Monday, 20 December 2010

The Twelve Songs of Christmas

We've reached that stage now where Christmas songs are EVERYWHERE. Unlike some Ebenezer Scrooges, I don't mind that - puts me in a Christmassy mood. There's a reason I frequently get referred to as Tiny Tim around Christmas (and it's not just because I'm short).

But even I can find it a little tiresome hearing the same songs repeatedly - in shops, at work, on TV, on adverts, in the car...

So the last few Christmas Eves, while I've been holed up in my room with a big mug of cinnamon coffee and acres of wrapping paper, I've had my own Christmas playlist on.

And I am going to christen today Music Monday.

So here's my 12 absolute favourites: (because 12 is a Christmassy number)

1. Otis Redding - White Christmas
...just divine.

2. Jimmy Eat World - Last Christmas
A cover of the Wham classic with a slightly dialled-down cheese factor but somehow a little more bounce. (Not sure what the video is about... it's the only one I could find.

3. Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Mellow and sweet like roasted chestnuts. (I'm also a fan of the Mariah Carey version, though that might be more the musical equivalent of eggnog.)

4. Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas
Definitely nicked this one from The O.C.! (The Elvis Presley version is obviously wonderful too, duh.)

5. Owl City - The Christmas Song
Dead sweet. It's rare that Christmas songs acknowledge the Christian roots of the holiday, but Adam Young manages it in true Owl City style without being too schmultzy.

6. Low - Just Like Christmas
Jolly and alternative, definitely onto a winner.

7. Temptations - Silent Night
The kind of falsettos most men can only dream of.

8. Dean Martin - Let It Snow
Because a bit of Dean never goes amiss. A classic. "Well the weather outside is frightful, but the fiiiire is so delightful...", warms my cockles.

9. John Mayer - I'll Be Home for Christmas
Gorgeous man with a gorgeous talent.

For some reason I absolutely cannot embed videos any more (sad Charlotte), so follow this link or the one above instead.

Apologies for the number of sad-themed Christmas songs on here; I have to admit that if I want jolly at Christmas I head straight for the usual suspects, a few of my favourites being:

Whichever Christmas songs are your favourite, enjoy singing along at the top of your voice... that's what they're for. (And apologies again for the video fails, multiple.)

Ciao for now,


  1. Great picks! Some of my favorites as well! What a fun post!

  2. Ah yes, for some reason, Christmas songs never get old.

  3. thanks! sorry the videos are so volatile, technology has not been my friend today.

  4. I love the Mariah Carey one as well.. who doesn't! I also like the one that goes "Santa Baby, just hurry down the chimney tonight.." I don't know who sings it though...

  5. omg good choice! didn't even think of that one. i think the most famous version is the eartha kitt one (

    gonna be listening to this all evening now!

    merry christmas! xx