Weâ€™ve done it again, weâ€™ve created our annual festive playlist. Last year featured some true classics whereas this year weâ€™ve gone slightly more alternative (and added an extra song!).
With appearances from The Strokesâ€™ Julian Casablancas and Shonen Knife, this playlist is a sure solution to Michael BublÃ©â€™s usual Christm(assault) on the senses. Have a listen to our top Yuletide picks and let us know what weâ€™ve missed in the comments below!
I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
Joe B: â€œI have always been a big fan of The Strokes (for whom Julian is the lead singer) as well as slightly strange â€˜indieâ€™; Christmas songs, so my pick is the coolest one I could think of! It kinda just sounds exactly like The Strokes with Christmas bells. Who wouldnâ€™t like that?â€
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Chris D: â€œI wanted to say Nick Loweâ€™s cover of â€˜I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Dayâ€™, but itâ€™s important The Waitressesâ€™; â€˜Christmas Wrappingâ€™; is in there as it is the best. So it has to be that.â€
Sweet Christmas - Shonen Knife
Imogen: â€œKurt Cobain once said that Shonen Knife were his favourite band, and Iâ€™m sure that heâ€™d agree that their song â€˜Sweet Christmasâ€™ is the best Christmas-cake-themed song out there.â€
I Want An Alien For Christmas - Fountains Of Wayne
Chris M: â€œFun, poppy and actually a pretty good song - while replacing sickly sentiment with little green men. And if it makes at least one person go and explore the wonder that is Fountains of Wayne, then itâ€™s got to be worth it.â€
Wonderful Dream - Melanie Thornton
Stef: â€œThis song will never be out of date! Itâ€™s just a classic Christmas song and not just because it was covered in the Coca-Cola commercial, but because itâ€™s a great song.â€
Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
Marta: â€œFor me, Christmas means a long journey home and no other song reminds me of it more than Chris Reaâ€™s â€˜Driving Home For Christmasâ€™. The year when British Airways decided they would not fly because of an inch of snow and cancelled my flight, I was determined to make it for my Christmas dinner and drove instead. Chris Rea saved the day - we sang together for the 27 hours it took.â€
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto
Indre: â€œMy song this year is a little bit on the slow side but itâ€™s so magical - soft and beautiful, like snowflakes!â€
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
Lizzie: â€œI object to the Frank Sinatra version of â€˜Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmasâ€™ - it should be Judy Garland as she sang the original.â€
We hope youâ€™ve enjoyed our selections - find the full playlist here - and have a very merry Christmas!