By Kate Lillie
Originally published on Global Comment
For the last month, we at Global Comment have posted a song a day of the best Christmas songs of all time. Now, here they are gathered together into one post, with an added Spotify list. What’s your favourite Christmas song? Did we get it right? Let us know in the comments.
Another classic from 1973, and probably Vladimir Putin’s favourite Christmas song.
The only Christmas song I know of which makes the Angel Gabriel into an alien (luckily, a friendly alien). Also, my dog’s favourite Christmas song.
And the award for best hair goes to…
The Boney M carousel. Need I say more?
Great song, hilarious video. What’s not to love?
The most tongue-in-cheek sad/not sad Christmas song of all time.
If the title Father Christmas wasn’t already taken by Santa Claus, it would belong to Bing Crosby. This is a man who can even make the Cuban Missile Crisis festive.
Drug abuse, alcoholism, swearing and relationship breakdown – the anti-Christmas Christmas song.
A light-hearted caper through the holidays in this 1960s classic.
Dean Martin died on Christmas day, but left us this gorgeous song to remember him by.
Because Santa’s hot rod deserves a song of its own.
All the way back to the 1950s, when people used to dance around their Christmas trees for fun.
An anti-war protest Christmas classic.
A very happy Motown Christmas – this song is a slice of sheer delight.
One of the best Christmas songs of all time.
Beautiful, simple, bittersweet.
The showgirl song of the collection, and all-singing, all-dancing production and one of the very few worthwhile modern additions to your playlists.
Two amazing songs by former Beatles released ten years apart, and very different in character.
The original 1930s sheet-music Christmas hit, sung by one of the biggest bands of the 1960s. Yes, really.
A beloved childhood classic from the titans of glam rock, this song is not just a fantastic party tune, it’s also an incredible video.
Be seduced by Chris’ husky voice as he drives home for Christmas.
The best Christmas song of the 1980s: a tangled tale of love, loss, betrayal and hairspray.
My favourite Christmas song ever, and the most fun song to sing along (badly) to.
It was last year’s most-streamed Christmas song on Spotify in the UK and it earns Noddy and his bandmates an estimated £500,000 in royalties every year; possibly even less than they deserve for brightening the Christmases of so many people over the past forty years. Merry Xmas Everybody!
As an added extra from the team at Global Comment, we wanted to give you a little Christmas gift… in the form of a Spotify playlist. It includes all of the songs from our musical advent calendar as well as lots more which we didn’t have enough days to feature. There are some great songs in here which will liven up your Christmas (or your car journeys) and they are great for singing along to with your dog, as I can testify. So – happy Christmas! https://open.spotify.com/user/globalcomment/playlist/4rx0hQfTKqCYr0TiDUaLn1