Whether you’re planning your Christmas present list or organising a big party for your work colleagues, it’s never to early to start preparing for the festive season. If you’re thinking about that all-important Christmas playlist, here’s our definitive list of Christmas tunes that you need to include!
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Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You
Arguably the best-known hit from one of the greatest voices in the history of pop music, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has been a hugely popular festive track since it came out in 1994.
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
Another classic, which the former Beatles singer wrote, this song has been played in the run up to Christmas since its release in 1979.
Wizzard – I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday
Another household name, ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’ was written by the British glam rock group Wizard, originally from Birmingham.
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
Yet another ’70’s classic, Merry Xmas Everybody soared to the top of the UK charts in December 1973 and was Slade’s biggest hit.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (various singers)
This has been a popular Christmas hit since the 1930s, and has been sung by famous figures such as Bing Crosby in 1948, the Beach Boys in 1964, Dolly Parton in 1990, and Faith Hill in 2008. One of the best-known versions is Jackson 5’s, recorded in 1970 when the band were at the height of their fame.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (originally Brenda Lee)
Brenda Lee originally recorded this song in 1958, and since then her version has sold millions of copies. Amazingly, she was only 13 years old when she first sang it!
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (various)
This song always conjures up images of romantic Hollywood Christmas movies, and was originally sung by American pop singer and actor Andy Williams. The 2011 version by the Texas cappella group Pentatonix is from the hugely successful album ‘That’s Christmas to Me’, which was one of the top five bestselling albums of 2014
Winter Wonderland – Sarah McLachlan
First recorded in the 1930s, Winter Wonderland is one of the most recognisable Christmas songs in the world, adapted by more than 200 other artists such as Perry Como in 1959 and The Carpenters in 1978. Listen to this beautiful version by Sarah McLachlan, an acclaimed Canadian singer with a mezzo-soprano voice.
Jingle Bell Rock (various)
Another classic, recorded in 1957, Jingle Bell Rock is a familiar tune that has been played in numerous Christmas films over the years. It has been covered by dozens of artists, from Brenda Lee in 1964 to the cast of Glee in 2012.
Last Christmas – Wham!
Released in 1984, Last Christmas is one of Wham’s most successful hits, regularly reappearing in the UK charts in the run-up to Christmas in more recent years.
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