25 Days of Christmas 2016
#6 | Christmas Playlist
There is so much Christmas music out there, if I didn’t know that before starting this post I sure do now! Covers upon covers trying to find either the original or the ones you know and like best – it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.
Today I’ve decided to share with you my Christmas Playlist for 2016. It’s very rare I go in for modern songs, I have nothing against them however, there’s something warm about signing along to a Christmas classic that everyone knows and loves.
I’ve made a playlist on YouTube with all of these songs in one place, I’ve linked it at the end if you’re interested!
1. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
Let’s start off with a bang, shall we? IT’S CHRISTMAS!! Need I say more?
2. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
It’s a classic, that’s for sure! An oldie but a goodie. When I hear this I think of me and my family – parents in the kitchen cooking and my grandparents singing along, one for everyone.
3. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Home Alone, this makes me think of Home Alone hands down, probably one of my favourite Christmas Movies, I’m not sure if it’s one or two (although I prefer the second to the first .. & don’t even get me started on the third and fourth!)
4. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
An absolute Christmas Classic that is usually on the top of most peoples Christmas Playlist, or at least very close! Something I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t matter what music you like, or if you even like the song itself, if it comes on we all sing along – badly I might add, and that’s the fun of it!
5. Happy X-Mas (War is Over) – John Lennon
I really love this song, the anti-war message comes across so well and is something we should really still think about today – and not only once a year at Christmastime.
6. Last Christmas – Wham
Another one at the top of my playlists usually! I know some people don’t like this but again, it’s the fun of Christmas! Christmas is cheesy and fluffy, though the song is about a breakup I personally see it as a song of learning, growth and new beginnings… plus it’s just really catchy!
7. Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richards
Oh yes, I don’t think it matters how old you are, if you’re old enough to speak you’ll be signing along – whether the family force you or voluntarily, it’s one of those that you can’t help but go along with it.
8. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl
Yep, we’re going slightly old-school.. or at least for me it probably is, and it’s such a good one! It’s probably the weirdest Christmas song there is and yet when it comes on the radio – no matter who I’m with – it’s turned up and we’re all signing along! There’s something rather satisfying about it.
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Another classic, Frank Sinatra undeniably has a fantastic voice and this is one very popular song around this time of year. I actually didn’t know until writing this that it was Frank Sinatra so I’m definitely planning on looking up some more of his work.
10. Stay Another Day – East 17
I’m never sure why this one always comes on around Christmas but I can’t deny I really like the song. It’s one I always forget about then will hear it on The X Factor or some sort of playlist, remember how much I like it and then forget about it for another year – but I still like it nonetheless!
11. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Mel & Kim
There are a few versions of this song but I’ve chosen this one, I’m not 100% sure why? I wonder if I’ve grown up with it around the house, or if it’s all these years of watching the music video on the music channel on every Christmas playlist showing but I really like it! It’s fun, it’s corny, it’s Christmas.
12. Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness
Something a little different again, and why not? I feel like some people will like this song and others won’t but it’s one which fascinates me.
13. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
Just all around lovely and relaxes me, his voice is very soothing and the whole thing just puts a smile on my face.
14. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
I think this is another one I know mainly from a movie (Home Alone again?) but one which doesn’t fail to put you in a festive mood.
15. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
This is probably the only modern version of a song I have on here and that’s because I absolutely love the music video! It’s adorable and seriously makes me smile! It’s a great spin on an old favourite and I’m 100% a fan.
16, 17 & 18: Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid, Band Aid 20 & Band Aid 30
I’ve put these together, and put in all three, because I know that different people enjoy listening to different versions. I love all three, I just love the meaning behind the song and what the song sets out to achieve. Yes we should enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we shouldn’t forget those who aren’t as fortunate as we are at this time, or any time of year. We shouldn’t only think of them but actually do something to help, in any way we can.
19. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
We started with a bang so let’s end with one! This song, if this doesn’t get you in the mood for Christmas then I don’t know what will! This song is Christmas, it’s festive, it’s jolly and it puts you in a good mood and ready to tackle the days ahead.
You’ve probably noticed that there isn’t really any more modern songs by artists such as Leona Lewis, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber etc. but that’s because to me those aren’t classics that get me in the mood for Christmas. Obviously there will be new ones which come out and everyone will love them and that’s great, but until they come out I’ll stick with tradition for now.
As promised I’ve put in a link to the playlist created listing each song above – hopefully it puts a smile on your face, because that’s all I really want is to make you reading this smile, to lose yourself for a few minutes or an hour and be happy.
On a completely unrelated note it’s my Name Day today! Just thought I’d share that with you all!