hmv.com presents... The 100 Greatest Christmas Songs: #40 - #31
Over the next 10 days, hmv.com is going to counting down the 100 greatest Christmas songs ever released. Today, we move on to numbers #40 all the way through to #31.
Tom Petty has built his career on hearty, good-time anthems that are engineered to make thousands of people jump up and down in stadiums and hug each other late at night in bars. His festive anthem ‘Christmas All Over Again’ is no different, a proper sing-along anthem, telling us all ‘Christmas is a rocking time’. He’s not wrong…
Mournful pop duo Hurts take a typically wry and downbeat take on the festive season with this glacial yuletide anthem. It’s still a great tune though.
It sounds like an internet meme, but back in 2007, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges recorded the lead single for the soundtrack for Fred Claus and titled it thus. It’s a typical Ludacris cut, cocky and full of swagger, it’s also definitely the only time an artist has uttered the phrase “Tell Santa Claus to bring a 10 million dollar cheque”…
A staple of every Christmas party playlist, the disco legends’ take on Jester Hairston’s 1956 Christmas carol has been on heavy rotation every December since its release in 1978. It’s funky and all kinds of fun.
The legendary diva loved a Christmas song and this one is her finest efforts, full of glorious harmonies and tongue in cheek humour, it still brings a smile.
Despite possessing easily the most comforting guitar riff ever composed, the story of this 1983 track is actually quite a sad one. Most people imagine it’s written to comfort lovers and friends who are separated by thousands of miles, actually it was inspired by The Pretenders’ former guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, who had died the previous year and how much the band missed him. It’s just as beautiful either way.
Back in 2001 when Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were still part of the all-conquering trio, they took on the festive season with their 8 Days Of Christmas album. It features covers of seven traditional tracks and four originals, of which this is by far the most catchy and most fun.
Another track that becomes an ever present on the radio and in shops as soon as December comes round. Interestingly, the Welsh crooner’s jaunty festive single was actually supposed to come out in 1984, but was pushed back a whole year so as not to clash with the original Band Aid single. It’s not hurt its progress in the years since…
Cheerful, croaky and just as swinging as ever it was, this Satchmo classic is a must for any Christmas party’s playlist.
Christmas is a time for excess, for drinking and eating far too much, for casting aside the maxim of ‘Everything in moderation’, for having everything rich and over the top. What better to soundtrack such decadence than Queen then eh?