I love Christmas; I love the lights strung up all over town, I love decorating my Christmas trees, I adore going late night shopping and I can polish off a bottle of mulled wine in a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ type of fashion. I don’t know how or when this happened to me, perhaps it’s because at this time of year everything is sparkly and glittering or maybe it’s due to the fact it’s totally acceptable to eat, drink and be merry at any given opportunity. If there is one thing that can instantly bring a smile to my face and get me dancing around the house by myself it’s a solid Christmas playlist.
When it comes to festive tunes, I have a split personality. On one hand nothing beats the chart infiltrating pop gold, the Christmas classics. But on the other hand the emo princess that lies fairly dormant in my head for the most leaps up the second December rolls around, and thus my mash up of a playlist makes it’s long awaited appearance.
1.) All I Want For Christmas Is You – My Chemical Romance
In the same way that Mariah’s voice is instantly recognisable, Gerard Way’s broken heartfelt introduction would grab any mid 00’s alternative kid by the throat. I play it every year on Christmas morning, and though my father always protests, (“MCR are dead get over it! I thought I didn’t have to listen to fuckin’ Gerard Way squawking anymore!. It’s not in the slightest part ‘festive’ but there’s something magical and hugely nostalgic about hearing the patron saints of emo rattling on about mistletoe.
2a.) Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Though a traditional classic, this version drips in nonchalant attitude to begin with. A post-punk 80’s offering to the table that starts with the lyric ‘Bah Humbug’ is a sure fire winner for the non-traditional seasonal devotee.
2b.)Christmas Wrapping – The Front Bottoms
It’s no secret I’m a tiny bit (massively) obsessed with this band. Complete with a hilarious video, in which the band are drunken elves kidnapping Santa, for me this is undoubtedly a perfect cover. If you’re aren’t a fan of the type of singing that is a mixture of speaking and wailing I would probably steer clear, but for the 2016 emo (you’ve grown out of your Black Parade jacket, but not your need for honest ‘I feel a bit sorry for myself’ singers) it’s perfect.
3.) Last Christmas – Wham!
The festive season hasn’t truly begun until my mum is crooning this classic whilst doing her ironing. Another of the sombre sounding Christmas classics it’s almost impossible not to imagine last year’s heartbreak (even if you’ve never had one) as you hum along to this in the cheese aisle at Tesco.
4.) Yule Shoot your Eye Out – Fall Out Boy
‘Merry Christmas, I could care less.’ In traditional FOB fashion this is led by Patrick’s insane vocal range, but those little jungle bells always get my feet tapping
5) Merry Christmas Kiss My Ass – All Time Low
The pop-punk child inside me can never get enough of this one. In the traditional style of ATL it’s just a big joke and fuck you to the season, but I will admit the festive imagery in these lyrics are pretty good.
6) I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
You’re at a family members house and there’s a buffet of every extraordinary food imaginable, someone is far too drunk and attempting to dance to this dangerously close to the Christmas tree. Tradition.
7) One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
This is a guilty pleasure. But this is the first year I’ve been in a relationship at this time of year and I’m away from home to study. I’m going home this weekend and have been listening to this one religiously for the last week with a massive grin on my face. (see also, Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson.)
8) I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Blink 182
‘It’s Christmas time again /It’s time to be nice to the people you can’t stand all year.’ – need I say more.
9) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab For Cutie
This one holds emotive value for me, I lost my best friend a few years ago and I always miss her deeply at Christmas. For anyone who carries the weight of a loss over the festive season this version is perfect for allowing yourself to feel it.
10.) Is This Christmas – The Wombats
This is just every British Christmas wrapped up in the brash northern tones the Wombats present so wonderfully.
11.) Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
This was a lengthy post and if you have made it this far I applaud you.
I could go on forever, and I know there are some undeniable essentials missed from this list, but pop down the shop and pick up a copy of any of the standard ‘Xmas Hits’ albums, a bottle of whatever you fancy and relish in the joy that it’s party season
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone xxx