We’re now in December and, with the sun vanishing at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, we’ve started to hear the tinkling bells and harmonious chimes of Christmas carols. You might have switched on your radio recently and heard one of those seasonal Christmas songs already playing. As serious singers, song writers or musicians looking for CD or DVD replication in the UK, you might be getting your own Christmas song out there in time for the festive weekend.
At the risk of sounding like Ebenezer Scrooge, we have to ask; are Christmas songs overrated?
What Makes a Good Christmas Song?
Every year a pop artist on the radio splurges out and makes a truly cheesy Christmas song we hear once and never again. The songs that have stuck with us through the years have been classics from the ’70s and ’80s, those which have something more to them than a generic beat and the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘joy to the world’.
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl- Fairytale of New York-1987
First let’s take a look at this realistic love song. There’s no doubt this nitty, gritty tune with its Irish-folk lilt lends an edge to the smooth idealism of traditional Christmas carols. It’s because of this realistic narrative, that the song is able to send listeners of a sweet journey through the love story of a New York couple.
The Waitresses- Christmas Wrapping- 1981
Taking a sweeping step back in time we find ourselves with an upbeat pop song by The Waitresses. Again we see an easily relatable story of a busy working woman who’s decided that, this year, she’s going to take a break from the celebrations and spend it by herself. The ’80’s disco beat lends a very memorable tune and the humour in the narrative makes the song entertaining to listen to.
Bing Crosby- White Christmas- 1941
For this song, we’ve jumped back to a simpler time where technology didn’t run wild through our homes and businesses. First played in 1941, the song has sold over 150 million copies and takes back to our childhood Christmases. The relaxed, romantic nostalgia lends an old world elegance many singers have covered in its following decades.
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