Dec 17, 2015

Office Genie's festive playlist

Christmas is just around the corner so what better than an early present from your favourite office search engine? The staff at Genie have compiled a Christmas playlist: we’ve covered the classics, the modern classics, and the soon-to-be classics.

From the screeches of The Darkness to the sweet sounds of Sinatra, your ears will be provided with all the Christmas action they need. So sit back, relax (while continuing to work) and let the festivities commence.

All I want for Christmas - Mariah Carey

Sadie: “It's the best Christmas song ever! It's not officially Christmas until you've sung along to Mariah and danced around your kitchen a little. It's fun and upbeat and gets everyone in the festive spirit.”

Marta: “Clearly the best song to sing in a car and annoy my husband (I really cannot sing, and he really doesn't like Mariah).”


Carol of the Bells - Pentatonix

Emily: “Carol of the Bells just makes me feel instantly festive. The original was played a lot during childhood Christmases, and this version is just beautifully arranged with a fantastic beat throughout and some gorgeous harmonies. It's a classic, and one of my many favourites on their two Christmas albums (and I recommend them both!).”


Christmas Time - The Darkness

Imogen: “Two of the members are sort of local to Cambridge (from Lowestoft), and who can say no to a Christmas song sung in head-to-toe spandex?”


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra

Indre: “The beautiful lyrics and melody combined with Frank's soulful voice always send little shivers down my spine - I close my eyes and get lost in a magical winter wonderland! Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas certainly makes me feel more Christmassy than any other song.”


Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty McColl

Louis: “I completely forget the song even exists for 11 months of the year. The first time I hear it before Christmas it makes me happy as I realise how close we are to Christmas! My girlfriend also hates me singing it to her, which makes me do it more often.”


Last Christmas - Wham!

Lilli: “I can’t listen to this song without the music video playing in my head, and instead of a coiffed blonde George Michael instilling a sense of horror, it feels me with Christmas cheer. It’s about a failed relationship, so it isn’t the happiest of Christmas songs, but it’s definitely one of the catchiest. There’s no denying it’s a modern classic and with nearly 500 covers (and counting) it’s here to stay.”


Joel the Lump of Coal - The Killers

Pete: “It's more than your average song about a sentient lump of carbon. It's actually quite a charming message about forgiveness at Christmas in which the titular Joel turns out to be quite the hero. It also features Jimmy Kimmel doing a fairly sinister impression of Santa. What's more, it's for a really good cause, as proceeds from Killers' Christmas songs go to RED. So don't just listen to it here: why not download it too?”


Do check out our Office Genie playlist on YouTube, that way you can enjoy these Christmas tunes again and again. It even includes additional Genie favourites for extra festivity! Of course you can comment below with any we’ve missed. 


Joe Beaver Posted on December 18, 2015

I'd never heard Joel the Lump of Coal before - really good tune! I also like that Santa is kinda the bad guy too...

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