Here is my top 10 countdown of all time Best Christmas Songs to get you in to the festive spirit!
10. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
This one always conjured up thoughts of what it really would be like if it was Christmas everyday. I think the novelty would have probably worn off by day 3. Plus imagine how expensive it would be. No one going to work. It wouldn’t be good for the economy. Any way it just wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing this at least half a dozen times and twice on the day itself.
9. Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade
Originally released in December 1973, the song had around half a million back orders. It then went on to sell over 1 million copies and was still in the UK Singles Chart in February!
Slade reportedly earn over £500k in royalties from this song every year which is enough to keep Noddy Holder attuned to the life he is accustomed to. Many other artists have tried and failed but this one has stood the test of time. A Christmas Classic.
8. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole conjures up an idyllic picture of Christmas in this hit which was first released in 1946. This is a heart warming song all about the magic of Christmas. Nat King Coles’ silky smooth delivery is like a velvet blanket able warm even the coldest of December nights. Enjoy!
7. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
The sexiest Christmas song ever written. Eartha Kitt purrs more than sings the immortal line ‘been anawful good girl’ with an eyebrow raised. Countless other female artists have tried to match Eartha’s X appeal – the Pussycat Dolls, Madonna, Taylor Swift and even Missy Piggy – but none have come close This is the song that puts the X in X-mas.
6. Wham! – Last Christmas
Three chart facts: “Last Christmas” is the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach number one.
In Japan it has sold over 600,000 copies making it the best-selling single that did not reach that country’s top-10 chart.
This was a charity record with its proceeds going to famine relief in Ethiopia. Apart from “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” which prevented this from reaching #1, it is the biggest selling Christmas song in the UK. (George Michael features on both songs).
5. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
With global sales of over 14 million copies, the song remains Carey’s biggest hit globally and one of the best-selling singles of all time!
In terms of airplay (at least in America), this is by far the most successful Christmas song written after 1963, when Bing Crosby recorded “Do You Hear What I Hear?.” The most popular holiday songs on American radio were all written between 1934-1963, with “Sleigh Ride” (1948), usually the most-played.
4. Band Aid 1984 – Do They Know It’s Christmas
A song that’s sure to stir up emotion. Bob Geldof seems to divide opinion but no one can take take away the true sentiment and sincerity which shine through in this Christmas Classic. The orginal and still by far the best version in my opinion. The song has raised around £9m to good causes in Africa in the UK alone.
Fact: The single raised $14 million for famine relief in Africa. Geldof is Irish, so he cannot be knighted, but he did receive a KBE, which is equivalent and is popularly known as Sir or Saint Bob.
3. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Originally released back in 1983 this song reminds me of all the friends and family who are far away at Christmas.
2. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
For me Judy Garland was a class act and a very rare talent indeed. This song captures Judy Garland at her best. Many have tried but for me no one comes close to Miss Garland’s version of the song.
Fact: The song was first published in 1943 with lyrics by Ralph Blane and music by Hugh Martin. The song brought comfort to many American soldiers who were fighting overseas during World War II.
1. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York
This is more than a Christmas song, this was written straight from the heart and is why it is my number one Christmas Song of all time. Here are a couple of facts about the song. Did you know Shane MacGowan was born on Christmas Day?
Fact: This song is about Irish people who emigrated to America in the 19th century to escape the potato famine and in hope of making it as entertainers in New York. Many didn’t, however, and ended up homeless. It is also said to come from a desire to move away from tacky Christmas songs and to highlight the fact that a lot of people have a terrible time at Christmas.