The Best Christmas Songs Of All Time
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, although, baby, it's cold outside and all I want for Christmas is somebody to tell me THE BEST CHRISTMAS SONGS OF ALL TIME.
By the end of this article, we'll be able to give you a list of the best Christmas songs ever, a present from us here at TOTUM.
So don't worry, while Micheal Bublé is defrosting, you can listen to all these tunes back to back and make a start on your Christmas playlist.
To kick things off we're thinking Fairytale of New York.
It's not Christmas until you're in a dirty old pub with naff decorations and your best pals getting down and merry singing this classic Christmas tune.
When the song was first released it didn't make it to the Christmas number one spot, but it has made an appearance in the top 20 every year since 2005. So who's the real winner?
It wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of Mariah, now would it?
All I Want for Christmas Is You is the Christmas classic we just can't seem to shake.
In all honesty, this isn't a favourite of mine, but judging by how often it's on the radio in winter, this wouldn't be a very good list without it.
Mariah co-wrote the hit holiday song with veteran songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who says the speed in which they wrote it is the secret to the song’s success. “It’s definitely not Swan Lake,” he said. “But that’s why it’s so popular - because it’s so simple and palatable!”
Although I don't love the song, Mariah is still Queen of the divas and I loved her even more in the Walkers advert where she was so reluctant to eat a crisp. Truly stunning work.
Next on our hitlist, is Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid.
This song came out in 1984 and features up to 40 artists - mainly big bands from the 80s- who came together to perform this song.
In recent years however, the song has come under a bit of criticism becasue of its lyrics. It features lines such as, "tonight, thank God it's them / Instead you" and "the only water flowing / Is a bitter sting of tears" Yikes, pretty strange if you ask me.
White Christmas by Bing Cosby is the true classic that gets everybody's heart singing.
This song comes from the film - also titled White Christmas - which was released all the way back in 1954.
Its synopsis reads: "Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act.
When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General."
The movie brought in $12 million dollars at the box office and apparently the song is the best-selling single ever, according to Guinness World Records.
Since then, White Christmas has been covered by everyone from Elvis to Lady Gaga.
To end this with a bang, or a Wham! (sorry, not sorry) Last Christmas has surely got to be the ultimate Christmas banger.
Wham!'s Last Christmas is the best-selling UK single to never reach number one. It has sold just under two million copies, but was never a number one single.
Andrew Ridgeley revealed his recent memoir George and Me that George was genuinely sad that Last Christmas wasn't a number one single.
There was even a campaign the year after George's passing to get the song to number one, but sadly it was beaten (robbed) by Ed Sheeran's Perfect feat. Beyonce, making Wham!'s banger fall short at number two... again.
So there you have it people, a definitive list of the best christmas songs ever. Don't @ me.
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