They don’t call it the silly season for nothing so let this Christmas party playlist whisk you into a yuletide frenzy of activity.
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
Elton John – Step Into Christmas
Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (John Beltran Remix)
Harry Connick Jr. – (It Must’ve Been ‘ol) Santa Claus
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Low – Just Like Christmas
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
U2 – (Christmas) Baby, Please Come Home
St. Etienne, Tim Burgess – I Was Born On Christmas Day
Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland
Run D.M.C. – Christmas In Hollis
Boney M. – Feliz Navidad
Louis Armstrong – Cool Yule
What is most surprising about Christmas music is how much of the mainstream stuff is slow, demure and a tad melancholy. So while we were hardly burning the midnight oil to come up with a playlist of upbeat festive numbers it was a little more difficult than expected. There are still plenty of big hitters on this collection however with everyone’s favourite 90’s Christmas song from Mariah Carey forming the incandescent centrepiece.
On ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Carey set out to recapture the 60’s girl group sound of Phil Spector’s Christmas album. That she succeeded, and then some, was made all the more satisfying when you look at the retro video Mariah made to showcase the wall of sound. But hers is not the only loose-limbed number on this collection as Elton John’s ‘Step Into Christmas’ and Shakin’ Stevens ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ bequeath equal tinder for your dancefloor escapades.
For those who prefer to locate themselves in a velvet lounge type setting there are plenty of options, with Harry Connick Jr.’s ‘(It Must’ve Been ‘Ol) Santa Claus’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘Cool Yule’ amongst the classiest compositions to grace the greatest season of them all.