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Our 20 Favourite Christmas Songs

by Abbie Franks |

As the one-week countdown to Christmas has just begun, we’re here to remind you of 20 festive hits which will be sure to get you into the Christmas spirit (that’s if you’re not already). You can listen to each one individually below, or scroll to the bottom for a link to our Spotify playlist!


20. Eagles: Please Come Home for Christmas

We’re beginning our chart with a slow one from rock band Eagles, covered and released 1978.

19. Bing Crosby: White Christmas

A seasonal classic is up next, and one which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Wrote by Irving Berlin for the 1942 movie musical “Holiday Inn”, the song has been covered by over 150 artists, including: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and the Supremes.


18. Brenda Lee: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree became a hit in 1960 with 13-year-old Brenda Lee on vocals and Boots Randolph owning the effortless saxophone solo. The song was written by Johnny Marks, who has also written the likes of  ‘Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘I Heard The Bells of Christmas Day’.


17. Elton John: Step into Christmas

One to get you jiving is Elton John's 'Step into Christmas'.  The rollicking tune was released in 1973 and was performed in true Elton John style with a red feather bower around his neck.


16. Andy Williams: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Written in 1963 by Eddie Pola and George Wyle, this popular Christmas song has been featured in a number of films, including Home and Alone 2. You may have also heard a spoof rendition most recently too, as it has been covered by DRAM for 
this year's Sprite advert. It's the "Thirstiest Time of Year", apparently. 

15. Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas was first recorded in 1948, but was most popularly performed as a rock 'n' roll seasonal classic in 1957 by the late Elvis Presley. 

14. Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime

A upbeat tune which is bound to get your head bobbing. Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmastime' was released in 1979 and apparently provides him with an extra $400,000 every year when including royalties from covers.


13. Shakin' Stevens: Merry Christmas Everyone

 Shot in Lapland and released in 1985, 'Merry Christmas Everyone' gave Shakin' Stevens his 4th chart topper. 


12. Frank Sinatra: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 An easy-listen, delightful Christmas classic from 1959.


11. Johnny Cash: The Little Drummer Boy

 Next is one of many versions of 'The Little Drummer Boy'. Johnny Cash released the cover in 1994, as a collaborative effort with Neil Young. 


10. The Jackson 5: Santa Clause is Coming to Town

Juxtaposing with 'The Little Drummer Boy' is 'Santa Clause is Coming to Town', released in 1970. It's a jivey Motown record and belongs to the Jackson 5 Christmas Album.


9. Frank Sinatra: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Another one from Frank Sinatra is 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', written by Judy Garland in 1944. Again a song which has been covered by a number of musicians,  including the likes of: Sam Smith, Christin Aguilera and Rod Stewart.


8. Band Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas?

The popular 1984 charitable song was originally made up of a supergroup of singers including: The Darkness, Bono and Paul McCartney. It took the UK Number 1 spot for five weeks and since then has been re-recorded three times, in 1989, 2004 and 2014.


7. Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You

A song which often sets off the yearly festivities is Mariah Carey's pop song 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'. Originally released in 1994, it's a relatively new song compared to others in our chart.



6. The Darkness: Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells-end)

A pretty recent Christmas song, with a definite Darkness-twist. The rock band do well at adding a glimmer of parody to an otherwise standard Christmas song. 



5. Chris Rea: Driving Home For Christmas

Chris Rea's jazz-led 'Driving Home For Christmas' is a perfect festive song. It's been used in popular adverts for the likes of Sainsbury's and Shelter, and has continued to provide true joyous feelings since its release in 1988.


4. The Pogues: Fairytale of New York

In a recent Twitter 'World Cup' created by Richard Osman, the Pogues took the Number 1 spot for The Best Christmas Song. They've come 4th in our chart, but they're definitely one of our Christmas essentials.


3. John Lennon: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Released in 1971 and written by the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 'Happy Xmas' is a truly sentimental and special song for the Christmas season. 


2. Slade: Merry Xmas Everyone

Nothing screams the beginning of the festive season more than the sound of Noddy Holder's 'It's Christmas'. 'Merry Xmas Everyone' takes the runner up spot because it's bound to get every family member ready for Christmas.


1. Wham!: Last Christmas

Wham's 'Last Christmas' has been a popular hit since its release in 1986. It's currently battling to be the UK's Number 1 to commemorate George Michael, and due to his untimely death last year it may now be even more special.

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