i always give in to christmas songs for the last week or so…
band aid – do they know its christmas
the original is still the best even if supremely irritating bono is in it spreading his smugness instead of charity spirit. bananarama look pissed off as usual, in the video. a riot of mullets, 80s plaid and britishness. although i saw the 1989 version today and thought, what on earth happened to matt goss? he actually could sing.
donny hathaway – this christmas
i love donny hathaway’s voice. i love this song for being instantly recognisable yet slightly under the radar – if it hadn’t been covered by ashanti, usher, chris brown, destiny’s child, joe, slaguilera and countless others.
elton john – step into christmas
part of the all-conquering 70s christmas lineup that gets rolled out every year. reminds me of my first ever saturday job circa 1991.
mariah carey – all i want for christmas
has become a christmas classic and possibly the last great christmas song that was recorded. roxanne cooper from pop idol 3 did a decent cover version. mariah is trying to be too cute in her santa outfit though.
luther vandross – please come home for christmas
soulful remake of the eagles original, as covered by bon jovi.
nkotb – i’ll be missing you come christmas
i loved this. i was 14 and in love with jordan knight and thought i would be forever. i can barely remember the rest of the nkotb christmas album apart from a woeful cover of little drummer boy by danny ‘horseface’ wood.
paul mccartney – wonderful christmastime
very hazy memories of this from my childhood. can’t believe i’m featuring a fab macca thumbs aloft track on my blog. what next – the frog chrous?
slade – merry christmas everybody
obvious, but you can’t leave it off the playlist.
stevie wonder – what christmas means to me
tlc – sleigh ride
fun track from their ‘oooh on the tlc tip’ era. not a dayglo condom in sight though.
wham – last christmas
possibly the best christmas song ever. love watching the video and working out whether it was obvious that george was gay. some scary fair isle sweaters are present but everyone dressed like that in 1984.
wizzard – i wish it could be christmas everyday
i actually prefer this to slade. i know a lot of people think that this is by slade. most of the 70s glam rock bands do look and sound exactly the same…