A festive treat for RW/FF readers, an immaculate compilation featuring the 24 finest Christmas tracks. Some are well known and well-loved, others are lesser known gems. This playlist is perfect for listening to on Christmas Eve while wrapping the presents, or even while cooking the festive dinner. Just press play on this YouTube playlist. Merry Christmas.
1. THE BEACH BOYS - LITTLE SAINT NICK
2. CHARLES BROWN - PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
3. LOUIS ARMSTRONG - ZAT YOU SANTA CLAUS
4. ELVIS PRESLEY - WINTER WONDERLAND
5. THE O JAYS - CHRISTMAS JUST AIN'T CHRISTMAS
6. GREG LAKE - I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS
7. EELS - EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE COOL THIS CHRISTMAS
8. PAUL MCCARTNEY - WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME
9. COLDPLAY - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
10. WILLIAM BELL - EVERY DAY WILL BE LIKE A HOLIDAY
11. DARLENE LOVE - (CHRISTMAS) BABY PLEASE COME HOME
12. SOLOMON BURKE - PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS
13. MARVIN GAYE - I JUST WANT TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
14. JOHNNY CASH - I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
15. BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - O COME O COME EMMANUEL
16. QUEEN - THANK GOD IT'S CHRISTMAS
17. TEENAGE FANCLUB - CHRISTMAS EVE
18. ROY ORBISON - PRETTY PAPER
19. OASIS - MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY
20. DAVID BOWIE AND BING CROSBY - LITTLE DRUMMER BOY/PEACE ON EARTH
21. NAT KING COLE - O HOLY NIGHT
22. JOHN LENNON AND THE PLASTIC ONO BAND - HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
23. JAMES BROWN - LET'S MAKE CHRISTMAS MEAN SOMETHING THIS YEAR
Advent Calendar #1: My Christmas begins when I've heard this.
Advent Calendar #2: the greatest christmas song of all time? Def in my top 5.
Advent Calendar #3: Infectious.
Advent Calendar #4: Officially the coolest version of this song ever.
Advent Calendar #5: another one of the greatest festive soul classics..
Advent Calendar day #6: another legend who we lost in 2016, and gow sad that he should pass away so close to Christmas. RIP Greg Lake.
Advent Calendar day 7: No explanation necessary, the Eels are amazing.
Advent Calendar day 8: some love it, some hate it. What about you?
Advent Calendar day 9: sod the critics, i love Coldplay and always have
Advent Calendar day 10: sweet, sweet soul music. This is sublime
Advent Calendar day 11: from gun toting nutter Phil Spector's legendary Christmas Album. Beautiful.
Advent Calendar day 12: a joyous festive soul treasure https://youtu.be/ZYPIgR-r8cI
Advent Calendar day 13: It's really odd that more people don't know this song, from one of the most loved singers of all time and one of the most stunning festive tracks you'll ever hear
Advent Calendar day 14: "peace on earth, goodwill to men..."
Advent Calendar day 15: 12th century christmas carol arranged beautifully by B and S
Advent Calendar day 16: this yuletide offering is well overdue a critical reappraisal.
Advent Calendar day 17: i love the sweet, short subtlety of this cosy treasure...
Advent Calendar day 18: when i was young, we'd always gather at my Nan and Grandad's in the evening for presents, food and games on Christmas day. Roy Orbison was always one of my Nan's favourites, so this one's for her...
Advent Calendar day 19: happy yet sad take on the Slade classic. Nostalgic and endearing.
Advent Calendar day 20: one of my favourite things about Christmas and another reason why I always look forward to this time of year. One of the most bizarre Bowie moments ever, recorded in 1977. While punk rock was in full swing and during the icon's hugely creative Berlin period, he decided to duet with ageing crooner Bing Crosby. Another unexpected move. I still find it hard to believe that this is our first Christmas without Bowie, but moments like this will live forever. Long live the king.
Advent Calendar day 21: Christmas is the only time of year i can listen to singers like Nat King Cole. This rendition of the traditional carol is not only brilliant because of this truly golden voice, but the arrangement and backing vocals are stunning. Powerful and glorious.
Advent Calendar day 22: "war is over if you want it..." I often think about what Lennon would think of the world we live in today. Many years since this song was released, and its message rings truer than ever.
Advent Calendar day 23:I love the spirit and sentiment of this track, made even more poignant when James Brown died on Christmas day 10 years ago.
Advent Calendar day 24: unbelievable that more people haven't heard this, a stunning message of festive hope from one of the all-time greats. "Someday at Christmas man will not fail, Hate will be gone love will prevail, Someday a new world that we can start, With hope in every heart..."