Pick the music to match the moment or change your mood with our brilliant playlist
Enjoy, be merry and don’t forget to dance your way under the mistletoe.
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie
Two icons; one outlandishly odd, sweetly sentimental collaboration.
Last Christmas – Wham!
Three decades on, Wham!’s novelty song has grown into a woolly-jumpered Christmas classic.
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
The Geldof classic originally produced in the 1980s was also revised in 2014 with more contemporary voices. Whichever version you prefer, this sentimental song is always a hit at Christmas.
Get right into the Christmas spirit no matter where you are, and listen to our woman&home festive playlist on the go.
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
The late singer’s haunting, hymnal cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was re-recorded and re-packedged by Simon Cowell and Alexandra Burke as a Christmas song in 2009, but we think this version is the best. Try not to drip on your posh wrapping paper.
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Not even Bing could cram more Christmas references into three strings-drenched minutes and sound so classy. A chestnut-roasting essential.
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
A shamelessly sultry Kitt tries to seduce Santa into granting her wish list on this 50s charmer with barbershop backing.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
That vocal range – wow. This if famous as the soundtrack to Love Actually, too, which will almost certainly be running on one of the TV channels during the festive season.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
This song’s raw power, emotion, and very danceable 1960s beat make this a classic that everyone will want to move to.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5
The ultimate family classic. This catchy jingle will get the festive party started and is great for kids too with its memorable chorus!
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
Is there anything more knee-trembling and sultry than Elvis’ voice? This swooning ode to loneliness during the festive period should impress hipster relatives.
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl
Lots of us end up arguing over Christmas, so this januty, insult-packed tune should take some of the focus off any gravy-based family tiffs.
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko
Released in 1972 during the Vietnam War, John Lennon and Yoko Ono remind us that peace is of our own making, and that we should wish each other well regardless of our differences.
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
This softer song is perfect for winding down at the end of Christmas Day whilst you let your enormous dinner go down.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
Ban kids from the kitchen and – deep breath – let Bublé’s soothing voice de-stress you. So what if it’s a false sense of serenity? Hang on to it!
Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby
Another political one. Penned as a plea for peace during the Cuban missile crisis, Bing’s choir-backed classic casts a calming spell you’ll wish would drift through the whole house.