Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the office
All creatures were celebrating, even the bosses.
The music was put on Spotify with care,
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there!
There’s No Light On The Christmas Tree – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Love this track from the 1972 debut album by Scottish rockers The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. It’s typical of the slightly off the wall lyrics that made them one of the biggest bands in the ’70s.
Dominic the Donkey – Lou Monte
My second choice is the 1960 release by Lou Monte. The song is about a donkey who helps Santa bring presents to the children in the mountains of Italy because the reindeer can’t climb the hills. The song was introduced to me by my daughter Naomi one Christmas. I can still see her singing the catchphrase “Hey! Chingedy ching (Hee-haw, hee-haw)” and has me rolling laughter.
Winter Song – Lindisfarne
My first choice always brings home to me just how fortunate I am at this time of year, surrounded by family and friends, with a lovely, warm home and all the good food we enjoy at Christmas. It also seems appropriate in light of our chosen charities this year – Lindisfarne with Alan Hull’s atmospheric Winter Song.
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Not strictly a Christmas song, but one that always makes me feel Christmassy!
Patapan/O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Mindy Gledhill
A fantastic mash-up of two classic Christmas carols/hymns with a modern twist.
Christmas Unicorn – Sufjan Stevens
Exploring the tangled traditions and mythologies surrounding Christmas through the vessel of the Christmas Unicorn (with a little Joy Division thrown in for good measure).
Kidnap the Sandy Claws – KORN
Nightmare Before Christmas expertly combines two of my favourite holidays: Halloween and Christmas. So, this KORN remake is both a tribute to my love of all things Jack, as well as a reminder of the years I’d enthusiastically douse myself in glitter to sparkle my way through the season.
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Christmas is the time for feeling cosy. A time for enjoying the warmth of a comfortable home with frosty windows and a hot chocolate in hand: pure indulgence. This is why Eartha Kitt is my second choice. Her sultry vocals with a splash of whimsy is a perfect addition to your soundtrack for the festivities, in my view.
Never Do a Tango with an Eskimo – Alma Cogan
I’m not sure Alma ever met an Inuit. If she had, she would know that they much prefer a Calypso (get it?).
Fun song from the ’50s which will definitely get stuck in your head as you’re handing out the champagne!
Joy to The World – August Burns Red
Because if there’s anything Christmas music needs more of, it’s heavy breakdowns and screamo vocals.
We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy & successful 2017!