FEATURE: All We Want for Christmas: The Ten Best Christmas Tracks




All We Want for Christmas


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The Ten Best Christmas Tracks


AS it is the first of December...


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it seems only right to break the seal from the Christmas song ban and let a few of them through! I realise we will be subjected to several weeks of those old and familiar tracks; there are a selection of fresh and modern Christmas songs that are offering variety. It might take a few more years before they get into the heart the same way as the tested and cherished Christmas song and, whilst it can irritating walking into shops and hearing Christmas music endlessly, there is something warming and pleasant hearing these familiar tracks. A great Christmas track can evoke all the sides and familiar elements of the time and create something that sticks in the head and stands alongside any traditional track. There are plenty of bad and grating Christmas tracks but it is the classics we all love. Here, in my view, are the ten finest Christmas songs that I’m guessing you’ll be hearing...


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QUITE a lot in the next few weeks!



Mariah CareyAll I Want for Christmas Is You


Release Date: 1st November, 1994

Label: Columbia

Songwriters: Mariah Carey/Walter Afansieff

Producers: Mariah Carey/Walter Afansieff

Original Highest Chart Position: 9 (U.S.)

SladeMerry Christmas Everybody


Release Date: 7th December, 1973

Label: Columbia

Songwriters: Noddy Holder/Jim Lea

Producer: Chris Chandler

Original Chart Position: 1 (U.K.)

Wham!Last Christmas


Release Date: 3rd December, 1984

Labels: Columbia/Epic

Songwriter: George Michael

Producer: George Michael

Original Chart Position: 2 (U.K.)

Bing Crosby - White Christmas


Release Date: 30th July, 1942

Label: Decca

Songwriter: Irving Berlin

Original Chart Position: 1 (U.S.)

WizzardI Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday


Release Date: December 1973

Labels: Harvest/Warner Bros. Records

Songwriter: Roy Wood

Producer: Roy Wood

Original Chart Position: 4 (U.K.)

Brenda LeeRockin’ Around the Christmas Tree


Release Date: 1958 (U.S.)/December 1962 (U.K.)

Label: Decca

Songwriter: Johnny Marks

Producer: Owen Bradley

Original Chart Position: 14 (U.S.)

Chris ReaDriving Home for Christmas


Release Date: 10th December, 1988

Label: Magnet

Songwriter: Chris Rea

Producers: Chris Rea/Stuart Eales

Original Chart Position: 53 (U.K.)

Paul McCartneyWonderful Christmastime


Release Date: 16th November, 1979

Labels: Parlophone/Columbia

Songwriter: Paul McCartney

Producer: Paul McCartney

Original Chart Position: 6 (U.K.)

The Pogues (ft. Kirsty MacColl)Fairytale of New York


Release Date: 23rd November, 1987

Label: Pogue Mahone

Songwriters: Jem Finer/Shane MacGowan

Producer: Steve Lillywhite

Original Chart Position: 2 (U.K.)

John & Yoko/The Plastic Ono Band (with The Harlem Community Choir)Happy Xmas (War Is Over)


Release Date: 1st December, 1971 (U.S.)/24th November, 1972 (U.K.)

Label: Apple

Songwriters: John Lennon/Yoko Ono

Producers: Phil Spector/John Lennon/Yoko Ono

Original Chart Position: 4 (U.K.)