sshhh can you hear that… it’s another Christmas jingle, another reason to love this time of year – for the many themed songs. The following are my favourite Chrimbo songs and because there are so many that made my shortlist, I have chosen these five solely on how the first few bars make me feel: HAPPY ♥ CHRISTMASSY ♥ NOSTALGIC ♥ COZY ♥ FAMILIAR
Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea (1988): Anticipating Christmas. I love Chris Rea’s husky voice, it gives a Father Christmas feel to the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uey6VktC5ms
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl (1987): Dancing and drinking with friends at Christmas. This song reminds me of ZMFM back in Wellington because come every Christmas they would saturate the airwaves with this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwHyuraau4Q
Last Christmas – George Michael (1984): Remaining hopeful at Christmas. I know it is not your usual happy Christmas song but there something about George’s voice and the tune that makes me smile. Its enough to make me forget the actual words of the song. Around the time this song came out was also the time my crush on George Michael was taking hold and it would last a long while (you could say I was in denial for many years). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI
Do they know it’s Christmas – Band Aid (1984): Christmas with a conscience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQzJAKxTrE Nearly thirty years later this song is still completely relevant today. As I write this, this song has come on the radio. Doesn’t matter what I am doing, every time I hear this song I will pause to feel the words. I never fail to tear up when Bono’s angelic voice sings ‘well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.‘ I know Christmas is a time to be with loved ones but I also like to remember those who are less fortunate and send a prayer their way. On a lighter note, I love the video as well, a who’s who of 80s Brit pop – a shame David Bowie couldn’t make it. And ignoring the seriousness of the lyrics for a sec, the bells ringing give the song an extra Christmas edge.
Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano (1970) – Be Merry. In contrast to the two previous songs, this is a happy ditty with a very simple sentiment. It makes me want to dance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMtuVP8Mj4o I will finish on this one… party hats on … human chain at the ready… all together now, lets sing… ‘I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.’