Ever since the wife acquired an iPod and speakers many moons ago, the Christmas play-list has been a feature of the festive season in the Adams household. I nearly used the word ‘treat’ there but then remembered it features some ghastly offerings such as ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham and ‘Wombling Merry Christmas’ by the Wombles. We have some debates about whether some qualify as Christmas songs, such as ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17 – my argument is that just because it happened to be a hit at Christmas and features some bells at the end, that doesn’t make it a Christmas song. The wife disagrees.
Over the last couple of years I’ve grown increasingly irritated by the fact that if I hear one track I instinctively know which is next, so I suggested to the current Mrs Adams that she at least changes the order. Failing to get any progress with that idea, I decided to create my own Christmas play-list. Naturally Wham got the boot, along with East 17 (because that’s not a Christmas song) and ‘Fairytale Of New York’ which (and I know this won’t be a popular opinion) I can’t abide.
In comes ‘Proper Crimbo’ by Bo Selecta (it’s crap but it’s funny), ‘Little Saint Nick’ by the Beach Boys, Bert Jansch’s version of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’, ‘Thanks For Christmas’ by XTC and ‘Christmastime’ by the Smashing Pumpkins which the wife consequently said she wanted too. And there it is, fifty-four top festive songs.
But then I started thinking… if I had to pick just ten, what would they be? This is tricky. A Christmas play-list spans the decades from the Rat Pack offerings of Dean and Frank, through the 1970′s hey-day of Christmas songs (Slade, Wizzard), through to the present day when Christmas songs are seen to be a bit naff. And then you need a bit of choral action. Tricky indeed… but here’s my top ten.
- I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake
- Happy Holiday – Andy Williams
- The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
- Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John and Yoko
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Perry Como
- Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
- O Holy Night – Nat King Cole
- Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
Okay, let the agreements and disagreements begin.