The holiday season is getting closer and closer with each passing day and everyone is preparing however they can but nobody should forget about preparing a nice little playlist of Christmas songs. Old and new, Christmas songs are a must and it feels like the holidays are not the same without them. The ones that already started shopping for presents might want to stop for a second and put some CDs on the list. Here are the 10 best Christmas songs of all time that people still enjoy today.
10. Darlene Love – Christmas
Released about half of century ago, Darlene Love’s song called “Christmas” is not one of the most known titles that one can hear on the radio during the holiday season but it receives its share of love. Producer Phil Spector wrote the song along with Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry but he had trouble finding the right person to deliver an emotional holiday song. He chose Darlene Love to give voice to his lyrics and added the song to his “A Christmas Gift For You” compilation. Darlene performed the song every year from 1986 to 1992 on the Late Night with David Letterman show during the final episode right before Christmas. The song was also used in the movie “Gremlins” which also is considered a Xmas classic.
9. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Wizzard’s song has been called one of the typical office party favorites. There is no corporate Christmas party that does not have this song on the playlist but there is no reason not to listen to it at home. Wizzard, also known as Roy Wood, made a rather interesting impression when the son was released in 1973 when he had a beard comparable to the one of Santa Claus. During that year, the artist managed to secure the fifth spot on the charts for several weeks with this particular song.
8. Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas
Greg Lake wrote, “I Believe in Father Christmas” as a protest. His opinion that modern society has turned this holiday into a business and pushed it away from being a celebration was not well received by some. The video contained images from the Vietnam War but despite the rather controversial clip, the song still remained popular.
7. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Despite the fact that the band itself has been criticized for multiple problems such as one of the members over-singing, their song dedicated to Christmas was well received not only by the fans but also by the ones that wanted to complete their holiday playlist. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” manages to evoke emotion and a spirit of celebration. Critics called it a “well-crafted” song with perfect lyrics that complement the melody. For some, it became an instant classic the moment it was released.
6. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
In 1994, Mariah Carey released one of the songs that would be ever-present each and every Christmas in every house, store, holiday parties and even in the office. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” became an all-time classic. It is a sample song of which nobody can get tired to listen during the holiday season.
5. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
“Merry Xmas Everybody” was written and released in 1973 by Slade, one of the most appreciated rock figures of that time. The song was received recognition to the public for many months after. The track managed to stay in the UK singles top charts until late February. The success is the result of the creative composers Noddy Holder and Jim Lea who wrote the song for Slade. It’s popularity managed to keep the song on the charts and on the top position until late January when it started to fall but remained in the top until well into February.
4. Wham! – Last Christmas
Very few people know that the song that they hear every single winter, “Last Christmas”, was not released under George Michael’s name. In 1984, the artist was part of Wham!, a popular band at that time. After almost 30 years, the song is still present in almost all Christmas compilations. It is one of the most popular songs not only due to his unforgettable voice but also due to the tone and spirit that the song spreads. It has dominated the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and actually challenged the number one position but was only able to reach the second spot.
3. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Bing Crosby’s song “White Christmas” is one of the most notable classic songs. Released in 1954, the track was part of the soundtrack of the musical film named the same as the song. Over the decades since its release, the song managed to remain one of the best-selling singles of all time mostly due to its inspiring lyrics and heartwarming vibe that for many manages to bring out the best memories of past Christmas events. It stirs up nostalgia and cheerfulness at the same time.
2. John & Yoko – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
“Happy Xmas” is one of the songs that everyone heard almost every single year but very few actually know when and who released it. It can be heard in malls, shops, on TV and pretty much everywhere. It was released by John & Yoko in 1969. Besides being a musical ode dedicated to Christmas, the song also celebrated the end of the Vietnam War, making it one of the most iconic American Xmas songs that are still played today. Many compilations have this song on the tracklist but the original album can also be acquired.
1. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
For many, “Fairytale of New York” is the best song ever written to celebrate this special time of the year. It is considered an anthem for everyone that stares into the bottom of a glass, remembering his lost love or a wasted opportunity. It is also one of the most popular sing-along songs of all times used at parties and in bars across the globe. The song was released by the band “The Pogues” in 1987 and featured Kirsty MacColl. It was written by Hem Finer and Shane MacGowan to be an Irish folk ballad. It became a hit shortly after release and for five weeks it manages to stay on the number one position on the top charts.