I try to save listening to Christmas music until 1st December, but in reality I’m listening to it through November too. I blame working in retail for that one!
My taste in Christmas music is eclectic. Here’s a handy link to my playlist on Spotify:
In this post, I’m going to explain why some of the songs made it onto the playlist and why I love them so much.
There are quite a few stories that go with these so hold on to your Santa hats!
Christmas Lights – Coldplay
I love this song so much. This is my absolute favourite Christmas song (which also explains why there’s a few covers of it on my playlist too!). Like the majority of songs on this list, I can’t actually remember first hearing it. But I always listened to this as I was walking to the bus stop to get the college bus through December. It would always be dark outside while I was walking and the song felt so fitting. I sort of miss that walk in the mornings now because I really enjoyed it in the winter
Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
I don’t think I ever really listened to anything by Ariana Grande much before this, but now I really love her. Before last Christmas, this would never have made it onto my Christmas Playlist. But last year, it was on our Christmas Playlist at work and I was putting up some of the Christmas trees while it was on so it just makes me think of that. It’s nice to have a Christmas song to listen to that isn’t too cheesy!
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
My first memory of this song is that (I think) it was on the DVD of a Rudolph movie that came out of a box of cereal. Why don’t you get DVDs in cereal any more?! But I obsessively watched that film one Christmas when I was little and this song was on it. If I need a song to get me into a Christmassy mood quickly, this is the one!
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
We always have music channels on the telly while we put up the Christmas tree in the lounge. Almost every year when I was younger we would end up with the same repeat of Noddy Holder’s Christmas Countdown and this is the song I remember most vividly from that. I love all of the Band Aid versions of this and it’s absolutely brilliant.
Under a Million Lights – Tom Chaplin
This, along with all of the other Tom Chaplin songs on this playlist, again reminds me of last Christmas. The album came out last year and I always listened to it on my way to and from work. This song reminds me of when they first put the Christmas tree up at the shopping centre I work at and I would drive past it at night as I was leaving work with this song on and it would make me smile.
In The Bleak Midwinter – Annie Lennox
I’ve always loved Annie Lennox’s Christmas album. I can’t explain why because it is definitely not my genre of music! But any song from the album reminds me of cold nights at home on the lead up to Christmas.
Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
At secondary school on the lead up to Christmas, the lessons would become less and less like lessons and more just sessions for messing around in. For our IT lessons, we did nothing in the last few weeks other than mess around. In the days where my school blocked access to YouTube (how very dare they?!) we discovered a folder on the shared system of just Christmas songs, and this is the one I think of when I think of those lessons. I’ve always loved this song but now I love it even more because it reminds me of my secondary school. Although I hated school while I was there, I miss it now.
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
In my last couple of years at secondary school, there would always be a trip to The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham in December. I always made a Christmas playlist for me and my friends to listen to on the way there. The last time I went, my iPod had run out on the way home so we were stuck listening to the radio on the coach. We were stuck in traffic and this came on and made us laugh.
What songs are on your Christmas playlist? Let me know in the comments!