The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs

Simply a list of our favourite Christmas songs…

20: Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by The Darkness (2003)
The Darkness weren’t good for much, but they were perfect for Christmas.

19: Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid 20 (2004)
Maybe controversial that we’ve gone for the reincarnation of the 80’s hit, but Dizzee Rascal tips the balance.

18: Lonely This Christmas by Mud (1974)
♫ It’ll be cold, so cold …

17: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Mel & Kim (1987) 
Possessing just that little bit more character than the original.

16: White Christmas by Bing Crosby (1942/1947)
You just can’t not include it.

15: 2000 Miles by The Pretenders (1983)
♫ I miss you. The children were singing, he’ll be back at Christmastime

14: Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord by Boney M. (1978)
The single best Christmas medley, ever. 

13: Santa Claus is Coming To Town
Whoever does it, one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time.

12: Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses (1981)
♫ Oh Damn! Guess what I forgot?

11: I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake (1975)
Whether it’s protesting the commercialisation of Christmas or about losing youth and innocence, this is a cracker.

10: The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin (2012)
Frankie’s version was good, but Aplin’s for John Lewis blew it out of the water. 

9: Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea (1986)
Quintessentially Christmas, even if the 2009 video is terrible.

8: Step Into Christmas by Elton John (1973)
♫ Step into Christmas, let’s join together, we can watch the snow fall forever and ever.

7: Last Christmas by Wham (1984)
A dreadful song, but one you can’t stop singing around Christmas.

6: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love (1963)
It’s one of those songs that gets into your head for hours and you really don’t mind.

Joint 4: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard (1973)
Ok, a cop out – but we really couldn’t choose between this …

Joint 4: Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade (1973)
… and this. What a year 73 was!

3: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon (1971)
I dare you not to belt it out. I dare you. 

2: Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie (1980)
Another fantastic tune not originally intended to be a Christmas hit.

1: Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl) (1987)
For us, the ultimate Christmas song. Both a great song and an iconic hit this time of year. 


∗ All I Want For Christmas Is You appeared on both of our top 20’s but too low to feature here when combining. Truth be told, we are both kinda glad about that. We were including it for the iconic nature, not the quality of the song. Gareth hates it, and is delighted it’s not here. 

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