I don’t know about you but I genuinely enjoy Christmas songs. Just as it was with The Beatles, there are a select number of Christmas songs that seem to have always been there with me, that are part of my DNA. Your Slade’s, Wizzard’s and Wham’s are as much a part of what make a perfect Christmas for me as any juicy turkey or roast potato. If anything, they’re the first thing on my list. Which is why I’ve made a few festive playlists to share.
I know Christmas songs aren’t for everybody. I know they can be grating. I’ve worked in retail for 17 years, I truly understand. But don’t be disheartened, there’s a wealth of festive music out there. and I’m sure there is a Christmas song for you.
I’ve essentially made these playlists for my own enjoyment, but I’m hoping one or two of you might like them as well. So here goes, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is sharing playlists for all to hear.
‘Christmas Will Break Your Heart’
Ha ha, I know. Christmas cheer? Break your heart? Stick with me. This first selection of songs is named after LCD Soundsystem’s fairly recent Yuletide offering, and just like this titular track, I don’t think it’s as miserable as it sounds.
I am prone to enjoying a maudlin tune or two, however, so maybe I am being naive. But if, like me, you’re one of the those people who actually find happiness in a sad song, then this could well be the Christmas playlist for you! Songs like Low’s Just Like Christmas and Sufjan Stevens Sister Winter. They don’t make me feel blue at all, they make me feel very warm and fuzzy indeed.
As you’ll see, this playlist is predominantly filled with artists with ‘indie’/’rock’ leanings and the songs I’ve chosen are obviously not as family friendly as the traditional Christmas songs that you’d normally hear on any daytime commercial radio. I probably wouldn’t go putting this particular playlist on at your work’s Christmas party or anything, but if you want something festive to play in the background whilst you wrap your presents and share a couple of bottles of wine then look no further. Likewise, if you’re simply just fed up of all the Band Aid’s and Santa Baby’s but you still kinda want to hear some sleigh bells and references to snow, then get stuck in.
Christmas Will Break Your Heart, right here:
My next playlist isn’t technically a Christmas playlist at all. It’s just a collection of songs that I tend to gravitate towards at this time of the year. Songs that on the face of it aren’t particularly festive or cheery but ones that that I feel invoke a particular Christmas feeling without spelling it out. I’m not gonna lie, this another one to avoid at a Christmas party, but it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for everybody, am I right?
There’s some beautiful music here. Perfect for late night car journeys at Christmas. Not that there’s a great deal of that going on this year.
I’m Gonna be Warm this Winter
So, we’re here at the end. And if you’ve made it this far, I’m guessing you’re probably thinking why would you want to listen to any more sad songs? It’s Christmas! I can’t really argue with that. Like I said at the start of this, I genuinely enjoy Christmas songs. The cheese, the sprouts AND the turkeys. That’s the whole kit and kaboodle. Which is why I’ve also made a ‘Now that’s what I call Christmas’ type playlist. That’s right, one for your Christmas party! (Or your socially distanced family gathering.)
I took care over the previous two playlists but do what you will with this one. Shuffle and skip away to your merry heart’s content. It’s what Michael Bublé would do.
I’m Gonna be Warm this Winter:
That’s probably it from me this year.
Have a holly, jolly Christmas my friends. Santa Claus is still coming to town
Disclaimer: I forgot to mention that this only works on Spotify and yes, I know that they’re bastards.