My top 10 favourite Christmas songs
19th November 2018
Music is an integral part of the Christmas season. We’ve put together a list of 10 of our favourite Christmas songs, and why we think they’re so magical…
98 Degrees – If every day could be Christmas
A controversial first choice, I know. Released in 1999 (the heyday of the boy band) the opening lyric is “If every day could be Christmas, what a wonderful world this would be” It would be wonderful! As a huge fan of the season and the feelings it evokes, I love the idea behind that line.
Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
Fun fact – This song was written in the summer! In an effort to “stay cool, think cool” The song was written around a piano in less than 40 minutes in 1945.
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
What’s a Christmas playlist without Bing? This is one of the biggest selling Christmas songs of all time. Throughout the song, Bing references classic Christmas themes such as sleigh bells, snow, and glistening treetops. The song is beautiful in simplicity, and the aged, slightly muffled quality of the audio adds to its vintage appeal.
Celine Dion – The Prayer
This duet is recorded in two different languages: Celine Dion performing the English and Andrea Bocelli translating in Italian. To me, the song is breath-taking, a gorgeous duet and will sure to send chills up your spine.
Mariah Carey – Christmas (baby please come home)
No, not the one you were thinking? To me, Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ has fallen into the Christmas Party classic collection – along with Slade, The Pogues, and Wizzard. It’s well overplayed. I find this one far more Christmassy and have many happy memories through it.
Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home for Christmas
My all-time favourite artist – and band. When this song was released Christmas of 1994, I played the cassette continuously. With the addition of Cindy Crawford in the music video, what’s not to love about this classic cover song?
Vonda Shepard – This Christmas
Did you watch Ally McBeal? Another late 90’s classic (I guess this shows my age!). The TV show was huge and the soundtrack to it just as popular. This track appeared on Vondas’
2000 album “A Very Ally Christmas” alongside Robert Downey Jr and Bruce Springsteen. It reminds me of living at home and those family Christmases growing up.
Wham! – Last Christmas
The biggest selling no2 Christmas record, beaten to no1 in 1984 by Band Aid ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’. Since George’s death on Christmas day in 2017, there has been a campaign to get this song to number one. I’m an 80’s child so this is another classic that reminds me of childhood Christmases.
N’Sync – O Holy Night
A beautiful version of a beautiful song. N’Sync’s harmonious tones really add depth to this song and never fails to give me goosebumps. Another 90’s release, I had this CD on repeat constantly whilst putting up my tree.
Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas
Frank sings of gatherings among family and friends for the Christmas festivities, and it’s easy to reflect on your own memories as you listen along. There are many adaptations of this song (including this one, as it’s not the original), but there’s no denying the warm feelings and visions of a lovely Christmas morning that come with hearing Sinatra’s classic version.