It’s that time of year again, with all the decorations up and the Christmas cards written out, we have decided to look at the top 10 Christmas songs of all time:
1. ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’- Mariah Carey
This Christmas song has been a classic since it was released in November 1994. This year marks the 20th year of the track and it never gets old. People young and old all sing along to this uptempo classic and you can’t help but feel merry as Mariah belts out the catchy vocals. Trey Songz released his version of ‘All I Want For Christmas’ earlier this week, to have a listen CLICK HERE. Other artists including Miley Cyrus, Micheal Buble and Big Time Rush have all put their own spin on the seasonal track.
2. ‘Last Christmas’- Wham!
‘Last Christmas’ was released 30 years ago this year and it is still a must-have Christmas song. It was released by British pop duo Wham! in December 1984 and was written and produced by band member George Michael. Other artists such as Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff and Ariana Grande have all made a remake of the definitive Christmas hit. Online streaming service, Spotify, have revealed that ‘Last Christmas’ was the most streamed single on Christmas day in 2013.
3. ‘Fairytale of New York’- The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
The Irish folk style ballad is said to be the most memorable Christmas song of all time. It was released on November 23rd 1987 and has reached the UK Top 20 11 times since its original release, including every year since 2005. The single become certified platinum in early 2013 for achieving one million sales. It is the most-played Christmas song of the 21st century although the record has received a lot of controversy over the years for its choice of lyrics in the second verse but the band members insist it was a bit of fun and no offense should be taken.
4. ‘Santa Baby’- Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt recorded ‘Santa Baby’ in New York in July of 1953 and released it in the Christmas period of the same year. The flirtatious ‘tongue-in-cheek’ song is an insight to a Christmas list addressed to Santa Claus. It’s a very catchy song and has been covered by musicians including Kylie Minogue, The Pussycat Dolls and Paloma Faith.
5. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’- Band Aid 30
Band Aid is a charity super-group featuring mainly British music acts. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. Singers participated in the song include George Michael, Paul Young and Bono. The song has been re-released 30 years on to raise money to prevent the spread of Ebola in third world countries. Artists in Band Aid 30 include Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, One Direction, Ellie Goulding and Bono who featured in the original Band Aid.
6. ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’- Wizzard
The track was released in December 1973 by British glam rock band, Wizzard. The highest the single has ever climbed to is number four in the UK charts. With a child choir singing in the background and a trumpet whisking you through the song, it’s hard not to feel christmassy.
7. ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’- Slade
‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ was released on the 7th December 1973 and became the UK’s Christmas number one that year. The song is sung by English rock band, Slade. It became the bands sixth number one. The single was certified platinum in December 1980 . As of December 2012, 1.21 million copies of the hit has been sold in the UK. “IT’S CHRISTMAAAS!”
8. ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’- Shakin’ Stevens
This Christmas classic was set to be released in December 1984 but was postponed a year so it wouldn’t clash with Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’. It was finally released in early December 1985 and was the Christmas number one for that year. Ever since its release, the song has been included on many top-selling Christmas collections and has received airplay every Christmas on TV and radio.
9. ”Wonderful Christmas Time’- Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney recorded ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ entirely on his own and was released on the 16th November 1979. This song definitely gets you in the Christmas spirit with bells and tambourines.
10. ‘Jingle Bell Rock’- Bobby Helm
Bobby Helm recorded and released ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ in 1957. The track is featured on the well known Christmas movie Jingle All The Way which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ is well known for being sung by Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert in the film, Mean Girls; the clip of the girls dancing and singing has been watched more than 14 million time son Youtube. To watch a clip of the girls performing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ CLICK HERE.