Let me start by saying I hope you had a good year, a lovely Christmas and all the best for a happy, healthy 2017. I also promise to be around more. I know I’ve been neglecting my blog (and blogging friends) these past few months but I’m happy to report things will be different next year. It’s my most important resolution and I’ll be posting a lot more in the new year – and catching up with everything I might have missed from you
So anyway I know I’m a tiny bit late in doing this – though to be fair, until the cheese, gherkins and endless boxes of Celebrations run out (or you’re just left with the shit ones and empty wrappers at the bottom of the tub) it’s definitely still Christmas and totally acceptable to listen to Christmas music. So here’s a look at my ten favourite Christmas songs, hope you enjoy.
10. Do They Know it’s Christmas, Band Aid
The 1984 version of course. It’s not truly Christmas until you hear this song (sorry Coca Cola lorries) and it’s always fun watching the video and trying to name each singer, even the most obscure. Bono is so annoying though. Yeah in the video but mainly just in general.
9. Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade
Not really a song I personally love LOADS but it definitely isn’t Christmas until you hear this classic from the 70s (even more so than the above). Released all those years ago and it’s still the ultimate Christmas party tune. What does that say about us?
8. Stay Another Day, East 17
The only explanation I can give is that it’s one from my era (and in the video they’re all wearing fluffy white coats which is pretty funny).
6. Lonely This Christmas, Mud
This song from 1974 was intentionally sung in the style of Elvis Presley and is a delightfully melancholy Christmas ballad that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
5. Last Christmas, Wham!
RIP George Michael, bit of a shock this month and very sad news. One of the first things I did when I heard about it was put on this song. I love it. And the video is slightly unintentionally hilarious.
4. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, The Drifters
Definitely my favourite version of this Christmas classic, mainly because I like the harmonized, doo-wop style of singing that The Drifters adopt. And it was in Home Alone.
3. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey
Who doesn’t love this song!
2. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee
Another bloody song from the Home Alone soundtrack. Coincidence? Absolutely but I suppose it does prove me and John Williams have a similar ear for music. Love this catchy tune that always wants to make me dance.
1. Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens
Without doubt my favourite Christmas song. I even ‘hilariously’ have it as my ringtone as soon as 1st December rolls round. And I hate that sissy BBC version they’re playing at the moment.
Merry Christmas Everyone! And a Happy New Year.