Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! From late-November onwards, Christmas songs become inescapable. This list has both in droves, including an absolute cracker from drag icon RuPaul, so put on your Santa hat and get fully into the Christmas spirit. Owing to Justin Hawkins and the boys of the Darkness' kitchen sink approach to festive songwriting, this surprise Number 2 hit song has somehow stood the test of time.
It is, as they say, as camp as Christmas. Originally released as a fanclub-only single in , Tennant and Lowe's Christmas offering is a sweetly sardonic dance banger which name-checks Bing Crosby and ' this year's festive number one'.
It captures the mix of ambivalence and warmth that Christmas can somehow conjure up pretty perfectly. Who cares about the provenance, however, when the beats are this big? If the idea of a modern-day Christmas song makes you recoil in horror, then you clearly haven't heard Leona Lewis' take on child-like pre-Christmas excitement. It's got everything a good festive fave should have: too many bells, a yearning twinge directed at a distant lover on their way home for Christmas Day and vocal acrobatics that you're bound to recreate after too many bubbles on the big day.
This is Christmas cynicism at its most tuneful. Intended as a denouncement of the increasing commercialisation of the festive season, Greg Lake inadvertently crafted a folk-prog Christmas classic.
Singer Elizabeth Fraser could have plumbed the aching sadness of snowman existence but instead her vocals are all shimmering colours and dancing forest fairies. When the overlapping harmonies come in around you know that this Christmas is going to be pretty magical. Ye raps about unwrapping removing the knickers from his Christmas present, Jim Jones proposes we party till dawn and Big Sean says… well, not much at all.
But with a slick soul-sampling beat from Hit Boy and bags of braggadocious charm, this is a head-bobbing holiday treat. Give it a listen anyway, though, because with that irresistible Motown swing and a harmonica solo thrown in this is ahem a cracker. Noddy Holder and his troupe of platform-wearers continue to blight our television screens each December with their frightening fashion sense. The sound of a man beating his chest! Crammed full of sleigh bells and lyrically sparse it may be, but somehow indie rockers Low managed to do the unthinkable in create a genuinely cool Christmas song.
Sometimes the old tunes are the best. Oh, and her high note towards the end is a moment. Yeah, go on, put a little love in there. You could do that. Scary Christmas. Today it retains a towering presence in the Christmas canon, as synonymous with the holiday as tinsel and paper crowns. Think you had a bad Christmas last year when you burned the turkey?
The results are No one does Christmas quite like our Sufjan. This could be a good one to change up the vibe from Christmas lazing to some Christmas loving. Despite not even managing to break the top fifty when it was first released, it has become an enduring holiday favourite and spawned plenty of covers. A fine achievement. Good old Macca. This little ditty isn't going to shake up your festive paradigm, but it won't half stick in your head. The King adds some characteristic swagger to this cover of the country original. And since the song is mainly used as a bargaining tool by parents, it does make sense to have kids on the mic.
Clearly people of all generations and nationalities are able to enjoy this harmless slice of Christmas cheese. This year, it's bound to be helped along a bit by Elton's irresistibly nostalgic appearance in the John Lewis Christmas ad. Rat Pack star Martin recorded this version in , fifteen years after it was originally sung by Frank Loesser and his wife at the end of a party — as a gentle suggestion that their guests should probably get going. The lyrics have caused some controversy does the female companion really want to stay or is she being held against her will?
At the beginning of this somewhat unlikely Christmas smash, you can hear the moment at which hip hop arrived. The power of Christmas nostalgia itself is greater than real memories. Is this the most moving Christmas tune of all time? Will this year be the one it finally hits the top? Frankly, only a festive fool would count it out. Go to the content Go to the footer Close London icon-chevron-right London. Time Out London. Get us in your inbox Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from your city and beyond.
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