As we’re nearly 2 weeks into the New Year, Christmas is starting to feel like it was a long time ago. So let’s reminisce and look back at the festive songs that blessed our eardrums, as I choose my top 5.
5. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (1987)
This classic song by Irish punk group The Pogues features British singer Kirsty MacColl. The song isn’t exactly the happiest Christmas song, as they sing about their youthful hopes crushed byalchoholism and drug addiction, as they reminisce and bicker on Christmas Eve. The track was number 1 in the ‘VH1 greatest Christmas song chart’ three years running, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
4. Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas (1988)
This single by Chris Rea never really made it in the charts, but is recognised as a classic Christmas song and has been covered by many artists including Michael Ball, Saint Etienne, Stacey Solomon & Joe McElderry. In my opinion, like many things, the original is still the best.
3. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984)
Band Aid was a charity supergroup founded by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. The song became the UK best-selling single in history until 1997. In 1989 a new version was recorded by ‘Band Aid II’ and became the UK number 1 single for 3 weeks, but failed to make as much historical recognition as the original. Then in 2004, ‘Band Aid 20’ was formed (again by Bob Geldof, along with modern artists and a handful of the original artists) and became the UK number one single for 4 weeks.
2. Coldplay – Christmas Lights (2010)
This is the most modern Christmas song on my list, and I believe it could well become a classic in the future. Classic Christmas songs are rare to come by nowadays, with TV shows like ‘The X Factor’ normally dominating the Christmas charts. This is the first Christmas song in a while that has actually felt ‘Christmassy’. I believe this song will be a classic in the years to come.
1. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
“IT’S CHRIIIIISTMAAASSSSSSSSS!!” This is my childhood favourite. The excitement and energy of this song never fails to get me feeling festive. The track beat ‘Wizard’s’ ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ for the UK Christmas number 1 spot respectively, and has been number 1 in the UK for a total of 9 weeks.
These are my top 5 Christmas songs, but everybody has different tastes. So what would you say your top 5 would be?