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.
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…
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.
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.
It’s sugary and syrupy as you like, but then so is Christmas, embrace it.
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.
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.
Taken from the classic 1944 musical Meet Me In St Louis, Garland’s tearjerking ballad still remains absolutely iconic.
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.
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.
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.