You know it’s Christmas when it’s the 1st November and you are stood in the supermarket looking at the extortionately priced tins of Quality Street and a tinny version of Do They Know It’s Christmas is blaring out at irritated shoppers who haven’t even eaten all the Halloween candy they got for the Trick or Treaters.
A Christmas song is a staple of the festive period, that race for Christmas number one, wanting to weep when yet another new version of Do They Know It’s Christmas is released so today I’m talking about Christmas Songs, my favourites, the ones that annoy me and the one’s that shouldn’t even be a Christmas song. I’m looking at you Mad World.
Now, it may be controversial but personally I think one of the worst Christmas songs is that Band Aid classic – every version is just awful. I also hate Merry Xmas (War is Over) by John and Yoko.
For me, if I haven’t heard Merry Christmas Everyone by the legend that is Shakin’ Stevens then it just isn’t Christmas. It’s got everything a classic Christmas song needs, a catchy chorus, it mentions snow, presents, mistletoe, it basically describes everything you should be doing for the whole of the festive period.
Snow is fallin’
All around me
It’s the season
Love and understanding
Merry Christmas everyone
Time for parties
All night long
Time for presents
And exchanging kisses
Time for singing Christmas songs
Another big favourite of mine has to be Wombling Merry Christmas. I love The Wombles and I think this is an excellent Christmas message – we should wish our loved ones a Wombling Merry Christmas. I certainly intend to Womble in the snow should the occasion arise.
Another favourite of mine is Rockin Around The Christmas Tree by Mel and Kim. The video featured Smith & Jones who I thought were hilarious.
Another tune worth a mention is of course Wham’s Last Christmas – a sombre message of what you should do if the girl you give a special gift too at Christmas regifts it to her new boyfriend. If the video is anything to go by what George Michael thinks you should do is rock up to the same Christmas party and watch her creepily from afar.
Of course I have my sing along favourites, Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (I doubt that’s true though Mariah), The Pogues – Fairy Tale of New York. There are simply thousands of Christmas classics keeping musicians in royalties.
Let’s take a minute to talk about songs that have nothing to do with Christmas, yet weirdly feature in every Christmas song countdown. I’m talking about East 17 – Stay Another Day.
This song has literally nothing to do with Christmas, nothing at all and yet every Christmas we are forced to endure it. A furry parka and some snow does not a Christmas song make Brian Harvey.
S Club 7 are guily of this too, sang a song that has nothing to do with Christmas but pop on some furry coats, add some snow and voila Jo, Paul, Tina, Rachel, Jon, Bradley and Hannah are making money every Christmas without even getting off the sofa or singing about Christmas.
At this time of year, you can’t pop the radio on without a Christmas song blaring out but whether it is Stop the Cavalry, Little Drummer Boy (hands up who remembers the weird David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet version of this) or It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas, I know I will be singing along at the top of my voice (You’re welcome Neil by the way) and thanking my lucky stars that Mudd, Slade and Wizzard exist to bring me Christmas joy every year.
What is your favourite festive tune? Let me know below.