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hmv.com presents... The 100 Greatest Christmas Songs: #20 - #11
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hmv.com presents... The 100 Greatest Christmas Songs: #20 - #11

Over the next 10 days, hmv.com is going to counting down the 100 greatest Christmas songs ever released. We're in the home straight now as we move on to numbers #20 all the way through to #11.

(You can find each track in our digital store by clicking on the title).

 

20. Run DMC – 'Christmas In Hollis'

Written for two festive hip-hop compilations, the rap legends pay tribute to Hollis, the neighbourhood in Queens, New York where they all grew up. It’s brash, cocky and swaggering, everything Run DMC excel at, even in the snow…

 

19. James Brown – 'Soulful Christmas'

Any Christmas with the Godfather himself was always going to be a soulful one, and so it proves. A righteous groove and a knuckle tight rhythm section, this cut and most of his album  Funky Christmas finds Brown in a cheery mood, even telling us ‘I looveee you…’ a few times. We love you too James.

 

18. The Ronettes – 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'

Another cut from Phil Spector’s legendary 1963 album A Christmas Gift For You, this remains the perfect collision of Doo Wop and festive spirit. A total classic.

 

17. Britney Spears – 'My Only Wish (This Year)'

It’s sugary and syrupy as you like, but then so is Christmas, embrace it.

 

16. Bing Crosby – 'White Christmas'

Of all the songs on this list, this is the one that requires absolutely no introduction. Depending on which figures you look to, it’s sold between 50 and 100 million singles. Wow.

 

15. Fall Out Boy – 'Yule Shoot Your Eye Out'

Most Christmas songs are joyful and full of cheer, but some aren’t, some are angry, bitter and nasty, like this 2003 cut, which Fall Out Boy contributed to the charity album A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas. It’s a typical Fall Out Boy track, full of sharp lyrical barbs and unflinching wordplay, all set to gentle melody.

 

14. Judy Garland – 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

Taken from the classic 1944 musical Meet Me In St Louis, Garland’s tearjerking ballad still remains absolutely iconic.

 

13. Kelly Clarkson – 'Underneath The Tree'

The one-time American Idol’s winner first Christmas album came out last year, it was mostly covers of the kind of songs that you’d expect, but it also contained some corking new cuts, with ‘Underneath The Tree’ the best of them. It’s joyful, passionate and instantly puts a big fat grin across your face.

 

12. Elmo & Pasty – 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer'

Elmo and Patsy’s 1979 single is both very funny and downright strange. The story of a grandma, who gets drunk, stumbles home, meets an untimely end and forces the family to wear black on Christmas. It’s an odd listen, but a very fun one.

 

11. Slow Club – 'Christmas TV'

The Sheffield’s twosome’s 2009 EP Christmas, Thanks For Nothing is a thing of wonder. Six brilliant tracks, with ‘Christmas TV’, it’s final song, the finest of them. It’s a folky, Bob Dylan esque ditty, both wonderfully hopeful and delicately sad, it’s one of the best Christmas songs of the last 20 years.

 

Check back tomorrow for Numbers #10 - #2. Revisit #100 - #91#90 - #81#80 - #71#70 - #61#60 - #51, #50 - #41, #40 - #31 and #30 - #21 here.

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