Christmas music falls in two categories: Songs that really complement the yuletide spirit, or positively dreadful music that somehow ended up associated with the season. The Engine Creative studio has been filled with Christmas music for the past few weeks and we want to share our favourites with you.
Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie
I love Bowie and, to me, the duet with Bing perfectly merges the old and the new masters. It has to be the version linked to above with the little bit of chat at the beginning - it's quirky, festive and cool all at the same time. There's also a slightly dark side to this version and I'm never sure why, but I like it!
- Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band
I am a big fan of traditional English folk music and Maddy Prior is one the finest singers in the genre. This song about the tradition of Wassail celebrates the New Year and never fails to cheer me up.
Christmas In Hollis - RUN-DMC
Because apart from being a cool song, it reminds me of watching Christmas movies, in particular Die Hard
What's This? (The Nightmare before Christmas OST) - Danny Elfman
Another film-related one. I love films and this is certainly one of the, if not THE best Christmas film ever.
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
I can't think of a film for this one but is a great song so it has to be on my list.
Killing in the name of - Rage against the Machine
Awesome played loud on Christmas eve
In the cold I'm standing - M83
Ambient mood builder for the Christmas present opening ceremony
Christmas steps - Mogwai
Perfect present contemplation and realisation music
I equate my Xmas songs to movies... so If I'm liking the film I remember the music etc... so, my choices are:
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Mel & Kim
Reminds me of Home Alone - Although it wasn't this version in the film, it's still crackin!
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! - Dean Martin
Reminds me of the end credits of Die Hard, a classic Christmas movie.
Jingle Bell Rock - Brenda Lee
Reminds me of the start of Leathal Weapon, another film I have seen many times at Christmas time.
Actually, the last two aren't really Christmas movies... just set at Christmas!!
All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey
Because it's festive and romantic all in one!
Last Christmas - Wham
I actually love the video more than the song. It's really emotional!
Do they know its Christmas - Band Aid
Because it's a good reminder what Christmas is really about!
Baby It's Cold Outside (Elf OST) - Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell
A lovely touching and 'unknowing' duet from the two main charters. Yum...
What's this? (The Nightmare before Christmas OST) - Danny Elfman
When Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town and breaks into song, it's the highlight of Tim Burton's stop motion extravaganza. Grab the new Disney Blu Ray, hook up a 7.1 surround system and let the track embrace you. Merry Christmas....