Music Monday: Christmas Songs

When it comes to Christmas, I’m on the ‘love it’ side so it’s quite tricky to choose just five Christmas songs. I’ve gone with these as Christmas is not the same without them.

  1. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses. My all time favourite Christmas song, now 30 years old and I love it more than ever because it sums up my Christmas. It also reminds me of a Christmas in New York long before I had my own very first Christmas in New York
  2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen. A live version that is guaranteed to make me laugh and is very Spectoresque
  3. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love.  It comes from the best Christmas album of all time ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ by Phil Spector. I could have put half of that album in this list but the heartfelt pleas on this one make it the stand out track.
  4. Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea.  It reminds me of the days I used to do just that. Now I fly away for Christmas but haven’t come across a track depicting that scene.
  5. Fairytale of New York – Pogues & Kirsty MacColl. Because of great memories of Christmas parties over the years, of Kirsty MacColl, of an ex Dubliner boyfriend and of course, of New York.

A bonus one, just because it makes me smile; Cliff Richard (a family fave I grew up with), ‘Mistletoe & Wine’. It’s the song my niece and I used to break into in the run up to the big day and then be in fits of giggles for no apparent reason. So, as I say,  it just makes me smile remembering the family Christmases.

Go on, remind me of the ones I have missed.

Merry Christmas!

Here’s to a musical and fabulous 2011 for all of us x

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4 thoughts on “Music Monday: Christmas Songs

  1. Loving the Springsteen choice, needless to say. Got a great live CD of a festive concert by Bruce, with this one and various other festive songs on it. Favourite Christmas album.
    Pogues too, probably my favourite festive song and the only Christmas song I can bear to hear at other times of year. I tend to fall into the Bah Humbug category.
    Have to add Band Aid, for the achievement of getting all those stars together, the anticipation we all felt waiting to hear it on the radio for the first time and I actually like the song too.
    Also need to include Slade’s classic “Merry Xmas Everybody”, as it is the only Christmas song other than “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” I can play on the guitar.

  2. Ooh I’m going to have to find that Springsteen live (festive) album for next year! (Unless it’s one I have on record & forgotten about?)
    Love Slade & Wizard too, childhood memories as is Bandaid.
    I too watched that brilliant story unfold and then again when it came to Liveaid. I think it’s a brilliant track, just don’t like listening to it when I’m in restaurants stuffing my face! Plus I only like the original, a classic.

  3. Don’t think the festive concert is available to purchase. I got it as a “loyalty gift” as a subscriber to Badlands (UK fan club/concert travel company/online record store if you’re not familiar with them) a few Christmases ago, with the request not to make a fuss about it online etc.! in other words, an unofficial release. No problem to make you a copy, however, if you want to bring a large dose of Bruce to future Christmas celebrations.

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