Whilst the far and few complain and groan whenever they hear the slightest jingle of a sleigh bell, the Winter season would not be complete without Christmas music. Some will cover their ears and protest that the songs are irritating, before finding they are humming these tunes to themselves, transfixed in the addictive spell the melodies hold. Others will have these songs on full blast as soon as Halloween ends. Personally, I tend to be a ‘Christmas-starts-on-December-1st’ person, but with lockdown and all this extra time on my hands, I couldn’t resist getting my festive spirit underway.
Without further ado, grab a hot chocolate or a mulled wine, get those decorations down from the loft, get your Christmas cooking on the go, or finally begin to fill out cards, as my Christmas playlist is sure to warm your soon-to-be tinsel wrapped heart.
Papa Elf – Elf Soundtrack
Elf is my favourite Christmas film, and the opening music is enough to get any festive blood pumping. For those who have never watched Elf, Will Ferrell stars as ‘Buddy the Elf’, a human who was raised by Christmas elves. After realising he does not belong in the elf world, he travels from the North Pole to New York, to find his real Dad. As he enters the real world, Buddy sees that no-one, including his own family, has any Christmas spirit and does his best to bring some into the world. This year, Christmas will be a difficult time for a lot of people with COVID-19 massively affecting income and family loss. So what better way to start a festive playlist with the track from a film all about believing in Christmas. This song is also great to drive to, so while you’re driving home for Christmas, make sure this is turned up.
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
This is my favourite Christmas song of all time. It is happy, upbeat, and almost welcomes everyone to the festive season. Christmas is a time to be lively and full of happiness, and this track fills my heart to the brim of Christmas spirit. With catchy tunes, a funky piano and cheerful lyrics, it is hard not to get the old moves going.
Now I have shown you my opening tracks, it is time to talk about the King of Christmas. From ‘It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas’ to ‘Cold December Night’, Bublé knows how to warm hearts on a cold night. One of my favourite parts of Christmas is my youngest sister, my cousin and I, all gathering together to decorate my gran’s tree whilst listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. In this time of uncertainty and waiting for reviews on tiers, it is difficult to know whether we will be able to do that this year. Even though this Christmas is going to be a lot different, Michael Bublé’s album will remind me of a happier Christmas but also to be thankful for what I do have this year. Bublé’s voice is calming and warm, making his Christmas songs chilled but jazzy at the same time.
Christmas definitely would not be the same without the classics. These are the songs that come on at Sainsbury’s far too early in the year, everyone complains about it and announces at the dinner table how outrageous it is to hear Christmas music before Halloween.
Songs like ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ and ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, are all songs that everyone knows. The energy that the artists bring to these tunes certainly gets those Christmas boogies defrosted once your auntie has had too much to drink. Also, songs like ‘Stop the Cavalry’, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ are slightly slower songs but still have a strong dance feel.
Not forgetting the females of Christmas, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue and The Ronettes. ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is an iconic song for those who want a winter romance, have a winter romance, or just think it is a bop.
Finally, although incredibly controversial, ‘Fairytale of New York’ reminds me of fun college days. Thankfully, the new modification of the song brought out this year gives a more inclusive listen. You can’t have a Christmas without your parents telling you how Kirsty MacColl tragically lost her life in a boat accident whilst she was diving with her family in 2000, so this song remains a favourite in my playlist.
I hope you all enjoy Christmas songs as much as I do, and that you think my playlist is as festive as Santa’s sleigh. Whatever holidays you celebrate through the Winter, I wish you all the best!