Christmas Music

No Formula For Christmas Number 1

Martin Talbot | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martin Talbot

Whether the shift away from X-Factor winners and campaign releases in 2016 is part of a long-term trend only time will tell. But as the music world has evolved over the past half century, the Christmas Number 1 race continues to do so.

The Christmas Carpool Karaoke Is The Festive Gift You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is the greatest Christmas song of all time. Everybody knows this. So what could possibly improve on the original...

Peace, Joy and Trite Lyrics to the World

Paul Marshall | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Of course, you can resist all you want. Ultimately though resistance is futile. Like it or not, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth, Wombling Merry Christmas and many others besides will eventually get lodged into your brain and you won't be able to get them out again until New Year at the very earliest.

Bing Crosby And David Bowie's 'Little Drummer Boy' Without The Music Is Very Funny (And Rather Awkward)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Here at HuffPost UK Comedy, we're big fans of Mario Wienerroither. He's the creator of the 'musicless music video' phenomenon (see below for more of h...

Why Christmas Brings Out the Singer in Us

Helen Astrid | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Astrid

There's no doubt that this time of year offers more opportunities to stretch our vocal prowess whether singing in church, joining in a few impromptu carols at the local train station or yodeling along to Julie Andrews on Christmas Day after a few glasses of port. In fact, it's almost impossible to avoid the strains of festive songs whether we're in the supermarket, on public transport or at a street corner.

The Music Snob Guide for Compiling Your 2014 Christmas Playlist

Andy Parker | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Andy Parker

I proudly present 'The Music Snob Guide for Compiling Your 2014 Christmas Playlist'. Come in Boney M, Shakin Stevens, and Mel and Kim, your time is up! Here are my top 10 essentials...

How to Listen to Christmas Music in November and Get Away With It

Kevin Hugger | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Hugger

Let's face it the vast majority of people turn a darker shade of Scrooge once they come into contact with Christmas music at any point before December. As a consequence those of the opposite disposition, namely Christmas music aficionados, play a dangerous game.

The Ten Greatest Christmas B-Sides

Kevin Hugger | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Hugger

Often derided as a location for spiriting away unwanted tracks the humble b-side has thrown up numerous classics over the years. Inevitably there have been plenty of Christmas singles with more illustrious matter on their flipside and so what follows is a veritable packed sleigh full of songs that have become festive standards in their own right...

The Great Christmas Composers

Kevin Hugger | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Hugger

Christmas music will never be cool, despite the fact that it has inspired plenty of cool music - don't tell me Louis Armstrong's Zat You Santa Claus? isn't the bees knees? Scoring a Christmas hit can often lead to a gold trimmed pension for the composer and/or artist who records it.

Mariah Hits the Million Mark, as UK Fans Download Merrily on High

Martin Talbot | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Martin Talbot

The enduring success of All I Want For Christmas Is You should not be a surprise. Whether because of Mariah's iconic video (frolicking in the snow, wearing her Santa-themed micro dress), the recording's upbeat joyfulness or the timeless quality (even though it was produced and written by Mariah with Walter Afanasieff), the track has something for everyone.

The 10 Best Christmas Songs You've Never Heard

Kevin Hugger | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Hugger

Christmas music gets such bad press and unfairly so given that most people have only dipped their toes into about 1% of what is available. So in an attempt to redress the balance here is a list of 10 Christmas songs that you probably have never heard before but will soon be occupying your annual playlist of cherished favourites.

The Only Day in December That Matters - Let Battle Commence!

Martin Talbot | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Martin Talbot

For many people, the biggest day of December begins the morning after Santa pops down the chimney. But, for an array of pop stars, Facebook campaigners, charity singles and chart watchers, attention is focused on another day - the day the Christmas Number One is confirmed. The race for the Christmas Number 1 is as festive as turkey and mulled wine. And this year, with the big day falling on December 22 (and BBC Radio 1's counting down the Top 40 from 4-7pm), it is likely to be as spicy a race as we have seen for some time.

LISTEN: Bah Humbug! 20 Miserable Christmas Songs

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Can't stand all this festive cheer - or just want a brief respite from the relentlessly chirpy Christmas music that's been playing all the time, every...

The One Thing I Hate About Christmas

Jacqueline Housden | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jacqueline Housden

Whether it's old fashioned carols or chart topping hits, the jangly melodies and cheery tunes might as well be nails scraping on a blackboard. Jingle Bells? More like jingle hell.

The Most Played Christmas Track Revealed

WENN | Posted 15.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

The Pogues' Fairytale Of New York is Britain's most played Christmas song of the century. The festive track, featuring late singer Kirsty MacColl, ...