I had a different post to this scheduled for today – a recipe for potato scones; a Christmas tradition in our house. Instead, I’ve decided to spread a little Christmas cheer and talk about Christmas carols.
I’ll be honest: with very few exceptions, I never used to like them. I wanted to, but other than a soft spot for Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” – the vinyl of choice when we were growing up – they all seemed a tad…ummm…. stuffy. Although every time I hear “Frosty The Snowman” I think of one of my sisters who only knew the line “Frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way” and would play it over and over and flipping over.
These days I’m partial to a good Christmas song and have a playlist ready to go for the 1st Sunday in December all the way through until after Christmas lunch. I even have a secret – okay, not so secret now – wish to hear a choir in a church somewhere snowy and cold sing the traditional ones. One day.
Anyways, here’s my top 5 – in no particular order…
1. Do They Know It’s Christmas?
The original Band Aid version, of course.
This came out at a time when I was discovering my political leanings. I remember hearing about the food surpluses in the West and the starvation in Africa and was appalled. It was only many years later that I really began to understand the complexities of the situation.
I can still pick the voices of each artist.
2. Wham’s Last Christmas
Daggy but true. The original and the best.
I also like most of the cover versions – even Taylor Swift’s – which isn’t that great and Cascada’s – which is.
3. All I Want For Christmas is….
This is the only song by Mariah Carey that I can listen to without wincing.
I love the version in Love Actually, which is, actually, one of my favourite movies. I even like…and promise you won’t tell anyone…Justin Bieber’s duet of this with Mariah. Sad but true.
I can’t help but do a boob shimmy when the bells jingle in the start and always – even when I’m out – am tempted to try and hit that high note. My daughter tells me I fail to reach it. (Actually, what she really says is quite rude and unrepeatable – and unfair.)
4. It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas, The Pet Shop Boys
Given that I love pretty much everything PSB have ever done it stands to reason I’d adore this too. And I do. If you haven’t heard it, youtube it stat.
5. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Michael Buble
Choosing a favourite from the Bubble-man’s list is difficult, but this one is just so hopeful.
The best of the rest?
Happy Christmas (War is Over), John Lennon; A Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney; Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Kate Ceberano and David Campbell; White Christmas, Michael Buble or Bing Crosby; and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, another one by the Bubble. Who am I kidding? His entire Christmas album is an absolute classic. A new fave is She & Him’s Christmas albums (volume 1 and 2). If you haven’t come across these guys before they have a real retro 60s need a martini to go with that sort of sound – and do a fabulous version of The Christmas Song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
What about you? Are you a fan of the carol? If so, what’s your fave?
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There’s quite a few there that I enjoy I must say and you have made me realise that I have not listened to even 1 Christmas carol yet! Actually, I saw that Samantha Jade has a Christmas CD out and had a bit of a listen to the teasers and it sounds very nice. Contemplating adding it to my collection. Thanks for the reminder … I must put a Xmas CD on and try and get into the Christmas spirit! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife
I had a bit of a look at Samantha Jade’s album the other day and downloaded a couple. She does a lovely version of The Christmas Song. Yep, it’s time to get with the spirit!
There’s quite a few good ones on your list that I enjoy. I also listen to Diana Krall’s Christmas CD, just because I like her voice and jazz. #TeamLovinLife
I love the smoothness of Diana Krall’s voice – must have a listen. Enjoy what’s left of your week…
Initially I thought you meant traditional carols, like Jingle Bells etc… I don’t mind the idea of christmas themed songs…. I have a soft spot for WHAM’s Last Christmas and Band Aid’s Don’t They Know It’s Christmas – probably a similar vintage I suspect…
It’s probably more correct to call them Christmas themed songs…I have these soft focus ideas of listening to (traditional) carol singers in a village in England in the cold. Maybe next year…
Furnace’s whole Xmas album is HILARIOUS!! Weirdly I always like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen which is so sombre and churchy and I like Sleigh Bells. Happy xmas! May all your earworms be short.
Speaking of earworms, I made the mistake of listening to Furnace’s Longest Time (Xmas version)…now it’s ringing in my ears.
Excellent edit of the tunes of Christmas, Jo. In my younger years (!!) I was a sucker for the Christmas albums the ‘It’ band of the year would put out to possibly cash in on their chart-topping success. Those were the days!
Oh I used to do the same. I cringe at some of those versions!
We have the same top 3! My Christmas playlist has been on repeat since the end of November, I am a total Christmas carol tragic!
You know what they say about great minds thinking alike… lol
I’ve always loved that Maria song too!! One of my other favorite is an acapella group called Shaken not Stirred and their 12 days of christmas!!
Oh, I’ll have to check them out! Thanks Jodie…
Hi, Jo – I like your Christmas song choices. Here’s one of my holiday favs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9kfdEyV3RQ
You know what? I’ve always detested that song – Little Drummer Boy – until I saw that video. But that’s just a fabulous collab.
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