Chas ‘n’ Dave – Once In Royal David’s City: For all you lovers of a Cockney knees up, there is this album of festive favourites by the legends of the East End. Who wouldn’t want to hear Christmas Carols sang with cockernee twang?
Sufjan Stevens – That Was The Worst Christmas Ever: There are all manner of great songs, both traditional and self penned, on Stevens Christmas box set. There is a great mix of soft and gentle and a bit more rowdy. So something for everyone.
Hannah Peel – Hey Santa! :A sprightly, folksy song that I found on a CD off of a magazine. It doesn’t seem out of place with the usual songs you hear at this time of year.
The Dickies – Silent Night: My favourite carol, punked up but not beyond recognition. Don’t get me wrong, the traditional version is a beauty, but if you are at a Christmas party, it’s this version all day long!
She & Him – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: Ahh, Zooey Deschanel. She can do no wrong. And that extends to her band with M. Ward. Some classic Christmas songs are given a She & Him reboot on their A Very She & Him Christmas album.
Sea of Bees – Feliz Navidad: A folk version of the Spanish language classic. It’s really lovely!
The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song: The Danish Spector lovers go all Christmas on us, as taken from their ‘festive’ album which is really pretty cool!
The Ramones – (Merry Christmas) I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight: The Ramones will always be The Ramones, even at Christmas. And thank god for that!
Deer Tick – Christmas All Summer Long: The Rhode Island rockers released an EP a few years back entitled Holy Sh*t, It’s Christmas! And this is a track from that EP, I didn’t go for the title track, because I couldn’t very well play that whilst eating Christmas Dinner.
Tom Waits – Christmas Card From a Hooker In Minneapolis: OK, so this isn’t really a Christmas song as such, and is in fact one of the bleakest set of lyrics you will ever hear. But it DOES have Christmas in the title, and it’s by Tom Waits, so it’s in!