A mixtape of Christmas songs

Posted on 13 December 2015
By Lucy Nowak
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When you think of Christmas you think of presents, lots of food, getting drunk and watching films, but Christmas songs really are the backdrop for the festive season.

They are our soundtrack to Christmas day, and when we hear our favourite Christmas songs they remind us of fond memories of Christmas days gone by.

Here is the ultimate guide of what to listen to when wrapping your presents and getting drunk with your nan.

1) The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl: Fairytale of New York

This Christmas classic has returned to the top 20 every December since it was released in 1988, and was re-released in 2012 to mark its 25th anniversary. With its questionable language, people of all ages find it hard not to giggle when singing along to this Christmas classic.

2) Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You

The second most popular Christmas song to be included in our guide, written and produced by Mariah herself, her flawless vocals get everyone singing over their mulled wine and trying but failing to reach that high note every year.

3) Slade: Merry Xmas Everybody

In 2007 this was voted the UK’s most popular Christmas Song and it sold over a million copies at its initial release. Noddy Holder’s unmistakable ‘IT’S CHRISTMASSSSS’ scream is one way to get any Christmas party started.

4) Wham!: Last Christmas

Heartthrob George Michael sets pulses racing in this Brit Award nominated Christmas video as he pursues his latest love interest in the snow. This song has been covered many times since its original release date in 1984, by artists including Ariana Grande and the Crazy Frog whose version reached number 16 in UK charts.

5) Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Last year, passionate Bob Geldof worked hard for the fourth time to gather current British and Irish music favourites to record a cover of the popular Christmas song, originally written in 1984 by Geldof himself together with Scottish singer-songwriter and musician Midge Ure, to raise money for the 1983-85 Ethiopian famine.

The original version of the song included musicians such as Bono, Paul Weller and George Michael.

The idea behind the Christmas song was so successful that it was repeated in 1989, and then again in 2004 to raise funds for Sudan’s region of Darfur. This is most probably the version you all sing along to every year over your turkey and mince pies.

This included more current artists such as Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Dizzee Rascal who added a well needed modern twist with a rap mid song.

6) Wizzard: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

This has been a firm favourite for years as soon as Christmas fever hits the country as the ultimate feel good Christmas song.

These songs are all classics, which have and will continue to be around for years. Merry Christmas everyone!