A RH1 Christmas Playlist.

Bored of Shaky? Weary of Wham? Have a listen to this slightly different Christmas playlist, infused with suggestions from the four corners of our little area. You may just discover a brand new ‘xmas favourite. As Craig Revel Horwood says. FAB-U-LOUS.

DONNA AND BLITZEN – BADLY DRAWN BOY

From the soundtrack to the 1990s film About A Boy. This is an underrated classic which contains all the joy and melancholy required in a true festive tune. Available on Spotify

FAIRYTALE OF STORNAWAY – PEAT AND DIESEL,

Sacrilegious to some, but I have heard Fairytale of New York so often, its on every playlist, in every pub and shopping centre up and down the land. I had grown weary of Kirsty and bored of Shane. Imagine my delight to come across Peat and Diesel’s re-working as the Fairytale of Stornaway in 2019. Any lyric that contains ‘sheep’ or ‘flock’ gets my vote. Some of you may have seen the band on The misadventures of Ramesh Ranganathan. .Have a listen, if you like it the band are set to tour in 2021 and you can see them in London. Details here.

MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DONT WANT TO FIGHT) – THE RAMONES.

A rocking throwback to the late 1980s from The Ramones, for many it encapsulates the true meaning of a family Christmas – those fights and rows that break out over the turkey or a badly executed board game. Turn it up loud and sing along. Where is Sa-aa-nn-ta.. On his Sl-ei-ei-gh.

This leads nicely on to The Darkness and possibly the highest pitched squawk contained on any Christmas hit. Don’t let those bells ever end.

DECEMBER SONG (I DREAMED OF CHRISTMAS) – GEORGE MICHAEL

Forget Last Christmas, this is the much missed George’s perfect Christmas moment. A yearning melancholy masterpiece.

DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – CHRIS REA

More of a fixture in popular Christmas playlists than others, but it is a favourite of many. How could we leave it out?

DON’T SHOOT ME SANTA – THE KILLERS

Brandon Flowers in a Christmas jumper and suddenly 2020 is redeemed. It’s been a real hard year alright Santa.

STEP INTO CHRISTMAS – ELTON JOHN

If you like a mad Christmas dance around the kitchen, Elton is far better than Mariah . Step into Christmas with a feather boa draped around your person.

STOP THE CAVALRY – JONA LEWIE

Because it is not Christmas until you have heard this.

BING CROSBY AND DAVID BOWIE – THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Before Micky Bubbles, there was Bing Crosby. Something very touching about these two legends coming together. Peace on Earth.

BIG CYNTHIA – I GOT YOUR COOKIES AND MILK

A joyful infectious hunk of a song that is guaranteed to get you dancing around the kitchen as you prepare the dinner and God knows we all know a dose of joy this year. Sadly, Big Cynthia died in 2017.

AND FINALLY

Too many put this as one true love of a Christmas song for it to be omitted. Shakin Stevens who resembles Vernon Kay the more and more I look. Try and do the dance. I dare you.

All tunes are available on Spotify, YoutubeMusic and Deezer.

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