Pimp Your Christmas Playlist
It is time for another playlist!
I shared my favourite summer tunes in my Summer Essentials post earlier this year, and since there’s only a few days left until Christmas, I thought it might be nice to share my 10 favourite (lesser known) Christmas songs as well.
Time to wet your throat with some mulled wine and get ready to sing along to the following bangers.
10. Like It’s Christmas – Jonas Brothers
That’s right, we are starting unconventional. Since all three brothers are happily married, it comes as no surprise that this 2019 song is one for the lovers. It's characterised by everything a Christmas tune needs: it’s upbeat, catchy and jolly and doesn’t lack the typical jingles in the background!
9. Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
This one has got to be a derivative of one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time. The premise is the following: Ari has fallen in love and needs Santa to assure her that her new man is for real because apparently, she’s had her heart broken after Christmas the previous year. Sound familiar?
I was a little reluctant to include the video because it is slightly questionable and might put you off, but if you listen to the song on Spotify or Apple Music, you should be fine.
8. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) – Ramones
This one I first came across when I was watching Why Him? (starring James Franco, need I say any more?), and it was one of these songs that catch your attention but leave you unsure if you really like it or not. After listening to it a few times, I was sold, though. So if this doesn’t appeal to you at once, just give it some time.
7. Underneath The Mistletoe – Sia
Sia is one of my favourite singers of all time. Her voice is unearthly and everything she puts out or features is an absolute tune. Her Christmas album Everyday Is Christmas is no exception, and I definitely do recommend giving it a listen. Other favourites from that album are “Snowflake”, “Snowman”, “Santa’s Coming For Us” and "Ho Ho Ho".
6. Merry Christmas – Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams is painting a Christmas picture with this one, and I absolutely love it. This one is the remastered version, so if you want the version I like you should have a look on Apple Music or Spotify because YouTube is letting us down here.
5. Another Year – FINNEAS
A brand-new Christmas song brought to us by Finneas, Billie Eilish’s older and equally talented brother. This song is so romantic and really sounds like a modern poem.
4. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town – Frank Sinatra
You guessed it, we have reached the traditional section. However great the newer Christmas songs are, they will never beat the classics. This song was actually my first ever favourite Christmas song. My grandparents used to have a little plastic Christmas tree with eyes and a mouth, that would start singing this song when you walked past it. My cousin and I made a game out of it by trying to pass it without triggering the sensor. Good times!
3. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Obviously, Christmas is, first and foremost, a Christian holiday, so how about a little bit of tradition? If you also love orchestral music, this song is a no-brainer. I would actually die to see this performance live. For now, though, this video will have to do, I'm afraid.
2. Christmas Time – Bryan Adams
Two Bryan Adams songs? What can I say, he’s nailing the Christmas genre. This one describes the Christmas mood all too well and resonates with everything I feel about this magical time.
1. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Without a doubt the best Christmas song that has ever been and will ever be written. Change my mind! Actually, don’t bother, it would be pointless. But it doesn’t seem like I would have an awful lot of people trying to convince me otherwise, anyway, since it’s currently on place 4 of the UK Top 100. No surprise there!
As little extra, I will also give you the worst Christmas song of all time: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (1984) by Band Aid . Though it was recorded for a noble cause, the lyrics are just absolutely cringe-worthy. Here are some examples:
"And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time"
I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure Africans are quite used to the absence of snow, unless they live on top of the Kilimanjaro. Nonetheless, let us join hands and pray for the poor African people who won't have snow this year.
"And the only bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom. Well, tonight thank God it's them instead of you"
Yeah, thank fuck people in Africa are starving to death and not me! Sounds about right.
Just go and listen to the full thing, it will be a delight!
And lastly, what it your favourite Christmas song?