So The X-Factor have once again run away with the 2010 Christmas number one, after a brief moment of hope back in ’09 when a Facebook protest campaign saw Rage Against the Machine take the top spot. So, in an attempt to reaffirm some kind of faith in music, here’s a list of some of my favourite Christmas songs (in no particular order):
1. It’s Cliched to be Cynical at Christmas, Half Man Half Biscuit
The best festive song you’ve never heard, this is a great snowball in the face to clever-clever slatings of the festivities, which is a bit of a surprise coming from the band that gave us ‘The Trumpton Riots’. Heck, it even features sleigh bells!
2. The Night Santa Went Crazy, Weird Al Yankovic
Ever wondered what would happen if Santa saw just one too many presents during the run up to December 24th? And if he’d had a few too many before that? Well, this song answers that question – it ain’t pretty. It is, however, very funny…
3. Angels from the Realms of Glory, traditional
Okay, let’s be serious. This is probably my favourite carol – nice tune and for whatever reason I like the old school lyrics ("Sages leave your contemplations/Brighter visions burn afar"). Probably not the best song for my particular voice, but I love it anyway.
4. O Little Town of Bethlehem, traditional
My other favourite carol; I’ve always liked this one, but I discovered a new love for it last year, when quite by accident I discovered that it’s possible to sing this to the tune of the verse of Holding Out For A Hero. It’s true! Try it for yourself!
5. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues and Kirsty McColl
The best of the modern Christmas songs by a long way; although it’s known for a couple of near the knuckle lyrics, at its heart is a song about hope in the dark and the redemptive power of Christmas – and that, ultimately, is what the season is all about.
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