Christmas music is, apparently, one of life’s guilty pleasures. Hardly anyone will admit to it, but we’ve all got at least one song that gives us the Christmas tingles. Well, here at Earcandy, we don’t care if it’s deficient in cool, we love Christmas! And in our opinion, it doesn’t get much better than a fully-loaded Christmas playlist. So, this ours, to delight, engage and soothe your festive earlobes.
Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
We’ll start with a slow but powerful one. This track is Stevie Wonder at his goosebumpy best. Beautiful, peaceful and spiritual.
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Couldn’t you just float away on that voice? Few people have ever been able to rival Bing Crosby for those rich, mulled wine tones. Dreamy.
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Time to up the pace? There’s always room for cheese at Christmas, and good ol’ Shaky fills that gap perfectly.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
So many of the songs on this list could be explained by ‘just because!’ And this is one of them. Love or loathe Mariah, this track has ‘Christmas classic’ written all over it and it will never, ever get old.
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
Can you believe that this song was recorded in 1980? Somehow, it feels like it’s been around forever. And yet it’s still so fresh and atmospheric. We just love it.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – It’s Christmas Time
This one is a Motown Christmas miracle. Soothing, soulful and smooth, it’s not really one for tapping the toes, but it’s full of Christmas spirit.
DJ Snake (feat. Alesia) – Bird Machine (Jingle Bells Edition)
… Which is not something that can be said of this track! Nonetheless, it can’t help but make you smile. Check!
Jackson 5 -Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
Time to get back on track? OK. It’s just not Christmas without the Jacksons, and this is one of their greatest.
Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling
There are probably very few people other than Chris De Burgh who know all the lyrics to this song. But there’s probably also very few people who don’t know the chorus, which makes it Christmas gold.
Kay Martin & Her Bodyguards – I Know What You Want for Christmas
Cheeky, cheerful, double entendre-packed, and yet entirely innocent. We love this song because it’s a little bit different.
Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rapping
Something else that’s a little bit different is Kurtis Blow. He was the first internationally commercially successful rapper. If you listen, this seems adorably naïve compared to what we’ve come to expect from rap, but if ever there was a trend-setter, this guy is it.
The Supremes – Joy to the World
Less original, but wonderful for a whole other set of reasons. Hallelujah!
Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Is any contemporary Christmas complete without the Bublé?
The Jackson 5 – I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
This is another of those Jackson’s songs that just can’t be ignored at this time of year. It’s cute, it’s upbeat, it’s ohforgoodnesssake, it’s CHRISTMAS!
Paul McCartney and Wings – Wonderful Christmas Time
For children of the ’80s, this song IS Christmas. It’s Paul McCartney at his silliest – the Frog Chorus notwithstanding – and yet it’s still a great tune, and that’s probably as good a sign of musical genius as any: you can mess around and still be brilliant.
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
And talking of brilliance, this is another terrific track from the ‘60s. Most of us know the song from Mel Smith & Kim Wilde’s parody, but Brenda Lee really rocks.
Wham! – Last Christmas
… You know how we said that some tracks were here ‘just because’? Well, just because.
John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
And this one is here because it’s a sentiment that we can all still hope for.
The Earcandy Christmas Band – Christmas Medley
Finally, if you just can’t choose, why not whack on a medley by our very own Earcandy Christmas Band?