I am ridiculously sentimental and have a real weakness for silly and romantic things. Christmas has always been a favorite time of the year, even though it only seems to become more stressful and complicated with time. One thing I really love is a good Christmas song, and so I thought that since this is my blog and these are days of self-indulgence, I would put together a list of my Top 5 Christmas Songs.
Because I’m older many of these are a little melancholy, but they’re all ones I’ve come to love.
1. Fairy Tale of New York, The Pogues with Kirsty MaColl
This one’s the gold standard in indy Christmas songs. MaColl and McGowan are perfect, even if the story they tell is a sad one.
2. How to Make Gravy, Paul Kelly
Another sad Christmas song. A man calling from prison to make contact with his family. Probably my favorite Australian Christmas song ever.
3. White Wine in the Sun, Tim Minchin
Though this one is a close runner up. The image of the family drinking white wine in the sun is one the resonates when you live in a place where Christmas Day itself is often blisteringly hot.
4. Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Lennon and Yoko Ono
One of the first great rock/pop Xmas songs, and a Lennon song I like better than “Imagine” these days.
5. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Bruce Springsteen and the (mighty mighty) E Street Band
But most great Xmas songs aren’t sad. Every now and then you have to turn to the hard rockin’ E Street Band to kick out the jams and party at year’s end.