The Christmas Outsiders

By Annie Konieczny

Some facts are ubiquitous:  death comes for us all, it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is the greatest Christmas pop song of all time. According to research conducted by every organisation that’s every conducted research in this field (it’s a popular subject matter), Mariah’s romantic classic, catapulted to even dizzier heights after its inclusion in arguably the greatest Christmas film of all time, Love Actually, comes out on top again and again and has done for nearly 30 years.

Wham’s Last Christmas features heavily too, as does Bobby Helm’s Jingle Bell Rock, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Band Aid’s Do They Know it’s Christmas. But, what about some of the rank outsiders; the tunes that don’t necessarily get a mention in the research but that really get the Christmas juices flowing; the songs you might hear when you’re buying some over-priced hand cream for Granny just 12 hours before present-giving time and leave you no longer frazzled about leaving Christmas shopping until 11pm on Christmas Eve but, instead, thinking “DECK THE BLOODY HALLS!”

Well, here at Qsic, we’ve compiled a list of ten such classics – thank us later. Happy Holidays!

1. East 17 – Stay Another Day
If you were born in the 80s (the 80s) – this song would have been massive when you were a kid and will bring back all them aged-10 Christmas feels.

2. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Great if you want a massive cry. Who doesn’t like a cry at Christmas?

3. Sugababes – New Years
A 00s CLASSIC and another tear jerker.

4. Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy
Australian, so…

5. Spice Girls – Two Become One
Not Christmas-themed as such but certainly a Christmas #1 in many countries and an integral part of the more indie (whilst not being remotely indie) Christmas playlist repertoire.

6. Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
A tale of a good Samaritan discovering Santa’s lost loot and then finding out it was all for him anyway – a reward for his good deed. Magic.

7. Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
One for the dads, amirite?

8. Bing Crosby and David Bowie – The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Bing’s back, but this time duetting with Bowie. This is literally mind-blowing for some many reasons.

9. The Sonics – Santa Claus
Who doesn’t love a 60s garage rock tune at Christmas? Particularly when the lyrics mention a “twangy guitar” as a key item on singer, Gerry Roslie’s, Christmas wish list.

10. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Fan trivia: David Letterman had an annual tradition of inviting Darlene on his show every year to perform this hit.

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