REVIEW: The best Christmas songs in 2017

REVIEW: The best Christmas songs in 2017

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Christmas is just around the corner. (Photo Credit: PA Wire)

Since it’s the festive season and it’s time to jingle some bells and drink some mulled wine, On the Scene investigated what is greatest Christmas-inspired song of all time.

Let’s look at some contenders?

NB: This can cause a lot of controvesy so I’d like to give notice to some contenders who failed to reach my last five.

Step Into Christmas, Driving Home For Christmas, White Christmas and Stop The Calvery all had to sadly miss out.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

All I Want For Christmas propelled Mariah Carey to stardom

Mariah Carey’s greatest hit was released back in 1994, I wasn’t even born then!

However, it still finds its way into the charts every year and remains one of the most popular pop songs in the world.

In 2015, it was estimated that Carey still earns over $300,000 per year from the song, a tune which features one of the catchiest choruses of all time.

Many additional versions of the song are available, including a Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey collaboration in 2015.

LAST CHRISTMAS

George Michael was the biggest member of Wham!

This Christmas will mark one year since George Michael’s tragic death.

The news shocked everybody who had grown up with the pop icon and Last Christmas is one of his greatest creations.

As part of pop group Wham!, Michaels wrote and released the song in 1984 but amazingly the song never got to number one.

Topped by a song that will feature later on in this list, the song remains the highest-selling single to never reach number one in the charts.

The song itself is a catchy pop song with a smooth beat, synonymous with the 80’s.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Shakin’ Stevens were massive in the 1980’s (Photo Credit: PA Wire).

Shakin’ Stevens 1985 hit is a christmas classic, with it’s one line particularly well known.

The Welsh band saw their song shoot to number one and since then has been featured on numerous Christmas song albums.

It’s the perfect song to play on Christmas Day itself.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

Michael Jackson’s career started in a band with his brothers.

Although covered over 200 times by various artists, the most popular version of this song is by Michael Jackson and his group The Jackson 5.

Michael’s high pitch vocals and the motown vibes create one of the best christmas jingles.

Backing vocals galore, the Jackson’s created another catchy festive tune.

 

FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

Shane McGowan was the lead singer of The Pogues

The debate still rages on over whether this is a Christmas song or not: In my eyes, it’s a Christmas song.

I’d say it’s one of more alternative songs but nevertheless, it’s one of the most popular.

The Pogues alongside the sadly departed Kirsty MacColl produced this Irish folktale back in 1987.

Today, it is the most played christmas song of the 21st century, and I hope not just because it contains a couple of derogatory terms.

The song tells the story of a man and woman in New York, with Shane MacGowan’s rugged vocals providing some genius lyrics.

It also never reached number one, but is still highly regarded by critics and fans alike.

THE VERDICT

Personally, our favourite Christmas song of all time is… FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK.

It’s hard to think of a more diverse song, that is outside my usual genre, that has caught me in it’s web more than The Pogues classic.

That being said, what is your favourite ever Christmas song as we move into the festive season?

 

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