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Your Christmas playlist…

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good old Christmas song. They may eventually drive you mad, but who doesn’t secretly love a bit of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody (complete with the bellowed ‘It’s Christmas! at the beginning) or All I want for Christmas is You (and normally, I’d hurdle walls to get away from Mariah)? Love ’em or hate ’em (and admittedly hearing them on loop in a shop from mid-November is enough to drive anyone to drink), it wouldn’t be the festive season without them. In a bid to create the ultimate Christmas playlist, we asked Rob Wood, Creative Director and Founder of Music Concierge, the brilliant bespoke music consultancy (if you’re stuck in a music rut, he’s your man) for his festive recommendations…

Rob’s chilled Christmas playlist

Cerys Matthews – We Three Kings of Orient Are

Sufjan Stevens – Be Glad it’s Christmas

Julie London – Warm December

Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Yesking Remix)

Mel Torme – This Christmas Song (Michael Kessler Open Fire Mix)

Louis Jordan – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Rotary Connection- Christmas Love

Nancy Wilson – What Are You Doing For New Year’s Eve?

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

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Rob’s Christmas Day party list

The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’

Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells

James Brown – Funky Christmas

Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Baby

Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby

Ramsey Lewis Trio – Here Comes Santa

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis

BB King – Backdoor Santa

James Brown – Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto

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And, a couple of W&W’s Christmas favourites….

The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York (quite simply the best Christmas song ever written…)

The Pretenders – 2000 miles

The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t let the bells end)

Wham! – Last Christmas (the jumpers! the hair! the sheer 80s-tasticness of it!)

Bruce Springsteen’s version of Santa Claus is coming to town

And, because you can’t beat a bit of the twinkle-eyed Canadian crooner at this time of year, the Christmas album from Michael Bublé really is a must.

Have we missed anything out? I know Do they know it’s Christmas? isn’t on there, but I don’t love it. Is that very, very wrong? Do leave a comment and let us know what our playlist is lacking!

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