[Aiden Perrins | Contributing Writer]
Everyone knows it’s Christmas time when the songs are playing everywhere, the shops, the radio, the TV. The other thing we all know is that the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. So get ready as we list the best Christmas songs to belt out with your friends and family.
All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey) – Who doesn’t love to do their best impression of Mariah Carey during the holidays? This song is one that everyone loves not only for it’s Christmassy feel and uplifting melody but also the sweetness of the lyrics and the emotion you can hear in her voice. Just remember to be careful of nearby glass when trying to hit those high notes guys.
Fairytale of New York (The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl) – This is the perfect couple duet for yuletide karaoke. It is also best known for those primary school Christmas discos waiting to hear the swearing in it, which at the time was some of the worst language we knew of. But even without that it’s still simply a great song to listen to and have a good old sing song this holiday.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Band Aid) – Re-recorded this year, the charity single above all other charity singles is emotionally moving and although keeping with Christmas spirit is a gentle reminder of what is happening around the world. Whatever your opinion of Bob Geldof may be, his charity work with Band Aid is helping people all around the world throughout the year.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Various Artists) – There have been so many covers of this classic song throughout the years it’s hard to know who to name. The first version to chart was in 1963 by the Four Seasons and the covers have not stopped since. Everyone knows the words to this song and can enjoy some impromptu carolling at anytime we hear it.
Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade) – As soon as Christmas day arrives we all have that inner Noddy Holder screaming “It’s Christmasssss”. This is such a classic Christmas song to get people in the mood for turkey, family, laughter, drinking, and, of course, presents.
White Christmas (Bing Crosby) – Aren’t we all dreaming of a white Christmas really? The crisp snow on the ground to make Christmas look how it should, just like on the Christmas cards. This slow song can really take the edge off what can be quite a stressful time of year, depending on how far ahead you plan your festivities.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Woody Herman) – Another song with many covers, however the original came out in 1946 recorded by Woody Herman. Much like White Christmas, this song reflects how we want Christmas to go, with a delightful fire inside whilst unique snowflakes float gently to the ground outside.
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard) – No Christmas party is complete without a little bit of magic from Wizzard. Wishing it could be Christmas everyday is probably not something that happens often in real life, but it’s a lovely thought nonetheless and brings merriment to all occasions.
Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) – With popular covers from the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Ariana Grande; this song adds a little cheekiness to the festive season. All about a woman wanting extravagant gifts such as yachts and convertibles, there is something about this song which definitely sets off the nerves of men all around the world.
Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin’ Stevens) – This just brings a sense of joy to everyone at Christmas time. When Mr Stevens comes on the radio whilst you’re driving around looking for a last minute present for that uncle you forgot existed you know everything is going to be just fine.