It’s the hap-happiest season of all. Mainly because we officially have an excuse to eat a month’s supply of chocolate within a mere couple of sittings, but also because it means that we can sing and dance along to some of *the* cheesiest songs known to mankind – and we love it!
So, without further ado, here’s our festive countdown to the greatest Christmas songs…
10. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
It may be almost 60 years old, but Bobby Helms’ ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ is just as popular today as it was back when it was released in 1957. Plus, it make up one of the most memorable scenes in ‘Mean Girls’ – what’s not to love?
9. 8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
If there’s one thing we love it’s a good r’n’b remix of a classic carol. So when Bey and co swapped the partridge in a pear tree and the three french hens for a diamond belly ring and a cropped jacket with dirty denim jeans, we were pretty made up!
8. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
The first lyric of this song is ‘Bah humbug’ and it’s undeniably one of the most catchy Christmas songs out there, so we couldn’t leave this one out.
7. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Originally written as an anti-Vietnam War song, this has become a festive favourite and was the seventh song Lennon released without the Beatles!
6. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
While Buddy and Jovie’s duet in ‘Elf’ is a pretty great version of this song, we can’t deny that Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews together is simply magical.
5. White Christmas – Bing Crosby & Martha Mears
Bing Crosby’s 1942 version of ‘White Christmas’ is our preferred, although Frank Sinatra’s is also a firm favourite.
4. Last Christmas – Wham!
We bet you can’t stop yourselves from singing along to this epic tune! Even Taylor Swift and Coldplay have re-recorded this classic 1984 hit, but no one does it quite like George Michael does.
3. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ hit the number one spot, becoming one of the fastest selling singles in the UK of all time. The song features vocals from some of the biggest names in music at the time including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Bananarama and, of course, Bono.
Plus… the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special just wouldn’t have been the same without it.
2. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
First released in 1987, ‘Fairytale of New York’ is undoubtedly one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. Every year it reappears in the charts, having been re-released in 2012 for its 25th anniversary. Plus, who noticed ‘There’s Something About Mary’ star Matt Dillon in the video?
1. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
There was no way Mariah wasn’t topping our list. We could listen to it on repeat all day and not get bored of this classic Christmas song which was released back in 1994. Many have since recorded versions of it, but nothing beats the original.
Mariah Carey will be bringing her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour to the UK next year. Find tickets here.
Listen to our top picks for yourself and let us know if there are any we should add!