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
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
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!