How to create the perfect festive playlist

There are only so many days left until Christmas. Everyone’s getting in the spirit, putting their Christmas tree up and gathering loved ones for mulled wine and mince pies. It is also time to create that annual festive playlist — something I do each year. There’s nothing better than listening to Christmas music and putting the lights up.

We’ve got to start with the classics, right?

Here are my top 10 Christmas songs every playlist needs:

  1. Mariah Carey: “All I want for Christmas”

A Christmas classic that everyone knows and I expect is in everyone’s playlist (unless it’s a song that gets on your nerves — I don’t blame you). This song is popular every festive season — no wonder it’s number one on this list! It could be either the best Christmas song or, in my opinion, the most annoying.

  1. Wham: “Last Christmas”

A ballad of hopeless romance, “Last Christmas” features synths and sleighbells and some memorable knitted jumpers in the video. A heartfelt tune.

  1. The Pogues: “Fairytale of New York”

It’s not Christmas without singing a bit of “Fairytale of New York”. “It was Christmas Eve babe”… “Fairytale of New York” is considered a classic.

  1. Shakin’ Stevens: “Merry Christmas Everybody”

A classic Christmas song, where Stevens makes you want to dance and sing from the top of your lungs just from the sound of the piano and vocals.

  1. Band Aid 30: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984 version)

A song inspired by the Ethiopian famine during 1983-1985. A Christmas favourite.

  1. Wizzard: “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”

Something I used to say as a kid, I wished it was Christmas everyday purely for the presents and festive food. I expect a few of us felt this way.

  1. Michael Bublé: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

We’ve got to have some Michael Bublé in our playlist — it’s not Christmas without: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…”

  1. Chris Rea: “Driving Home for Christmas”

The song originally was written in 1978, 10 years before its release date. I believe most of us will be driving home to see our families, if you aren’t local to them already.

  1. Kelly Clarkson: “Underneath the Tree”

The festive hit comes from Clarkson’s Christmas album Wrapped in Red, a song that just gets you up and going and in the festive mood.

  1. Elton John: “Step into Christmas”

“Are you asking me to step into Christmas?” as Smithy from Gavin and Stacey says. It’s time to step into Christmas.

As much as we love the classics, we can’t always have them on repeat, right? We’ve got to have some cheesy hits on our playlist, too.

My top 10 underrated songs (in no particular order):

  • “My Favourite Things” – Tony Bennett
  • “Silent Night” – Aretha Franklin
  • “Santa Baby” – Ariana Grande
  • “Feliz Nevidad” – Jose Feliciano
  • “It’s Christmas Time again” – The Backstreet Boys
  • “One More Sleep” – Leona Lewis
  • “I am the Grinch” – Tyler, the Creator
  • “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” – Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • “Dominick the Donkey” – Lou Monte
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Michael Buble & Idina Menzel

Alongside this list, you should check out “Everyday Is Christmas” by Sia, “Christmas in New York” from the album Christmas in the City by Lea Michele and “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas” by Leading Ladies. Of course, we can’t forget Ed Sheeran and Elton John’s new Christmas song, “Merry Christmas”, and “Come on Home for Christmas” by George Ezra.

Now that we have our Christmas playlist together, from Mariah Carey to Michael Bublé and Tony Bennett, we can get 100% into the cheer and festivities. From mine to yours, I wish you a merry Christmas and a safe one.