One of the favourite tasks every Christmas here at Christmas Crackered Towers is to compile a festive track-list and load it up into our Amazon Echo Dot and it have play on a loop in the background. Most of the songs remain the same each year, but there are a few that sneak in after I’ve discovered them and then they slowly become a regular in our Top 10.
This years discovery is ‘Saint Etienne - I Was Born On Christmas Day’ which, although 34 year-old, sits nicely at number 8 in the Christmas Crackered Top 50 for 2017.
Here’s the full list of the top 50 festive tunes that reverberate around CC Towers from October onward. The current Top 10 below have their videos shown with a little snippet of info as to why it’s in the Top 10. Tunes from 11-50 are purely listed to show what’s on the complete Christmas Crackered Echo Dot playlist.
Number 1 - Wham! - Last Christmas
December 25th 2016 marked a very sad day for millions of George Michael fans when he passed away leaving a huge gap in the world of music. In my mind there is no doubt that the release of Last Christmas this year will easily make it to the Number One spot in the nation's charts. It HAS to!
The original release in 1984 only got to number 2 simply because of the charity single from Band Aid was produced to help with the famine in Ethiopia. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ outsold Last Christmas two-fold because the need touched millions of hearts who swiftly plunged their hands into pockets and purses to help with the famine relief.
Last Christmas has everything. The story, the sound, the video! Let’s make it Christmas Number One in 2017 not only for the memory of George, but because it’s just the perfect Christmas song.
Number 2 - The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don’t let the Bells End)
OK, they might be a bit of a parody band and the title does raise a few muffled sniggers, but what a tune! The video makes it even better with lead singer, Justin Hawkins, hamming it up in a log cabin surrounded by all things Christmas.
Released in 2003 it was beaten to the number one spot by the un-festive ‘Mad World’ by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews. Sacrilege!
Number 3 - Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Another permanent Christmas song on the Christmas Crackered playlist and I don’t think it will ever lose a Top 3 position. This is a perfect Festive tune with an upbeat sound full of Christmas jingles and jangles. Released in 1994 in only reached number 2. The top spot that year went to East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’.
There are a two main video versions of this, but the Christmas Crackered favourite is the live version which is a rather grainy version from Tokyo in 1996. Maria sings and looks spectacular!
Number 4 - Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
A relative newcomer, with CC only discovering it last Christmas. Sang live by the lovely Kelly Clarkson. Unbelievably, released in 2013, it only reached number 30 in the UK! We have a feeling that over time it will become a Christmas classic and will rise further up the charts each year.
Kelly really belts out this tune and the video has a real Christmassy feel with a huge Christmas tree, snow and beautiful winter background.
Number 5 - Pretenders - 2000 Miles
Released in 1983, 2000 Miles is actually quite a sad song about being away, or missing, someone. It was written by Chrissie Hynde in remembrance of fellow band member James Honeyman-Scott who sadly passed away a year before 2000 Miles was eventually released.
The video is very much aimed at Christmas though with Chrissie decked out in Salvation Army gear. It peaked at number 15 and is a favourite on many Christmas compilation albums. The video here is the only one I could find of the original release...wonder why Vevo hasn’t released one?
Number 6 - The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Now 36 years old…(yes 36!) released as a single in 1981 it didn’t bother the chart compilers. The following year, it was released again and got to the heady heights of number 45. So why is the song so well known? Well, we suspect it’s because it’s been on many compilation albums at Christmas time and it’s a song that sticks in the mind. It still sounds as if it could be released, new, today!
A real bouncy sing-along song that has long been a Christmas Crackered favourite.
Number 7 - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York
Who cannot love this track? From the grizzled opening lament of the Pogues gravelly voiced front-man, Shane MacGowan, to the bright and breezy clear toned and wonderful Kirsty MacColl...this song has it all. A promise made and broken, a love song of hate and failure...what a song!
A song that can be sung and danced to when we’ve all had a bit too much mulled wine. Released in 1987 it got to Number 2 being held off by another un-festive tune in the form of ‘Always On My Mind’ from the Pet Shop Boys. How this happened is beyond us here at Christmas Crackered Towers!
Number Eight - Saint Etienne - I Was Born On Christmas Day
A new entry into the CC Top 10. This has been on the playlist for a number of years and has grown on us so much it’s crept up our charts and made the Top 10 video list. Whether it will make next years Top 10 will have to be seen, but at the moment, it’s flavour of the month at CC towers.
The actual song was released as ‘Xmas 93’ and featured The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess. The song only got to number 37, but is one of the coolest Christmas songs you can have on your playlist.
Number Nine - Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
A permanent Top 10 tune on the Christmas Crackered playlist. It’s been Number One many times at CC Towers and has, over the years, probably been played more than any other festive tune. The joint oldest song in the Top 10 being released in 1973, 44 years-ago taking number 4 spot in the official charts (beaten by the Christmas Crackered Number 10 entry below).
This was my childhood favourite and was probably responsible for my love of Christmas music. A classic in every sense, with the video being very Christmassy indeed!
Number 10 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
The song that starts every Christmas party! Number One in the Christmas of 1973, the song just oozes Christmas. Slade were known for their fun songs with this being their most famous. So popular were the band, it stayed in the charts well into February 1974!
As soon as the opening bars sound, almost everyone knows what it is and usually know all the words...and sing along raucously. What would Christmas be without a bit of Slade?
...That's Only The Beginning!
So that’s the Christmas Crackered Top 10 for 2017. The following list of another 40 tracks makes up the loop of 50 songs belting out all over the Christmas Crackered household from October onward.
The list is being added to everyday with the latest addition being Annie Lennox’s ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ at Number 51...look out for that rising the CC charts next year!
11-50 Christmas Crackered Festive 50
11 - Elton John - Step Into Christmas
12 - East 17 - Stay Another Day
13 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
14 - The Crystals - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
15 - Bing Crosby - White Christmas
16 - Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
17 - Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
18 - Nat King Cole Trio - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
19 - Doris Day - Winter Wonderland
20 - Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
21 - Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
22 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe And Wine
23 - Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
24 - Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
25 - Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
26 - Perry Como - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
27 - Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
28 - Louis Armstrong - Zat You Santa Claus
29 - Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
30 - Mel Torme - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
31 - Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow
32 - Bing Crosby - Mele Kalikimaka
33 - Queen - Thank God It's Christmas
24 - Gary Glitter - Another Rock 'N' Roll Christmas
35 - John & YokO - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
36 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
37 - Jethro Tull - Ring Out, Solstice Bells
38 - Dean Martin - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
39 - Aled Jones - Walking In The Air
40 - André Prévin - Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite
41 - The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride
42 - Leona Lewis - One More Sleep
43 - Coldplay - Christmas Lights
44 - Bobby Helmes - Jingle Bell Rock
45 - Somewhere In My Memory- John Williams (Home Alone)
46 - Burl Ives - A Holly Jolly Christmas
47 - Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
48 - Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
49 - Dean Martin - Silver Bells
50 - Darlene Love - All Alone On Christmas
There are, of course, hundreds more excellent festive tunes that could have made it onto this Top 50 but those above are the ones being blasted out of our Echo Dot, Christmas 2017. By the start of December, there may be up to 20 additions as the playlist grows to fill the whole day.
What's your Christmas Tune of choice? Is there one that should be in the top 50 above that we've totally forgotten about? Is is blatantly obvious to all, but us?
Please feel free to suggest a track that could well be in the Christmas Crackered Top 10 next year.
With all that said, we do hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Santa brings you what you've always wanted!