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Our favourite Christmas songs of all time

No festive party is complete without a killer playlist and no playlist is worth its salt this time of year if it doesn’t feature at least 10 Christmas tunes so with this in mind, we put together our rather controversial top jingles of all time to get your party rocking. Around the Christmas Tree…

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10. A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris De Burgh

Perhaps the biggest underdog of the list, there’s something about this tune that makes us nostalgic about our childhood. First released in 1975, A Spaceman Came Travelling failed to make its mark in the charts but over a decade later and post Lady In Red acclaim, Mr De Burgh re-released the song with revised vocals to give it a rightful place on the Christmas playlist. It’s believed to play on the birth of Jesus hence its universal appeal.

9. Happy New Year - Abba

A score that will see you into the New Year, we heart this 1980 release for its downright reality to what the New Year will bring. With gloomy undertones, Happy New Year was included in the Swedish four’s Super Trouper Album. A contentious choice but it will get the older members of the family feeling a tad nostalgic!

8. Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry

Released in 1958 this playful hit is reminiscent of the tracks that made Chuck Berry the legend he’s remembered as. Similar in its makeup to Johnny Be Good, Run Rudolph Run’s original writer has been debated in the music community state-side. Bringing it into the modern day was every child’s favourite rebellious kid, Kevin McCallister. It featured in the first instalment of Home Alone during the airport scene.

7. 2000 Miles - The Pretenders

Peaking at No.15 in the UK charts in 1983, there’s something that makes this tune one of the less cheesy varieties belting out of speakers this time of year. Maybe it’s Chrissie Hynde’s cool vocals or the guitar rifts, we don’t know but it has earned its place in our chart. Perhaps most poignant is the fact it was written for the band’s guitarist James Honeyman Scott who died a year before its release.

6. Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard

He’s the king of Christmas releases and a good spud to boot, what’s not to love about Mistletoe and Wine and it’s corntastic video? It wasn’t Cliff’s to begin with as the original was penned as part of a stage version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Cliff put his stamp on it and injected some Christian elements. It was the biggest selling single of 1988 and Cliff’s 99th song released.

5. Step into Christmas - Elton John

Released in 1973, this hit was said to be a thank you from Sir Elton to his fans for what was a pretty lucrative year for the artist. One to get the family on their feet and to take the mood up a notch, this upbeat number is a fail-safe for getting everyone out of that food coma!

4. Fairy Tale of New York - The Pogues

Deemed one of the most credible Christmas songs about, The Pogues 1987 hit was kept off the number one spot by The Pet Shop Boy’s You Were Always On My Mind when it first came out. Shane and the late Kirsty MacColl could always take solace in the fact that it became a chart success story almost every year after it was first unleashed. According to some sources the song has made the top 20 for over 14 years. Perhaps the best bit about this song is the fact it was originally penned following a bet. McGowan’s former producer, Elvis Costello bet him that he couldn’t write a Christmas song. The rest is history. We’ll not even go there with the cover versions that have followed. A Mr Ronan Keating is one such guilty party.

3. Do They Know It’s Christmas  - Band Aid

Sitting at number one for five weeks, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s charity classic is a reminder that while the western world overindulges in the festivities, gratitude should be the theme of the holiday season. A supergroup comprising 80s musicians including Phil Collins, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bono and George Michael, the single raised £8m in aid for the Ethiopian famine. It was released by various other artists three times since it was first introduced to the charts - funding other humanitarian crisis.

2. All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey

A standard tune for the festive season, Mariah pulled out all the stops when she released this favourite in 1994. Reported to have sold 16m copies, All I Want For Christmas is the singer’s most famous song, catapulting her to international acclaim. It is believed to have reaped in royalties of $60m and is among the top 11 best selling singles of all time.

1. Last Christmas - Wham

Possibly one of the most covered Christmas tracks around, Wham’s Last Christmas is the perfect balance of 80s pop with the cheesy element only counteracted by the underlying heartbreak. Penned by the late George Michael who performed all instruments on the track, it was released in 1984 and was beaten to the top spot by Band Aid. It marked a double win for Midge Ure and Bob Geldof’s charity efforts as Wham gave all royalties from Last Christmas to the Ethiopian famine. Every year since its release it has re-entered the charts, selling 1.88m records and beckoning the title of best selling single of all time never to reach the number one spot. There has been an endless count of cover versions of the track including one from the cast of The Only Way is Essex and 90s pop star Whigfield.

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