Christmas Playlist



It just leaves me to finish with this, always popular in our family, but I didn’t put it on the playlist. Bob Rivers 12 Pains of Christmas. Now all anyone needs to say is “Rigging up the lights” and we’re off … “She’s a witch, I hate her!” Here's the link to the Spotify playlist Merry Christmas everyone !!

Graham Terris

Been looking forward to this one and it doesn't disappoint. Well done! May I add the following (find your own links): Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler - Zombie Christmas (or anything off their Christmas album really) Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin'

Alan Wilson

Cheers ! Some interesting additions there - I'd forgotten about Mr E.

Take it away big man.

For decades this was the biggest selling Christmas song. White Christmas has been covered by everyone, but no one has given it the treatment quite like Iggy. A fitting end to the day when you’re slumped on the sofa, full of carbohydrates, alcohol, fat and sugar and unable to even remember your own name, vaguely trying to work out whose house you are in and whether you need to go home or not.

I’m a sucker for a bit of Enya around this time of year – that plus the Gaelic lyrics appealing to my Celtic side means this has got to be in there somewhere.

No Christmas list would be complete without something from the Phil Spector album – worth including in its entirety in fact. I’ve selected this one, completely at random.

I love St. Etienne, and not just because of Sarah. Honest. This is one of those songs that rather slips under the radar, but a worthy addition to any Christmas list.

Back to something more traditional – Leroy Anderson wrote loads of light music and this is one of his better efforts, a nice interpretation/arrangement.

When it comes to a frenetic, jolly, laugh a minute Christmas sing along the last name on your list would be professional misanthrope Bob Dylan. Which makes this even better than it already is.

Here’s the original if you are at all interested.

Late rock superstar Greg Lake was not beyond pinching a bit of classical music for his own ends – in this case the sleigh ride (Troika) from Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije. Another one that’s been kind of mis-appropriated – the “dream of Christmas” being sold to all of us suckers as a protest against the whole sorry, commercial mess.