With Christmas almost upon us, we take a look back at some of our favorite Christmas and festive-themed songs.
Join us as we count down the Top 10 tracks that help us at Renowned For Sound get into the Christmas spirit each year.
10. Bob Dylan – ‘It Must Be Santa’
An upbeat, fast-paced call to merriment and yuletide shenanigans that will get everyone on the dance floor at the Christmas party. Enjoy with a festive ale in hand and try not to think of the hangover the next day!
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9. Bing Crosby/David Bowie – ‘Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy’
This 1977 medley combined two performers who seemed to be polar opposites of each other: an old-time, legendary crooner and a soon-to-be-legendary rock star of the era. This track is an essential Christmas track for several reasons. It’s one of Bing’s last recordings, as he passed away only a few weeks after recording. David Bowie came off as respectable and ‘normal’ for once. Most importantly, this is a heart-warming recording with Bowie and Bing’s voices complementing each other nicely.
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8. Tori Amos – ‘A Silent Night With You’
Tori Amos is an icon in the field of songwriting and with a voice of an angel, the eccentric redheads take on this festive classic should form a staple in everyone’s Christmas music playlist.
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7. The Eagles – ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’
The Eagles recorded their take on the 1960 Clarles Brown hit in the late 70’s and while many other rock/country greats like Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi and Kelly Clarkson have all dabbled in its covering over the years The Eagles version is the standout by far.
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6. The Pogues – ‘Fairytale of New York’
This is storytelling at its best in a poignant tale of the ups and downs of a relationship, set against the backdrop of two Christmases, some years apart.
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5. Band Aid – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’
A pairing of Bob Geldof’s ambitious charity efforts and dozens of the biggest names in music gathering into the same recording studio together to record this track resulted in one of the biggest selling singles of all time and a green light for the festive season to begin.
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4. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town’
‘The Boss’ made this 1934 hit his own when he decided to perform the track on tour back in the eighties. The icons reworking of the festive classic has become one of the most popular Rock’n’Roll flavored Christmas covers ever since.
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3. Eurythmics – ‘Winter Wonderland’
Covered by over 150 artists since it was penned back in 1934, the Eurythmics performed this one the best when they took it under their wing in 1987 for the Christmas-themed compilation, A Very Special Christmas.
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2. Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
Whilst this song has been covered by many artists, Mariah Carey’s original rendition is an uptempo christmas classic that will get you ready for the festive season!
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1. Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’
In our opinion this is the greatest Christmas track around. With the singles infectious melody and George Michael’s flawless vocals, this track is drenched in a timeless quality that has aged like a fine wine.
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