This morning, I found myself in the library working my way through one of three hefty assignments I have due this week. Because it’s now December and ’tis the season, I resorted to a Spotify playlist of Christmas songs to try and perk myself up.
Being a Brit, I would say I’m more than a bit biased towards the corny Christmas songs that our rockers and crooners of the past have churned out, as opposed to the ‘traditional’ tracks that are known more globally. The British classics include ‘Merry Christmas, Everybody’ by Slade, ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard (a particular favourite of mine) and ‘Christmas Time’ by the Darkness. I’m not much of a Mariah girl, nor does White Christmas really do anything for me – sorry guys!
As great as all the British Christmas songs that are due to start flooding the charts around about now, this post is more of a celebration of the Christmas songs that go largely unnoticed. The playlist I had on in the library was full of little gems I’d forgotten all about!
- Christmas Lights, by Coldplay (right) is such a nice little Christmas song. It reminds me of the warm feeling on Christmas Eve, sitting together in the lounge drinking hot drinks with the lamps dimmed and the lights on the Christmas tree flickering away. Lovely!
- Bad Religion’s Christmas album is something I only discovered last year, thanks to having a Dad with a really obscure music taste. The album is a heavier take on traditional Christmas hymns, to put things nicely, but it was the soundtrack to our putting-up-the-tree evening last year and I loved it. If you’re into rock music I’d recommend it.
- Annie Lennox’s cover of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is another one of my Dad’s Christmas picks. I’ve put it on just now and it’s given me an excited shivery feeling.
- Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name Of had to make this list purely for the inside joke it’s given the whole of the UK. Who could forget Christmas 2009, where a Facebook campaign saw RATMs hit beat Joe McElderry’s X Factor winner’s single to the coveted #1 spot? Not me. I remember listening to the radio with my brother, and all the excitement that followed the announcement. Nothing like a bit of ‘FUCK YOU, I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!’ to get you feeling festive.
I bloody love Christmas music.
Until next time,