You either love them or hate them… but either way, it has come to the time of year in which you cannot enter a shop, turn on the radio or watch the TV without hearing them. Christmas songs are an essential part of the festive season; with the same old classics reappearing year after year. However, the point in which it becomes acceptable to listen to Christmas Music is a contentious and widely debated topic.
For some (me), it is perfectly acceptable to turn on the christmas tunes as soon as the halloween costumes have been put back in the loft and the sweets have been eaten. Many of my American friends argue that christmas song can only be listened to after Thanksgiving, but this is not a holiday recognised or widely celebrated throughout the UK. In the Uk, the 1st of December is the date in which the more strong willed individuals get out the Christmas CDs. Any later and you may be perceived as being a Scrooge.
CD vs Spotify
We are swiftly approaching 2018 and CD’s have gradually become outdated. Why would you spend £5 or more on a CD when free apps, such as Spotify, can provide instant access to any song with just a simple tap? However, CD’s seem to resurrect during December- the Michael Buble Album and the beat up Christmas CD that you have owned for the past 15 years suddenly make a reappearance!
It cannot be denied that on our Christmas CD’s there are some true classics and banging tunes that truly embody the festive season. So here is my christmas playlist (that has originated from CD’s).
10. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid.
9. ’Stop the Cavalry’ – Jona Lewie
8.‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ – Jackson 5 (Bieber and Bublé also do a pretty good job)
7.‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
6.‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ – Jackson 5
5.‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ – Wizzard.
4.‘White Christmas’ – Bing Crosby.
3.’Carol of the Bells’- Pentatonix (The most dramatic Christmas song EVER)
2. ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – Mariah Carey
1.‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
Fairytale of New York
It is almost ironic that one of the song that I associate with Christmas the most is actually set in the Big-Apple, sung by an Irish folk rocker and has no obvious links to the UK. It is not even warm, comforting or high spirited. I recently found out that the NYPD Choir does not even exist!
Also, it cannot be denied that the language within the song is profoundly unacceptable in today’s society- this has resulted in BBC Radio 1 censoring the song in the past… which caused an outcry from the public.
Despite the fact that it has never been a number one in the Uk and it is clearly an unconventional christmas song, ‘Fairytale of New York’ has captured the hearts of the British public ever since it was first released in 1987. The opening piano chords make it instantly recognisable and the traditional Irish music, that is inserted at various points throughout, gives the song a kick. It is more relatable and closer to reality, with flawed characters and an imperfect December, than the Christmas songs that are full of flying reindeer and perfect love stories. Within four minutes and 32 seconds, heartbreak, loss and love are uniquely laced into a song that took over two years to write.
‘Fairytale of New York’ is an edgy song that everyone attempt to sing in their best drunk impressions, but alway fail to keep up with it. For me, and many others, it beats Michael Buble’s whole album, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ and Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’. It always has and probably always will be an unconventional Christmas classic.
So there we go- these are my favourite christmas songs. The songs often change or shift position each year ,but ‘Fairytale of New York’ is currently firmly holding position number one. Everyone has different Christmas songs that they can listen to on repeat from the 1st of December right up to Christmas Day. So what are your favourite Christmas songs? Is there that one classic that can instantly make you feel festive?
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Love Soph xxx