Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
Christmas music is a lot like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it and here at Hollywood, we certainly do love it! Our stores will be blaring festive music all season long, so get on board and make your own Christmas playlists.
There are literally thousands of festive tunes to get you through the winter. If Classical is your cup of tea then there are traditional carols galore to relax to by the fire. For something nice and soothing try the gentle voice of Bing Crosby with “White Christmas”. If you like your music a little funkier then you’re in need of some 80’s pop holiday hits from the likes of Slade. You can’t even be too metal to like Christmas music as there are hundreds of metal covers and even some original tracks too like Twisted Sister “Heavy Metal Christmas” which is a play on the 12 days of Christmas.
Here are our top 10 Christmas songs:
Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock”
So this song might make you think of Mean Girls or even that “adult” version but put that out of your mind, because this is the original and best! Every line of this song just shouts Christmas and we all know it’s one you can dance to. The repetition and simplicity of this song make it so catchy that you can’t help sing it all season long.
Bing Crosby “Winter Wonderland”
That beautifully smooth voice and catchy tune make this is a song you can listen to all winter long without the guilt of dragging out the Christmas songs. This is a tune that makes you feel warm inside, like any good Christmas song should. A must have to any festive playlist.
Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
What do you get for the lady who has everything? You, apparently! A beautiful message that all you need is love at Christmas time and sung by the lovely Madame Carey too, what’s not to like? We all know that this song gets sung in jest to friends and co-workers at the office party more than eligible lovers, it is just a great feel good Christmas anthem that you have to love!
Slade “Merry Xmas Everybody”
Now, this is a good Christmas tune in its own right, but we all listen to it in anticipation of hearing singer, Noddy Holder, shriek “It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas” We always get it wrong, we know we do, but we like to play the game (SPOILER: It’s at the very end of the song) It’s a typically British song, perfect for a good old fashion British Christmas.
Wizzard “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
It’s that Christmas song that brings out the child in all of us. The idea that we could get presents and have parties everyday of the year fills us all with excitement until you consider the reality which would be somewhat unachievable. It’s a little piece of Christmas magic that we love for the nostalgia and the funny costumes of course!
The message of this song may not be cheerful, but most of us can’t help but chuckle at this song. The melancholy vocals of Shane MacGowan are almost reminiscent of that time dad drank too much sherry and started serenading the Christmas tree. Regardless of the vocals, we love to sing this song loudly over the festive season... whether we know the lyrics or not.
Chris Rea “Driving Home For Christmas”
The only song you’ll hear on the radio coming back from work. It captures how everyone feels at least once getting home after a long day or long journey with the promise of warmth waiting for you. It oozes Christmas with gentle piano work and crooned vocals from the legend that is Chris Rea. Even if you don’t add it to your Christmas playlist, you’ll be sure to hear it every year.
Eartha Kit “Santa Baby”
Smooth, sensual vocals and a soft tempo make this a Christmas tune with sex appeal! Plenty of ladies have tried to cover this song, but no one mastered it quite like Eartha. She really gave it that sexy tone that made it sound like she would get all she wanted... Besides, how else do you ask for a yacht?
Wham! “Last Christmas”
We all know the lyrics to this song whether we like it or not! It’s so 80’s it almost hurts but I think that’s just part of its charm and staying power. Even without the snow covered music video you can feel this songs message of Christmas heartbreak, which is only highlighted by the soft bells in the background. Its powerful, it’s catchy and it needs to be on your playlist.
Band Aid 1984 “Do they know it’s Christmas”
One of the hardest hitting songs of all time was Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s hit “Do they know it’s Christmas”. The song was written to help raise money to aid a famine struck Ethiopia and all covers of it since have been made to raise funds for other famine causes. With its star studded line up of well know musicians such as Bono, Boy George, Sting, George Michael and Phil Collins, to name a few, it was bound to be a success. Clashing a tunefully festive instrumental back drop with harsh and meaningful lyrics they got their message out there boldly.
And that's it for our Christmas top 10. Be sure to join us in celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in all the right ways; with good company, good music, good food and good fun! Pop in to any of our Hollywood branches for all of your costumes and stocking fillers!