Okay, so we’ve gone through some of the less well known ones, how about the famous Christmas songs…
1) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
“The best one”
Despite all the truly awful cover versions (yes, you Buble) this is quite simply the best Christmas song ever recorded. Phil Spector’s kitchen sink (in a good way) production, Darlene Love’s beautiful voice and the classic lyrics of a lost love at Christmas.
2) Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
“The ’70s one”
Sorry Roy Wood, Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday misses out. Straddling the line between pub band and glam, Slade are pretty underrated (especially when you consider that they were writing song titles without the benefit of autocorrect) This song became a bit of a millstone for the band – one summer they ended up playing it at the Reading festival. Still a great track though.
3) Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
“The depressingly still relevant one”
While I’m not quite sure if calling anyone the “yellow and red ones” is politically correct anymore, the central message of this song, that “war is over, if you want it” is as pertinent today as it’s ever been. I guess we just don’t want it.
4) Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
“The kind of rap by a former punk band one”
Hailing from the “rubber city” Akron, they finished the ’70s by making interesting records like The Comb that no-one has ever heard. By the ’80s, they’d gone a bit more pop with I Know What Boys Like before this became a hit at the second time of asking in 1983.
5) Fairytale of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
“The drunk sweary one”
“Happy Christmas yer arse!” – we all have moments at this time of year when we feel like this. Can you believe that this was kept off the top of the Christmas charts by Pet Shop Boys cover of Elvis’s You Were Always On My Mind. Strange days indeed.
6) All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
“The really cheesy one”
If you can’t have a bit of cheese at Christmas when can you have some? Seriously, stop being a hipster for five minutes and actually enjoy yourself in a non-ironic way!
Bubbling under: Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie. Its anti-war message probably means that it is a favourite around the Corbyn household. I’ve mentioned it as an excuse to put in a link to You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At parties
Originally published on the On Nottingham website