What are your top Christmas songs of all time? Here are mine.
1. A Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
This is way out there in front. I think it is marvellous musically and lyrically. I like the Irish element of course. People keep asking if I am Irish and if 100 per cent Irish blood qualifies me then yes I am. The start describes for me so well all that belief you have when you become a couple. Then, inevitably life, yourselves and external events taints it a bit but, if you are very lucky, the love holds true. As I like a good rant, I do like the strong abusive language used too, very powerful and we all feel that way sometimes. The poignancy as the song comes to an end is just superb. Hoping couples hold their dreams intact in the coming year.
“I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can’t make it all alone
I’ve built my dreams around you”
Rest in Peace Kirsty.
2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid -1984
As regular readers know, I got stuck in the Eighties so remember Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s efforts very well. I was about 16 when this came out and I think it made me believe that with enough goodwill, any mountain can be moved. It may well have led me to do charity work as a job and perhaps in a roundabout way led me to set up #groovingmums. The song can still make me cry too. Cry that Africa’s problems are still not over. Cry that around this time, we saw Boy George crash into drugs hell as I was a huge fan at that time. Cry for all the sad things that have happened since. Cry that Paula Yates never got the credit she deserved for starting the whole thing off in the first place. How often does a woman have an idea that a man has the resources to take and run with?
“At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade”
3. Last Christmas – Wham – 1984
I like this one even though it is one of those embarrassing ones to admit to. It was around just as I was on the cusp of womanhood so full of raging hormones. It really does get over how you feel when Christmas is spent without that special someone. I had one Christmas that I spent alone eating cheese sarnies instead of a Christmas dinner. I will never forget it and it certainly helps you appreciate people when you have spent one completely alone. You can wallow in this song on the bad years or on the good ones you can thank your lucky stars you have someone who loves you.
4. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee – 1958
This always gets me in the festive spirit no matter where I am or what I am doing. That makes it very special. You just have to sing and dance along to it.
“Have a happy holiday
Everyone’s dancing merrily
In a new old fashioned way”
5. When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis 1976
This reminds me of my late Mum who loved it and him. It reminds me of my childhood. Although not specifically referring to Christmas, it does get over the idea of the true meaning of it and in this wildly commercial age, that is very important. I think it really gets over that special time when a new baby comes into your world and sanity strikes just for a little while before you get caught in all the daft stuff again.
And the walls of doubt crumble, tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born
“A rosy hue settles all around
You’ve got the feel you’re on solid ground
For a spell or two, no-one seems forlorn
This comes to pass when a child is born”
To be honest, I buy albums of Christmas music nearly every year as it all helps to build up the anticipation for the big day. There are perhaps only a couple of Christmas songs I don’t like.
I have done Christmas songs from the charts but there is a whole new post in favourite carols to look at too.
Now, pop over to http://preciousthin9s.blogspot.com/2011/12/listography-top-5-christmas-songs.html and check out other people’s favourites.
Originally posted 2011-12-04 13:46:37.