I just love Christmas music and I am always eager to share my irrational passion for it with other people. Before reading any further, check out ‘That Perfect Christmas Playlist’ from our 2015 Summer eNews. Consider this piece ‘Volume 2’ in a guide to your music for the holiday festivities.
I began last year’s guide by slamming ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’. While I stand by my opinion, this year I’ve decided to focus my hatred on ‘Feliz Navidad’. Just – no. Thank you for your enthusiasm and well wishes but – no. Top tip, though: if you do find yourself in a situation involving the singing of ‘Feliz Navidad’, sing it like a British choir boy. It really is endlessly entertaining.
Some new DOs and DON’Ts
DO choose music that you like and DO go exploring for new festive tunes: you will find that some very simple googling will help you expand your knowledge of Christmas music. DON’T include various versions of the same song in the same playlist and DON’T include too many songs by the same artist: contrary to what iTunes might suggest, Michael Bublé does not have a monopoly on the Christmas album market. The final piece of advice for this section is DON’T feel like you have to justify your musical choices. You are a strong and independent person. Believe in yourself.
The Right Amount of Random
It’s always good to have a few funny tunes in your playlist. Some that you might have missed include Bob Dylan’s hilarious ‘It Must Be Santa’ and The Weather Girls’ ‘Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man This Christmas)’. Dylan’s track is like a demented and folksy circus ride of Christmas cheer while The Weather Girls use this tune to take ‘It’s Raining Men’ to an all new level. Stick to randomness in your selection of songs and steer clear of it in the ordering of the songs. Shuffle your feet, not your playlist.
As I wrote last year, I have several different versions of my Christmas playlist. The different versions suit the different events and activities that fill the festive period and it’s important to achieve a balance in each of your playlists. For example, a party playlist can and should still include a few traditional and mellow tunes. Here are some suggestions by category:
- Trashy but great – ‘Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here’ (Kylie Minogue)
- Chill – ‘Christmas Day’ (Dido) and ‘Christmas Lights’ (Coldplay)
- Churchy – Anything by John Rutter (Sir King of Christmas!)
- Be sure to revisit the suggestions from 2015 for more ideas
Wishing you all the very best for your Christmas playlist creating and for the festive season.
P.s. It’s OK to fake the words in a Christmas sing-along. Follow the advice of Michael McIntyre when it comes to the singing of some Christmas favourites: