hmv.com presents... The 100 Greatest Christmas Songs: #80 - #71
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 #80 all the way through to #71.
Back in 2003, it felt like The Darkness could do no wrong, so what do you do when you’re selling out stadiums and flogging albums by the boatload? You try to get a Christmas Number One of course.
This track, like everything in their catalogue, sounds like it’s been nicked from Brian May’s vaults and has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek. Ultimately, it lost out on the battle for the top spot, but it still gets played a lot, each and every festive season.
The 70s reggae star remains the BBC’s most-banned artist and it’s easy to hear why. This Christmas ditty is jam-packed with innuendo and rudeness, all set to a beat straight out of Kingston.
78. The White Stripes – 'Candy Cane Children'
It’s quite hard to get hold of these days, but the White Stripes’ attempt at a Christmas song is pretty much everything you’d want from them. Driven by a bluesy guitar riff and bolstered percussion, with Jack White snarling over the top.
This originally emerged as the B-Side to the Purple One’s 1984 single ‘I Would Die 4 U’ and is suitably eccentric. Rather than being full of cheer, this tells the story of a man mourning his lover who died on Christmas Day from pneumonia, all set to a dirgey guitar riff and pounding piano.
Amos’s 2009 album Midwinter Graces largely saw the singer-songwriter putting her own spin on a series of classic carols, but there a few original songs and this is the finest one. A lovely, jaunty tale of a quiet winter’s evening, it’s wonderfully charming.
Roy Wood has a long-distinguished career with The Move and Electric Light Orchestra, but he’s most well-known for this bombastic festive anthem. It’s re-entered the chart nine times since it’s release. Nine times!
The Killers love a Christmas song, they’ve released nine of them over the years. This was their first one and the best. It’s wry and packed with that same charging rhythm that powers every great Killers show.
Country behemoths Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton teamed up back in 1984 to record a typically full-on Christmas album. This cut is the album’s highlight, it’s a thigh slapping Christmas treat.
Back in 2010, the big-lunged, permanently cynical Slipknot frontman had a go at doing his own Christmas song. It’s big, catchy and lots of fun. It’s also really rude, which is when Taylor’s at his best.
71. Weezer – 'We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas'
The slacker rock gods take on the festive staple is typically ramshackle and full of charm. A must for any alternative playlists.