If you’re sick of all the Scrooges out there telling you it’s far too early to be full of Christmas cheer or maybe you’re worried about how un-festive you’re feeling with just a month to go until the big day, we’ve got just the trick.
We’ve thrown the rulebook out of the window and we’ve decided not to wait until December 1 to indulge our love for a seasonal soundtrack and have come up with ten songs to inject some early festive spirit into even the most ‘bah humbug’ of people.
Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody
You might have heard Noddy Holder’s iconic “it’s Christmaaaaaaaaasss” shout already as a few shopping centres have had festive songs on loop for a good few weeks but it’s the calling card for the festive season. You know it’s perfectly acceptable to don your finest festive knit when you hear Noddy’s call!
Mariah Carey- All I Want For Christmas is You
From the 1970s to the 1990s with this modern Christmas classic. Held off the top spot at the end of 1994 by East 17’s Christmas number one Stay Another Day, but it’s failure to nab the festive top spot has done it no harm as it’s still the song that gets many a person on the dancefloor and singing into their crackers at Christmas.
Shakin Stevens- Merry Christmas Everyone
If ever there was a patron for Christmas jumpers it would be this man. Often overlooked by many when it comes to their favourite Christmas song, like a tin of Quality Street or a giant slice of Yule Log, this is a festive guilty pleasure that just won’t go away.
Cliff Richard- Mistletoe & Wine
Like a puppy, Cliff isn’t just for Christmas, he’s for all the year through but it’s the festive period where he seems to gain a lot more fans year after year. The song’s title may sound like a recipe for disaster at an office Christmas party but it’s actually an angelic anthem featuring a well spoken choir boy. Wonder where he is now?
The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl- Fairytale of New York
There’s no mistaking it, it’s a crime against music that this song has yet to reach number one. Always at the top or very near the top of best Christmas songs ever countdowns, this is an absolute classic. With massive sing a long potential and a chorus to warm the cockles this could well be the ultimate Christmas anthem.
Band Aid- Do They Know It’s Christmas
The song is currently number one again, with the 2014 re-working taking the track to the top spot for the fourth time. But as the Slade song goes “the old ones are the best” and I think we’d all agree that it’s the original that still reigns supreme, if only for Bono’s iconic “tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” line.
Elton John- Step Into Christmas
An invitation to start feeling festive if you need one. Elton has had many huge hits to his name over the years but this track is still one of the most memorable whether he likes it or not!
Wham- Last Christmas
The song that was famously deprived of Christmas number one in 1984 by Band Aid. The video features an Alpine love story with some very interesting fashions and some even more interesting longing looks going on between George Michael and a curly haired brunette.
Leona Lewis- One More Sleep
Bringing things up to date with a song that made the top 3 only last year. It had been a while since The X Factor winner had scored a big hit but this song clearly struck a chord and thanks to its catchy chorus, dance routine and a very camp performance on X Factor, this became a firm festive favourite.
Bing Crosby- White Christmas
Whether it’s this song or his Little Drummer Boy duet with David Bowie, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of Bing. We might not all dream of a white Christmas with all the disruption it can bring but when we’re all warm and toastie on Christmas Eve we can pretend.
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