Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Welcome back to the second post of Blogmas!

Christmas just isn't the same without a playlist of the cringiest, nostalgic songs that can only be blasted out guiltlessly once a year! These songs are everywhere and, if you fight them, Christmas can be an extremely annoying time of year. My advice is to just go with it and create your own playlist of your festive favourites and fight the potentially day-ruining chimes of cheer- just as I have. Whether you love them or hate them, there's a Christmas song for everyone so sit back, embrace the cheese and, with an insight into my trusty Christmas playlist, you just might find the perfect song for you!

'Fairytale Of New York', released by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, cannot be missed off any Christmas playlist. Period. From the opening chimes, the dark twist on Christmas time and what it stands for resinates with the inner scrooges in all of us, finding joy in the upbeat chorus through the insulting verses. There is nothing more satisfying than screaming 'you scumbag, you maggot' at the top of your lungs, especially if you've had one too many and your Uncle Steve is going hard on the piano. It is a song to remind all of us that, even if life is a bit shit, you can't fight Christmas (even if you can't stand who you're sharing it with)...which particularly relates to the shocking year of 2016. It's almost over. Thank God.

Say what you want about Mariah Carey nowadays, the best thing she ever did was grace us with this song (unless you hate it, that is. Then it is everywhere and I am so,so sorry. BUT, in the word's of the Grinch 'cheer up dude, it's Christmas'). This song turns a shy, retiring kind into an soulful diva, demanding that the Twiglet selection gets pushed aside so you can jump upon the table and belt out ALL the notes, even if it's not humanly possible. It's a firm favourite and it is staying. 

This has got to be one of my all-time favourite songs for the festive season. '2000 miles', by the Pretenders, is perfect for those of you who love a bit of nostalgia but hate 'in your face' Christmas music. This is one of those songs that you don't recognise by the name but, once the song kicks in, you've definitely heard it played before as a welcome relief from all of the jingling bells of the other songs of the season. 

Modern Christmas songs are hard to come by, when it comes to quality, but this insanely pop-fuelled take on Wham's 'Last Christmas' is such a guilty pleasure. Give it time as the beginning is not the best at displaying the true Christmassy potential and before long you'll be shouting 'THIS IS OUR LAST-LAST CHRISTMAS YOU BROKE MY HEART', thinking of all of the exes you've ever had (even if you were 12 and James liked your best friend more). This has been on repeat as, whoever broke Ariana's heart around Christmas deserves to have one more person screaming this song at the top of their lungs at them. 

If driving in traffic could be made any more bearable, this song would do the trick. I fell in love with this song due to my love of Gavin and Stacey but, now this is a permanent feature on my Christmas playlist, I can be stuck in traffic for hours and I just feel like I'm recreating the drive to Essex. Extremely laid back with beautiful tones, this song is a firm favourite.

Coldplay's 'Christmas Lights' is another song that isn't all cheer and celebrations but there is something extremely magical about it. It makes for such easy listening and, more often than not, it is far more relatable to real life than all this rocking around the Christmas tree rubbish. Coldplay fan or not, this is their typical sound but I'd definitely give it a go as it might just be a welcome relief from someone unexpected.

Finishing on a complete classic, this tune is a family favourite and is sure to put a smile on even the grumpiest of face's. I often listen to this following a long shift in retail as, those who work in shops/with food over the holidays know, Christmas spirit is hard to keep up when people are 10x grumpier and more demanding than usual, and come in flocks. Elton is bound to inject a bit of joy into your day so dig out your most ridiculous pair of glasses and turn this up. 

What's on your Christmas playlist? How do you go about avoiding Christmas tunes at this time of the year if you absolutely loathe the festivity? 

Hope you enjoyed,

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