Christmas – “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. (Thank you, Andy Williams!)
Christmas music is an essential part of the festive season and a wonderful way to celebrate it in whichever way you choose. Whether it’s religious or secular, happy or sad, trashy or fancy – there is seasonal music for everyone. With the release of this article, this Christmas-loving writer has now released a trilogy of guides to help you create the perfect Christmas playlist. Before reading any further, check out the previous volumes:
Building on our past learning, students, here’s a new topic that will help you make this year’s Christmas playlist even better than the last –
“The Christmas Album”:
These words fill me with dread and excitement, almost in equal measure. Christmas albums are to singers what fragrances are to actors: nearly all of them have a go at releasing one, at least once, and they don’t always get it right. It’s not always entirely safe to assume that you will like the Christmas album of a favourite artist – and it certainly isn’t the case that you won’t enjoy at least PART of the Christmas album of an artist you don’t normally like (*Cough cough*, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, *cough cough*).
The most entertaining Christmas Album releases of 2017, for me –
You can see the past editions for some of my favourite picks. Here are few new tracks for you to check out and maybe add to your 2017 playlist:
- ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid 1984 featuring a truly phenomenal line-up of stars. Do also enjoy the visual delights of this clip’s ‘behind the scenes’ footage.
- ‘Maybe This Christmas’ – Originally by Ron Sexsmith, performed beautifully in this version by Katie Noonan.
- ‘Last Christmas’ – Especially important to include Wham! this year as Christmas marks the first anniversary of George Michael’s death.
- ‘How To Make Gravy’ – An amazing track from Paul Kelly. Be sure to check out various live versions from recent years, often featuring other great Aussie and Kiwi talents.
- ‘Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto’ – A something from James Brown is a welcome addition to any playlist – and Christmas is no exception. This track and many other gems can be found on ‘The Motown Christmas Collection’ albums.
- ‘Oh Santa!’ – This offering from Mariah Carey is totally trashy but totally great. It’s sure to get you all dancing!
Don’t forget to check out anything from my top Christmas bloke – John Rutter, King of Christmas. He is currently running a musical advent calendar, sharing some great examples of religious Christmas music. Follow the advent playlist on his Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Wishing you all the very best for your Christmas playlist creating and for the festive season.
P.s. I mentioned Sia’s Christmas Album earlier in the article. We all know that Sia has a unique approach to pronunciation so have a drink or two with friends and enjoy trying to decipher the lyrics of her various tracks.