Ho. Ho. Hello!
Greetings of the season to all Broadsheet readers. Who fancies winning a delightfully festive €25 Golden Discs voucher?
Simply tell me below what your favourite Christmas song is?
The winner will be chosen by my elf.
Lines MUST close at 6am Saturday.
Please include video links if possible.
Nick says: Good luck!
Earlier: Last week’s winning entry
Has to be …
Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
I came here to post this.
So, I’ll just give Ringsend a ‘+1’ instead :)
My Da was working in Limerick in the weeks coming up to Christmas ’82
Any time he hears it on the radio he says
“I always remember driving back to Dublin on Christmas Eve and that song came on the radio”
It wasn’t released til 1986
I haven’t got the heart to contradict him though :)
Smith & Burrows – When The Thames Froze. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=644U-jMpDUw
I love all the old classic I grew up with and the sense of nostalgia they give me, but no other ‘new’ song has that effect on me as this one.
Genuinely get the shivers and Christmas feels listening to it.
Great song, Spud. Thanks.
Love this song. The husband introduced me to Smith & Burrows a couple of years ago and that song is on the Xmas playlist every year now.
We don’t mention him, Mildred.
very true, spud
i’d throw ron sexsmith’s ‘maybe this christmas’ into that category of modern classics
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Scrooge Muppet Style.
Wham – Last Christmas
Bob Dylan – Must be Santa. Not for the purists, but a bit of Craic. My kids love this one.
Cant be doing with shakin stevens and that ilk.
Therefore it has to be the junkies christmas by william s burroughs.
A sort of “a christmas carol” for smakheads.
Has a nice twist at the end, enjoy ;)
Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis – Tom Waits
few others can find the beauty in the sordid like he can – and isn’t that what christmas is all about?
+1 ☝️the winner. The beauty in the sordid. Superbly put. The only argument therefore is which version of the song… https://youtu.be/tgsjqn6O6HY
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
A Blondie inspired new-wave ode to Christmas that unlike other festive tunes isn’t overplayed so I’m always happy to bop along to it after finishing ma’s bottle of Baileys.
I have to go with Tom and Cerys and Baby It’s Cold Outside! Two Welsh phenomenal singers plating about :)
I love that version. I dont have any issues with the lyrics either.
*playing! I really need to double check my posts!
I should say that I am not actually a fan of Christmas songs, and in that spirit I have started a petition with my local radio station. If I can manage to have this period go by and NOT hear the awful dirge that is Winter Song, I will be happy :)
@Nick: Don;t you dare!
Happy Xmas the war is Over John Lennon
Oh God! Please no!
One of the most boring pieces of tripe ever written!
Greg Lake-I believe in Father Christmas.Lovely mix of yearning, nostalgia, sadness, with a dash of hope. “The Christmas we get, we deserve”.
Its Mariah Carey
I’m willing to die on this hill
not even close to it
has to be darlene’s :
[if we’re doing songs we secretly love but would never admit out loud:
you’d wanna see how gay i get when this comes on]
“Do they know it’s Christmas?” by Band Aid.
Not because the lyrics are perfect – they aren’t – but it is about compassion for those who are worse off, and wanting to do something about it.
I work in the sector, and no, the lyrics are not perfect. But every year this is one of my favourite songs. So much better the original than the later versions. Perhaps just tapping into an old zeitgeist or whatever, but bring on those lowly bell tolls.
River by Joni Mitchell
There’s something melancholic and nostalgic and lovely about this song which sums up Christmas to me in a way few other Christmas songs do.
It also happens to be my Xmas party piece after a few drinks, but we’ll say no more on that.
Have a link, while I’m here;
I was surprisingly older before I heard that song! Phenomenal!
If this wins, it is worthy!
Just as an aside I wonder what the studios execs thought when they first hear Fairytale of New York. Did they realise how big it would be? Did it blow their minds?
I remember when I first heard it on the radio. Each time I here it still gives me that chill :)
Toni Stante – Mamacita, donde esta Santa Claus?
Rula Kishek – Eid el layl
Don’t know if choosing a carol is cheating, but the Wexford Carol, about that unfortunate family who were imminently to flee Palestine as migrants in search of a safe place to live.
I should have been online earlier! This is what I would have chosen, so now I have to go look into finding another fave song.
Sensational – thank you so much
Flying pickets, only you…
While I’m at it, not a Christmas song but for me it invokes the Christmas season even more than fairytale of New York. don’t know why…
My favourite Christmas movie is Scrooge (1970) featuring Albert Finney.
And my favourite Christmas song is “Thank You Very Much” from that movie.
If you haven’t seen the movie make sure to torrent it for the holidays.
A fantastic Christmas movie musical with a sublime performance from Finney.
Thank You Very Much
From 1932, Georges Thill with ‘Cantique de Noël’
That’s some delivery
Christmas, con queso. Feliz Navidad!
One more for the road.
A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris de Burgh
What a bizarre, lovely song it is and it’s a perennial Christmas favourite in my house. Always puts a smile on my face.
you’re dead to me, millie
Oh it’s handbags at dawn, bitch.
dead, I said
Oh god I hate it. Sorry
leaving aside fact that chris de burgh is the donald trump of the music world – all the toxic narcissism, but none of the entertainment that trump at least offers
It is the marmite of the Xmas music world, I know.
Has to be Bing and Bowie.
Alternatively, there’s the slowcore, Mormon, Gap-ad soundtracked Low version.
Low link here.
It’s silly. It’s timeless. It’s Christmas in Heaven. https://youtu.be/tTUGDhPvJw0
Well it’s Low’s ‘Just Like Christmas’ of course!!
It can only be Father Christmas by The Kinks.
Father Christmas was written by band co-founder Ray Davies. It tells the story of a department store Santa who is surrounded by a group of street kids who want money instead of toys. In five lines the chorus captures the mood as this is what the kids sing to the Santa:
Father Christmas, give us some money
We got no time for your silly toys
We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed
Give all the toys to the little rich boys
In other words; it’s all bullpoo. It’s a time for those with money. If your poor it’s a misery. And everywhere, you’re reminded of that.
It’s a great song and pops a pin in the bubble that is the modern commercial Christmas. If you don’t have money, Christmas really is not for you.
Perfect way to describe the season imho. Great melody too!
Amazed this does not get more airplay!
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ by Henry Rollins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFUgRRYmLvk
Back in the day- Henry Rollins was my ultimate husband.
Since when did posting a Boney M song become racist?
You’ve lost us again…
Hi All. I want to apologise for the tone of some of my comments the other day, particularly to the posters who were at the receiving end. Reading back through them, they come across as snide and judgemental, and someone I do not want to be. One of the joys I have had in music is the range, and the joy it brings to others, even if it is something I do not particularly enjoy.
I will still poke fun at songs I am not necessarily a fan of, but my comments were beyond that, and while I can give a reason, I can give no excuse.
Haha, de nada Slightly in comparison with John Kelly’s reaction to Selina Cartmell’s choice of Bucks Fizz ‘Making Your Mind Up’ on Mystery Train! Now there’s a man wearing his musical heart on his sleeve…
+ 1 to ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. I went searching for Julie London’s version but couldn’t find it.
IT CAN ONLY BE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8
That piano intro sums up Christmas for me & can bring me to tears in 2 bars flat!
love, love, love – not a classic, thee classic!