Building a Christmas Playlist
So. I’ve put off publishing this article for a little while. The reason being that I am the type of person who is excited about Christmas from November onwards. My mother, by comparison, thinks that Christmas Eve is the only acceptable time to start celebrating the festivities. So I’ve tried to respect those that think it was too early when I started writing this (15th November if you must know), but enough is enough. It’s freaking Christmas.
I love Christmas so much because since I went away to uni, it is the one time of year that I can guarantee being with my family all together around the kitchen table (an increasingly common situation in modern society I imagine.) We play board games, eat way too much food, and watch films, and for us music is a huge part of that. Here are some of my building blocks for any good Christmas playlist. I’ve included mostly what I consider to be underrated songs, which you can add the classics to.
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
I couldn’t not start with this song. Let’s face it, no Christmas playlist is complete without this classic. Perfect for belting out at parties whilst pretending to know all of the words. Also if you have any pent up Christmas aggression, this song has the perfect verse to let that out. Ready everyone? “YOU SCUMBAG YOU MAGGOT YOU CHEAP LOUSY FAGGOT…”
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer-Mary J Blige
I know. This song got old when you were seven years old. But the goddess that is Mary J Blige breathes new life into it. She makes it cool. So so cool. (See what I did there?)
Let It Go – Idina Menzel (Frozen)
No. You protest. This is not a Christmas song! This is Disney! But, dear friends, I promise you that this is a great song to play at any Christmas party. From inebriated young adults, to parents who think they’re cool, to sugar hyped children. There will be a large demographic of people at any party that will enjoy singing their tits off to this. Also the film is about snow. If Let It Snow is a classic, then why not let it go?
Dominick the Donkey – Lou Monte
I love this song because it’s just so ridiculous. Let me list all the things about this song that make me happy.
1. It’s about a Donkey.
2. The Donkey is a Christmas Donkey
3. The Donkey is called Dominick (with a ck), and animals that have human names are the best things ever.
4. He’s Italian. Dominick the Donkey is Italian.
5. Chickety Chinck Hee Haw Hee Haw
To continue on the Donkey theme (the most underrated part of the Christmas story in my opinion), this is on here purely because it’s hilarious. This is an old family favourite. My Dad is a massive massive fan. This makes me laugh so so so much.
Stay Another Day – Rae Morris
We all know this as a cheesy boyband classic. I’ve never really thought of this as a Christmas song, but this lovely rendition by Rae Morris has all the bells you could wish for. I love the little nod to Silent Night in the middle.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
This song is so cute and self explanatory as to why it’s on the list. It’s a corker to sing along to, and it’s just a great one to make you nice and happy on the day. Besides you’ve got to have a couple of classics in there somewhere.
Hark the Herald – Felix Mendelssohn
This one is for anyone who has ever had to sing in a Christmas church service or seasonal choral concert. Not really for banging party use, but this rousing tune is sure to fill you with with Christmas spirit. And it’s got a cracking descant for all those sopranos out there.
Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
So I know the more well known version of this song has vocals to it, but I love the original one so much because I think that it’s so much more Christmassy! You can hear bells and clicking reindeer’s hooves and everything!
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
The King brought this song out in 1957, and it’s still one of the best Christmas songs to date. It’s so beautiful. Also you’ll win brownie points with any older relatives who are visiting.
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Sara Bareilles & Seth Macfarlane
So Seth Macfarlane released a Christmas album not so long ago, and this live performance of one of the tracks is just great. We all know this song backwards, but this versions is made original by his charm, and her stunning vocals. This truly feels like a modern twist on an old classic.
O Holy Night – Sam Robson
So those people that know me well will know that this is my favourite Christmas song. Those same people will also know that I am a big fan of A Capella singing. I knew this song had to be on the list, but there were a number of verions I was deliberating between. Il Divo, various choir recordings, Sam Bailey, etc etc. As I was scrolling through Youtube this one popped up, and completely blew me away. Sit back and enjoy (if you’re wearing headphones maybe turn them down slightly).
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Buble
This is my sister’s favourite Christmas song. I like it because when you sing along you can get away with just singing the word Christmas over and over again. It’s very sweet and very catchy. Also, no one does Christmas albums quite like Buble, so it’s probably a little silly to not include him in the list somewhere.
So a merry Christmas from Eat More Cake! If you fancy letting us know your favourite Christmas tunes you can do so on Twitter @EatMoreCakeUK!