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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Top 10 Work's Christmas Party Songs!

So, we have already posted our own artsy, alternative Christmas playlist for this holiday period, but I pose the question—what about the old favourites? What about those songs that transport us back to Christmas discos, men in red suits and plastic beards and decorating the tree with the ones you love. Here’s the top 10 songs that encapsulate the Christmas period to me and no doubt you. Hey, the lyrics may be cheesy, the score may not be the melodic orgasms we're used to on this blog, but everyone has a different memory attached to each of these classics… so why not?

1. Do They Know Its Christmas? – Band Aid
Ah yes, that old chestnut. Course, I’m talking the original, the 80’s version with such names as Phil Collins, David Bowie, Jools Holland, Paul Weller, Bono and Paul McCartney to name but a few. It was set up by Bob Geldoff (yes, he’s known for more then having stupidly named, pointless offspring) and Midge Ure to raise money and awareness for the Ethiopian’s who were living in extreme poverty. I think its absolutely brilliant.

2. Fairytale of New York -- The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
I know it featured on the old playlist too, but I think it deserves another mention. Honestly how couldn’t I mention it with lyrics such as ‘You scumbag, you maggot, You cheap lousy faggot, Happy Christmas your arse , I pray God it's our last” . Absolute genius. Its definitely worth a listen! Love it!

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Ok, so I am not a big lover of Mariah. A woman is a voice as powerful as that finds herself prancing around in the worlds smallest bikini’s and singing ‘why you so obsessed with me?’ and completely ignoring the fact she has the vocal range of a goddess? Well, it annoys me. But this song is brilliant, an awesome cheesy Christmas tune to drunkenly snog that unsuspecting work colleague at the Christmas do to…

4. John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Who doesn’t love a little peace and love at Christmas time? Especially when its sang by the legend that is John Lennon and an army of tiny angelic voices. This song actually gives me chills and it enough to make even the biggest Scrooge smile upon any old Tiny Tim. Beautiful!

5. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Perhaps the catchiest, cheesiest, most overplayed Christmas song of all time? Despite this I find myself jiving jovially whenever the Christmas season rolls around and this classic begins to get all its air time. Which is a lot. This one reminds me of Christmas parties when I was a kid at the local Navy club, when I was all glitter and feathers. Absolute bliss.

6. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
Another corny 70’s that has stood the test of time since it was first released in 1973 by the glam-rock band Slade. In a 2007 poll it was even voted the UK’s most popular Christmas song and still finds itself onto the radio of the nation and into their hearts as well. May it never go old!

7. Last Christmas – Wham!
My personal favorite Christmas tune, so much so that I actually know all the words and belted them out in the common room just the other day, to the grimacing, embarrassed faces of my friends. And like the others on this list it has definitely stood the test of time. Since its release it has been covered by a number of artists, many haven’t done it justice, Wikipedia just told me Ashley Tisdale and the Crazy Frog was one of these artists, I threw up a little in my mouth. But over all, you can’t beat this classic hit and a Christmas song which is definitely timeless.

8. White Christmas – Bin Cosby
No Christmas list would be complete without this one. From the movie with the same name, this song is the oldest on our list, being released 1954, yet still holds true in the hearts of all generations. The movie and the song are played almost every Christmas and in many households its tradition to watch it with the family. What’s not to love?

9. Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
The sexy Christmas song which just about sums up all the materialism of the Christmas period. This song reminds me of a dance show I did a few years back, naughty santa outfits and stiletto heels, hardly the type of thing for a family thing. But this song is definitely the song you want to be smooching under the mistletoe to, so why not?

10. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Fun fact: Actually my mums’ favorite Christmas song. So this one is for you Mummy Trumper (yes, that is my surname, thanks for pointing that one out Eileen!). A satirical look at the hustle and bustle that happens at this time of year, but it ends with the realization that actually Christmas is awesome…

And on that note, I bid you adieu. Merry Christmas everyone. Don’t get drunk at your Christmas parties and snog your bosses, don’t pass out in your turkey in front of your grandma after too much sherry and keep the Santa secret hush hush for another year. I thought he was real until I was 12… man, I’m sad.


Eileen said...

Chloe, Chloe, Chloe- everyone knows that 'Fairytale of New York' is vastly superior to Band Aid- it's like a fact of life, or something...

Chloe said...

its not in order eileen!

Charles said...

Who are the Progues?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me that finds the phrase "decorating the tree with the ones you love" sounds so much more disturbing than it was intended to?

Chloe said...

i think its just you mr anonymous! dirty minded and mysterious. i like it.

Anonymous said...

If they're not in an order then why is it called The Top 10 Work's Christmas Party Songs and why are they numbered?
Pogues ftw

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