People tend to love or hate Christmas songs. Over the years, various songs have become Christmas classics, and their annual arrival on radio stations and in shops is greeted with joy by some and a groan by others.
There are, however, still some Christmas songs that are yet to become over-played, and some even maintain a level of musical credibility!
Upbeat Xmas Songs
Upbeat Christmas songs are always needed to get a festive party started, and there are still a few that haven’t been played to death.
Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me
Often missed out on “Best Christmas Song” style compilations, and therefore less overplayed. This upbeat slice of motown is the perfect tune to get hips moving on a Christmas dance-floor.
Peter Kay’s Geraldine – Once Upon a Christmas Song
Released in 2008, this was a Christmas charity single, from Peter Kay’s spoof character Geraldine. Firmly tongue-in-cheek, but truly in the tradition of the great Christmas songs, this uplifting track is one of the few festive tunes that will not already be permanently imprinted into people’s minds.
Darlene Love – Alone on Christmas
Complete with a tour-de-force saxophone introduction, this short, sharp Christmas song is sure to cause plenty of tipsy office workers to bounce around at the company Christmas party.
Slow Christmas Songs
Christmas holidays give people to time to relax and perhaps listen to rather more introspective music than usual, and there is no shortage of weepy slow songs and ballads to choose from!
John Williams – Christmas Star
This choral track is likely to be recognised by many, as it featured in the film “Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York.” This Xmas song is a truly beautiful piece, which is sure to bring a tear to the eye at Christmas.
Gloria Estefan – Christmas Through Your Eyes
Christmas is a time for self-indulgent, slushy ballads, hence the inclusion of this distinctly 80s sounding track, complete with church bell sounds!
Linda Ronstadt – When You Wish Upon a Star
Staying with the weepy tunes, this is a wonderful version of the classic song from Disney’s Pinocchio. This is perfect background music for baking mince pies in the kitchen.
Swinging Christmas Songs
Somehow, swinging jazz and Christmas just seem to suit each other.
Frank Sinatra – Let it Snow
An essential Christmas song. Who can resist a click of the fingers, and singing along to “I’ve got some corn for popping?”
Perry Como – It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Such a cheery Xmas song, featured in many a Christmas movie. This kind of cheesy easy-listening always sounds so much better by a log fire when it’s cold outside. This Xmas song features some wonderful strings in the instrumental as well.
Credible Christmas Songs
For those who just have to remain credible with their music choices, even during the festive season, there are still some options.
James Brown – Soulful Christmas
Text-book James Brown funk to get on the Christmas good-foot. This Christmas track also benefits from being accessible enough to appeal to the more musically-challenged party guests.
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Old school stripped down hip-hop with a Christmas theme…and why not?
Whoever happens to be around at Christmas should be able to find something to enjoy on this list of classic, yet still credible, Christmas songs.