If you, like me, are a little fed-up of the same old Christmas music every year (let’s face it, there’s only so much Slade one can handle), then check out our Top 8 Christmas Tracks of 2017!
8. CHARLY BLISS – ‘ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU’
Charly Bliss join the plethora of artists who have covered Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit. Written in 1994, ‘All I Want For Christmas’ continues to be a Christmas favourite (possibly the most popular Christmas song of all time), placing at No. 2 in the UK singles chart this year, improving from last year’s impressive No. 5 position. In typical Charly Bliss style, Eva’s heavenly, bubbly vocals pierce through the grunge guitars, in-keeping with the upbeat, fun feel of the original. The perfect addition to your Christmas party playlist.
7. THE RHYTHM METHOD – ‘THE RHYTHM METHOD’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL’
The Rhythm Method have blessed us with their very own ‘Christmas Special’! In true Rhythm Method fashion, the lyrics consist of dry wit although they are sung in a slightly out of tune melody rather than performed in Joey’s signature spoken word style. The song focuses on themes of a typical British Christmas, making special mentions of pantos, The Graham Norton Show, Top Of The Pops and Boxing Day sales. Their video, in the style of a home video, is set in a British home, featuring tatty, dated furniture and a shoddy Christmas tree to match. ‘The Rhythm Method’s Christmas Special’ is a jolly tune, reaming with Christmas spirit, despite their deadpan faces.
6. CREEPER – ‘FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK’
Despite possibly not being as covered as Mariah Carey, The Pogues’ 1987 ‘Fairytale of New York’ is still a popular Christmas classic. We now have a new version to jig along to thanks to Creeper. The gothic punk band are a good fit for this song as they consist of a keyboard player which they take advantage of during the piano introduction. This cover makes up a third of their Christmas EP which also features a cover of ‘Blue Christmas’ as well as their original song ‘Same Time Next Year?’.
5. CATHOLIC ACTION – ‘NO ANGELS’
Glaswegian four-piece Catholic Action have released their cheeky original festive EP which includes ‘No Angels’ and a Christmas mix of their previously released song ‘New Year’. Featuring lyrics such as ‘you can’t have sex at Christmas, you can’t make love or screw’, the tongue-in-cheek ‘No Angels’ ridicules Christmas traditions. The band have stated creating a Christmas song was a “massive desire” which may not have taken place if they hadn’t have bumped into the one and only Noddy Holder last year which they unquestionably treated as a sign. A great track to sing along to, while bladdered!
4. PHOEBE BRIDGERS – ‘HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS’
Half way through the chart, we have the lovely Phoebe Bridgers who has released a very pretty cover of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, originally made famous by Judy Garland back in 1944. Bridgers’ version is a 21st Century Indie take on the classic. With a much slower tempo, she has created a chilled out, lullaby vibe, perfect for an idyllic evening by a log fire, sipping Baileys hot chocolate. A go-to song after a tiring day of festivities.
3. THE NEW FEVER – ‘A CHRISTMAS NIGHT’
Danish duo The New Fever come in third place with their original festive track ‘A Christmas Night’ which describes a Christmas day and night in Copenhagen. The recently renamed band (originally Spacey Kevin) add some synth to the chart, creating a retro sound which wouldn’t seem out of place amongst ’70s Christmas classics, matched by their DIY video. The chilled out beat and token tubular bells would work wonders during the slow dance section of a Christmas party.
2. WOLF ALICE – ‘SANTA BABY’
Just missing out on the top spot, Wolf Alice have covered Eartha Kitt’s flirty 1958 Christmas hit, ‘Santa Baby’. Wolf Alice’s version incorporates similar qualities to the original, such as the use of effects on Eva’s heavenly vocals to create a ’50s feel, however the production is more stripped back and intimate, only consisting of vocals and a guitar. Plus, the tempo is slightly faster, making it easier to bob along to compared to the slumberous original.
1. GIRL RAY – ‘(I WISH I WERE GIVING YOU A GIFT) THIS CHRISTMAS’
Coming in at first place on the Born Music Top 8 Christmas Songs of 2017 is Girl Ray and their cheerful festive hit ‘(I Wish I Were Giving You A Gift) This Christmas’. The London trio are spreading Christmas cheer by releasing this almost 5-minute-long track, which features their signature soft, dreamy vocals, bells and a children’s choir. Their accompanying DIY video, although admittedly filmed in September, embodies Christmas, exhibiting everything from bleak scenery to excessive drinking. This feel-good song certainly puts one in the festive spirit. Cheers!
“Filmed exclusively in the taboo non-festive months of late September, four fools with the combined intelligence and fragility of a candy cane travel around Europe smiling and pointing at anything vaguely Christmassy. A completely inaccurate representation of life on the road but it’s a bit cute isn‘t it. So. If you’re having a lonely Christmas, then watch us pretending to enjoy the thing in the beating heart of Europe. Friendship! Taxidermy! Feet! We bring it all to the dinner.”