Everyone loves a classic Christmas song, but which one tops the Mother&Baby charts?
Tree up, presents wrapped, turkey ordered… now it’s time to make your Christmas playlist.
The list gets longer and longer as the years go by, but the classics always come back around at top volume. From the number that get the whole family singing along, to the tunes that your toddler can’t help but dance around to, take a watch of our selection of anthems that mean Christmas has officially arrived.
Vote for your favourite, and don’t forget to let us know if we’ve missed your top festive tune!
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard (1973)
As much as we love this Wizzard classic – and we’re sure this is every toddler’s dream come true – we don’t think we could handle cooking a Christmas lunch every day… maybe once a month. We love it nonetheless, and the enthusiasm is definitely contagious.
Last Christmas, Wham (1984)
With lots of sad stares and ski gear, this floppy-haired 80s duo have the song for the heartbroken at Christmas. A karaoke fave, George at his best gets the whole crowd singing along after a few glasses of mulled wine (or grape juice for the little ones).
Somethin’ Stupid, Nicole Kidman & Robbie Williams, (2001)
We can’t get enough of cheeky daddy Robbie Williams. That’s why this playful duet with the gorgeous Nicole Kidman is the perfect excuse to listen to him over the holidays. You’ll be singing along to this cover of the 1960s classic after a cheeky Disaronno or two…
All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey (1994)
When pop diva Mariah Carey did Christmas with cheesy ‘home’ videos and Santa suits, we bet she never knew what a classic it would become. Let this cutesy video inspire you to capture memories of your baby with home videos this year. Underlying this pop classic is the message that Christmas is about being with your loved ones, not receiving presents, which we adore. Gold star Mariah!
Santa Clause Is Coming to Town, Jackson 5 (1970)
Although this song was originally written and recorded in 1934, nothing gets us – and hyper toddlers – dancing like Jackson 5’s 1970 cover. Perfect for listening to as you write your letter to Father Christmas, reminding tots to be nice and not naughty in order for him to stop at your house this year.
Fairytale Of New York, The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl (1987)
A Christmas without a silly family quibble is a rare one – something which this comical festive classic pokes fun at. After a few ‘You scumbag you maggot!’ type insults, we love how everything ends happily ever after.
Somewhere Only We Know, Lily Allen, (2013)
Hearts simultaneously melted as this Keane cover was aired for the 2013 John Lewis Christmas Advert. As well as loving Lily Allen’s soothing cover, the story of The Bear & The Hare definitely caught our little ones’ attention. A guaranteed family favourite for years to come.
Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade (1973)
If you are ever unsure whether is it or isn’t Christmas, hearing Noddy Holder scream ‘It’s Christmas!’ out of the radio is a sure-fire sign. This super fun song gets everyone nodding – excuse the pun – along.
Stay Another Day, East 17 (1994)
Possibly the greatest Christmas video in music history (fake snow and fluffy hoods anyone?) this one-hit-wonder festive ballad is the Mother&Baby office’s guilty pleasure, and we’re sure our little ones will still be listening to it in years to come. Is it ok if we secretly keep listening to this in January?
Hallelujah, Alexandra Burke (2008)
XFactor winner Alexandra’s cover of the 1984 ballad had eyes tearing up nationwide back in 2008. But we’re sure your little one will still love this angelic cover this holiday season, and it might even help to soothe him to sleep after too much Christmas day chocolate.
Do They Know It’s Christmas?, Band Aid (1984)
Written to raise money for the Ethiopian Famine of 1983-1985, Bob and Midge kindly remind us each year that as well as a time of celebration, Christmas is a time to give to those less fortunate. So get in the Band Aid spirit and get charitable this Christmas – getting the whole family involved can also be a great festive bonding experience.
Wonderful Christmas Time, Paul McCartney (1979)
When you simply want to have a wonderful Christmas time, Paul McCartney’s upbeat tune is sure to put a smile on your face. Time to rustle out the muma-baby matching Christmas jumpers…
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Mel Smith & Kim Wilde (1987)
Originally sung by Brenda Lee in 1958, Mel and Kim’s cheeky 1987 cover is the version we are still listening to year after year, inspiring us all to have a dance around the tree after a few drinks. Listen to this as you and your tot decorate the tree.
So there's the round up of the M&B offices' top Christmas tunes. Now it's time for you to vote for your favourite here and see which anthem is racing to the number one spot. Let us know in the comment box below if we've missed your go-to Christmas song or why your favourite needs to win!