Top 5 Christmas Songs

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As if you’re not sick to the back teeth of all the Christmas tunes regularly being pumped into your ear holes, here’s my top 5 Christmas songs (I’ve also put an extended Spotify list of all of my favourite Christmas songs at the end, in case you can’t get enough of the Christmas cheer):

5. Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses

The Waitresses were an “experimental post-punk band” (not my words- Wikipedia’s) from Ohio, USA. This song was originally released in 1981 and did you know fact fans, it was covered by the Spice Girls in 1998 as a B-side to their “bye Gezza we love you” track “Goodbye”. Anyway, I love this song. It makes me do bad dancing and the vocals are so spectacularly ordinary it makes it very fitting that it was eventually covered by Posh et al. Even though the Waitresses singer, Patty Donahue, sings about wanting to miss Christmas this year, it never fails to make me feel all Christmassy.

4. Winter Wonderland by Darlene Love

All together now “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?” Well are you? It would be hard not to. Winter Wonderland is all over the shop every Christmas and rightly so. This song was written in 1934 and has been covered over 200 times. So pick a version, but my particular favourite is this jolly version. It reminds me of my Mum singing and making our Christmas dinner as I run into the kitchen for the 999th time that day to ask when dinner will be ready. And for that reason alone, it’s in my top 5.

3. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

From the age of about 16 years until a few years ago, this would have come top of my Christmas song list, but after over playing it myself and hearing it every time I walk into a pub every year from 28th November for approximately 5 weeks, it has now been relegated to number 3. Yes it is still a great song, yes we all love Kirsty’s vocals and yes of course I can recite all of the lyrics even when I’ve had one too many Snowballs (“you’re a bum, you’re a punk, you’re an old slut on junk”- aah Christmas), but it ain’t my number 1 and you’re just going to have to deal with it.

2. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

Mariah! All hail Queen Mariah. Oh Mariah, how you must have loved (and enjoyed the $50 million in royalities from) this being used in everyone’s favourite Christmas movie Love Actually (look I’ve tried to resist this being my favourite Christmas film for so many multi-layered reasons, but I’ve finally succumbed- I bloody love it). So as a Christmas pop tune my conclusion is thus: there is nothing wrong with this song.

1. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby & David Bowie

It is only in the past couple of Christmases that I’ve finally realised that this is actually a very lovely Christmas tune indeed. Not only are Crosby & Bowie’s vocals divine, but you have the wonderful, cosy accompanying video of Dave just casually popping round to Bing’s gaff for an eggnog & sing song around the old Joanna (sorry, but I can’t say Bing’s name now without hearing Chandler BING! If you’re a Friends fan- you’ll now) . Also singing about peace on earth seems sadly far too apt at the moment. This also wins my number one slot due to the best Christmas joke around:

David Bowie bought Bing Crosby a pom-pom for Christmas.

Not just any pom-pom.

A proper pom-pom.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL

27 comments

  1. sabina petra · January 26, 2016

    Even though I read this in January I still made me feel all festive!!

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  2. Ritu · December 21

    Love em all!!!

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  3. Em Linthorpe · December 21

    Merry Christmas Hayley!! Isn’t the Bing/David video just the most adorable thing ever made? I’m gonna watch it again right now xx

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    • thebeasley · December 21

      Oh I love that video so much. It just reminds me of childhood Christmases immensely. Hope you enjoyed it again x

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      • Em Linthorpe · December 21

        I did, thank you!

        What’s your opinion on Bob Dylan’s Christmas album?

        Also, I have a strange addiction at the moment. I keep listening to Alexander Armstrong’s Christmas songs whenever I’m in the kitchen…

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      • thebeasley · December 21

        I cannot abide Bob Dylan, so I haven’t listened to it. In fact, I didn’t even know he’s done one. I’ve been listening to Sia’s Christmas album, which is awesome and of course my own Christmas playlist ☺️

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      • Em Linthorpe · December 21

        OMG you don’t like Bob?! Yeah, you wouldn’t like his Xmas LP then, it’s Bob at his most Bobbest. Festive Sia? Shall check that out cheers xx

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  4. Abby's Atlas · December 21

    winter wonderland is one of my favorites! 🙂

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  5. Carol · December 21

    I just love the Pogues..one of my favourites 🙂

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  6. Thank you for telling everyone about Christmas Wrapping! (And yes, all of these are on my 99-hour Christmas mega-playlist). Excellent list, and one even the bah-humbugs should try.

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    • thebeasley · December 21

      Thanks so much Chase. Christmas Wrapping is an awesome track.

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  7. Judy E Martin · December 21

    I love the Pogues and Kirsty Macoll, and that Bing and David song is just so gorgeous. Fabulous choices. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · December 21

      That song is so lovely & cosy. Ha the opposite to the Pogues, but I love both songs a lot.

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      • Judy E Martin · December 21

        Yes, I love all the different types of Christmas song and carols too. 🙂

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  8. Gloria · December 21

    Fairytale of New York is my favourite. I love the Little Drummer Boy too though!

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  9. D. Parker · December 21

    Nailed it!!! You found and offered such awesomeness I am now singing out loud (emphasis on the ‘loud’ lol).
    Shared and onto the next post (here from #ThrowbackThursday #BigUpYourBlog).
    Merry Christmas to you and yours! All the best in the holiday season and all the year through!!! 🎄🎄🎄

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  10. Traci York · December 21

    All wicked awesomesauce selections, naturally! I’d like to nominate, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for an honorable mention, because it immediately brings me back to my teenage years (you know – the same time that you were a babe in arms…LOL). Excellent stuff, dearest.

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    • thebeasley · December 21

      Haha, I was 8 (so yes just a baby) & I remember it SO well. Best charity record ever. Excellent honourable mention xx

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  11. Chloe O'Keeffe · December 21

    I LOOOOVE the Pogues! I’ve never heard of Christmas Wrapping but I’m going to give it a listen now!

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