The excellent Performing Rights Society (PRS), which collects royalties for music makers to ensure they are paid for their work, has produced the list of our ‘most loved’ Christmas music. For someone like me, who doesn’t so much love music as obsesses with it, Christmas can be a dark time. I love a selection of oldies as much as the next person but December has for many years done my head in.
There was a time when I adored Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry but constant repetition over 41 years has destroyed it for me. I loved Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody when it first hit the airwaves but 46 years later and I have to say I hate it. Even ‘our’ favourite Christmas song, Fairytale of New York sends me reaching for the off switch these days.
It is telling that most of the tunes we love are either old or ancient. The only recent entry in the top 20 is Cliff Richard’s abysmal 2000 effort The Millennium Prayer in which we are soberly advised ‘And all the people say Amen in every tribe and tongue. Let every hearts desire be joined to see the kingdom come.’ Amen indeed. Pass the sick bag, Alice.
The only Christmas tunes I can bare these days are the slightly obscure Waitresses ‘Christmas Wrapping’ and Lisa Mychols magnificent Lost Winter’s Dream. The album from which it comes, also called Lost Winter’s Dream, is the best Christmas album ever, too. Just so’s you know.
Anyway, for better or for worse – and I am going for worse – here’s the list: