You wake up on the 25th and breathe in all the merry excitement. You’re excited to have the picture-perfect, cozy Christmas that you’ve been dreaming about all year.
You grab the newspaper, excited to read about the updates of Santa’s journey around the world. Instead, you see articles about how many people died from the coronavirus. Hoping to escape the pandemic-panic, you grab your face mask and decide to go and grab some coffee!
However, everyone is 6 feet apart, and the whole experience just seems to be even more depressing than sitting at home reading the death-filled headlines.
Instead of doom-scrolling this special day away, make yourself the strongest cup of coffee you can handle, put your feet up, and listen to the perfect, cozy soundtrack to a highly questionable Christmas.
‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Christina Perri
A modern approach to a classic song. Some of you might attack me saying, “The original Frank Sinatra version is so much better!”
Yet, did you know that the song was originally recorded by Judy Garland? So technically, the Frank Sinatra version that you lot shove down our throats every year is just another cover!
So stop trying to act all sophisticated and cultured by claiming that anything modern is terrible. I mean; sure; Frank Sinatra is brilliant. However modern artists can be brilliant too.
“Someday soon, we all will be together.”
A nice sentiment to have in mind this year.
‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is defrosting as we speak.
Ah yes, the song that everyone loves on December 1st, but by December 25th makes you want to kill yourself if you hear it another time. A nice, time-honoured tradition!
Let’s be serious here, for a song released in 1994 to become a universally accepted musical standard is a very huge deal.
‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ received 308.9 million streams in the year 2019 alone. The Wall Street Journal estimates that Mariah Carey earns at least $1 million each year from this tune. They also said that this figure is a generously low estimate; which means that the actual figure is probably much higher since it doesn’t include sales from licensing and radio play. Woah.
“The sound of children’s laughter fills the air”
This song has become synonymous with the Christmas spirit.
‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!
The 1984 classic! It seems that for every year since this song was released, there have been hundreds of less than successful covers by musicians attempting to mimic the iconic status of the original version.
This song held the record for the most played Christmas song of the 21st century until 2015!
“Merry Christmas” I wrapped it up and sent it; with a note saying “I love you”, I meant it.”
Last Christmas you might have given your heart away, but this year make sure to hold on to your hand sanitiser!
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
This song is the world’s most best selling single of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It is also the most-recorder Christmas song ever, with over 500 versions having been recorded over the years.
“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know”
It has re-entered the Top 10 charts every year since it’s release in 1942; except for 1952 for some strange reason. This song is almost 80 years old, and still somehow manages to sound just as inventive yet nostalgic as it did when it was first released. I mean… I’m assuming since I wasn’t around in 1942!
‘Santa Baby’ by Eartha Kitt
This song was released almost 70 years ago! Today, it’s regarded as just another Christmas classic. However, when it was first released, it resulted in shock waves, with the song even being banned in certain areas of Southern United States, due to criticism of its highly sensual and suggestive lyrics.
Although it was ranked the 8th “Most Annoying Festive Song” by listeners in the United Kingdom in 2019; this song still has so much to offer!
“Santa cutie, there’s one little thing I really need- the deed to a platinum mine.”
On a sadder note, Eartha Kitt passed away rather coincidentally on Christmas Day in 2008.
Merry Christmas! Despite the fact that Christmas looks a little different this year; I hope these songs bring you joy, or at least distract you from whatever’s on your mind.
Thank you for reading! You can check out my last few posts here:
- Father’s Day Traditions Around The World
- Borrowed Poems From An Anonymous- ‘Sacrifice’ and ‘The End?’
- Meet Jefe
- The Modern Day Julie/Julia Project- Pretzels
Until Next Time.