13 December 2015

Top 10 Christmas Songs

We always associate Christmas time with certain songs due to what was in the charts at the time

Plus we also have our favourites that we associate with various Christmas films, tv specials and parties

In this post I look at my top 10 favourite Christmas songs

I also did a sister post for the Top 10 Non-Christmas Christmas Songs

10. Elton John - Step Into Christmas

We start off this top 10 with a classic hit from Elton John

It only reached #24 in the UK charts in 1973 but now it's a staple hit and one you find on all Christmas compilation CD's

9. The Village People - Disco Santa

Some people say that this is one of the worst Christmas songs of all time but I absolutely love it

Featuring alternate lyrics to the Village People's own Macho Man and Y.M.C.A. this is one I always put on my playlist for Christmas

8. Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody!

A distinctive sound and when it entered the charts for Christmas 1973, it was #1 and stayed there well into february

It can also be heard playing in five episodes of Doctor Who 

  • The Christmas Invasion which was David Tennants first full episode with it playing in Mickey Smiths garage
  • The Runaway Bride when it is played at Donna Noble's wedding reception
  • Turn Left where it is heard on a car radio
  • The Power of Three where it was heard in the hospital where Rory works
  • and Last Christmas to keep Lola distracted from the Dream Crabs

7. The Muppets - It Feels Like Christmas

From The Muppets Christmas Carol

Featuring the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge played by Michael Caine, three Ghosts come to visit him to show him the error of his ways

The Ghost of Christmas Present  transports Scrooge around the city, showing him scenes of festivity and also deprivation that are happening as they watch, sprinkling a little warmth into not only the heart of Ebeneezer but of the viewers too

I always like putting on Muppets Christmas Carol when I'm wrapping my Christmas presents to get me into the spirit of the holiday :)

6. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

First released in november 1987, it was beaten to Christmas #1 by the Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

Since then it has been re-released 12 times and has reached the UK top twenty each time, and was certified platinum in the UK in 2013

The song has also been cited as the best Christmas song of all time in various tv, radio and magazine polls in the UK

Sadly Kirsty MacColl passed away on 18th of December 2000 in Mexico in a boat accident

5. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

In 1994 Mariah Carey released a Christmas album and decided to release this as a single

It only reached #2 in the UK chart as that years #1 was East 17 - Stay Another Day

Despite not getting #1, the song became one of the few modern additions to the classic Christmas songs 

4. John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Released in 1971 as the seventh single released by Lennon outside of his work with the Beatles

The song reached #4 in the UK charts that year to my utter astonishment! I thought it would be much higher. #1 that year was Bennie Hill - Fastest Milkman in the West

The message behind the song was tied into John Lennon and Yoko Ono's protest to the Vietnam war but sadly still has resonance today with everything that is going on in the World

3. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Another fantastic Christmas oldie, which was beaten to Christmas #1 in 1973 by Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody

This song to me has taken on much more sinister tones with the Black Mirror Christmas special

2. The Hives and Cindi Lauper - Christmas Duel

A special duet recorded by Swedish rock band the Hives

It was released in Sweden in 2008 and was #6 in the charts for that Christmas

The song juxtaposes really sweet music with nasty lyrics

"Who the Fuck anyway wants a Christmas tree?"

1. No Doubt - Oi To The World

Oi to the World! is a Christmas album released by the southern California punk rock band The Vandals

They maintained a close relationship with my favourite band of all time - No Doubt who covered the albums title track for a Christmas compilation in 1997

It has that distinctive ska and new wave sound which I love and has a great video of Gwen and the band enjoying themselves in India

Be sure to check out the other part of this Post - Top 10 Non-Christmas Christmas Songs

So what's YOUR favourite Christmas Song?

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