Christmas isn’t Christmas until you listen to these absolute classics! As the festive season fast approaches, we’re getting into the spirit with our seasonal playlist! Featuring everything from yuletide chart-toppers to delightful golden oldies, they’re perfect for playing on the Christmas car trip or enjoying by the fireplace. Pour yourself another glass of fruity yogurty deliciousness, cuddle up with your loved ones and relax with our top 10 Christmas songs. You’ll be humming along in no time!
‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!
Sure, it spins heavily in every supermarket from October through to January, but there’s something about the cheesy chorus and soulful hook that we can’t resist. A favourite of pop-obsessed ‘80s teenagers, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s classic tune is perfect for a Christmas-y singalong.
‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ by Slade
The perfect blend of optimism and nostalgia, Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ jumped straight to number one when it was released in December 1973 – not bad for a song that was written in the shower!
‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey
This durable festive favourite is everything a Christmas pop song should be: fun, upbeat, romantic, instantly catchy and karaoke-friendly. And it immediately makes us think of that other holiday classic, Love Actually. Sit down to a screening with an Optiwell in hand!
‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby
When it comes to Christmas classics, Bing Crosby set the bar. Whose heart doesn’t melt just a little whenever you hear his rendition of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ on the radio? The best-selling single ever, it’s sold over one-hundred million copies to date!
‘Blue Christmas’ by Elvis Presley
The gold standard for Christmas tunes, ‘Blue Christmas’ became an instant classic after appearing on Presley’s 1957 Christmas album. The Beach Boys, Cyndi Lauper and others went on to record their own versions, but nothing beats the original.
‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues
Shane MacGowan and the late Kirsty McColl make an unlikely musical pairing on this classic Christmas tune about a couple fallen on hard times. Achingly beautiful and bittersweet, nothing beats that swelling string arrangement at the end. A decidedly non-cheesy option for when you’re tired of listening to songs about snow and sleigh rides and need to cut through the sugar!
‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s celebrity-spangled pop hit was certainly for a worthy cause – and to this day, it manages to fill up the dance floor whenever played at office Christmas parties.
‘I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus’ by The Ronettes
A cheeky hit made famous by one of our favourite ‘60s girl groups! We just love their renditions of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’ too!
‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ by Judy Garland
A warm and fuzzy reminder of one of our favourite Christmas flicks, 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis. You can almost feel the fire crackling and see your grandmother baking shortbread as it plays.
‘Mary’s Boy Child’ by Harry Belafonte
‘Mary’s Boy Child’ made it to number one not once, but twice! The first time was when it was recorded by master crooner Harry Belafonte in 1956. Then Boney M worked their magic on it with a 1978 disco version – complete with a capella vocals and steel drums!
What tops your list? And what makes you switch the station? Be sure to share, then enjoy these tunes with festive fruity yogurty deliciousness in hand!