmas Time (it’s a classic, need I say more?), and Michael Bublé- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (because what Christmas playlist would be complete without a bit of the Bublé?).
Would you have done this list differently? If so, what would you have put on there? Let me know in the comments!