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Greeting cards have all been sent so you’ve time to enjoy this collection of the best Christmas love songs.

 

Merry Christmas Darling Tracklist
Charles Brown – Merry Christmas Baby
Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
She & Him – The Christmas Waltz
Funzo – This Christmas
The Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling
Dean Martin – A Winter Romance
Billy Squier – Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
The Beach Boys – Merry Christmas, Baby
Neil Diamond – You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Barbara Streisand – A Christmas Love Song

Christmas is all about devotion, presents, kids, partying, snow, Santa but curiously not so much about love. So this playlist of festive ditty’s does it’s best to redress the imbalance and put a kiss-shaped smudge on you and your partner’s cheeks for the holidays. All the usual’s are accounted for, although you may not be so familiar with the Welsh pairing of Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews’ take on Frank Loesser’s ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’. No matter, it is really great fun.

Elsewhere the Beach Boys get dewy-eyed on ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ while Charles Brown’s much older song (and completely different composition) ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ adds a touch of blues and brass to proceedings. Similarly slinky and of a jazz disposition is Billie Holiday’s classic ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’ which slams a fistful of snow in the face of those who believe that central heating is the only way to get toasty over the season.

The majority of our Christmas love songs are slow and considered but a pair in particular just beg you to throw caution to the freezing wind and strut your stuff for all to see. The first is a modern day classic from Mariah Carey that harks back to the golden age of 60’s girl groups but is also imbued with a contemporary personality. Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)’ is the original sound and perhaps the defining moment on Phil Spector’s faultless Christmas Album ‘A Christmas Gift To You’.

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