Following the success of our holiday playlist feature in summer comes our guide to the top Christmas tunes. As soon as December begins the same tired, old, and most alarmingly shit songs get pulled out every year. In order to combat this we bring you only the very best Christmas songs.
Today’s choice is a truly magical version of a classic Christmas song. Few bands can boast of successfully transforming such a well-established song but Goldfrapp have managed to completely pull it off. It sounds exactly like a missed cut from the band’s gorgeous ‘Seventh Tree’ album with both records being released in 2008. ‘Seventh Tree’was the album that got us into Goldfrapp and as such it will always be our favourite sound from the band.
Their gorgeous version of ‘Winter Wonderland’ sends delicious shivers up and down our spines, but how will it fare against our world famous popfoolish criteria…?
References to snow/winter/fire/cold in lyrics? We’ve counted 9. 9/10
Sleigh bells present? Yes, there are gorgeously dainty sounding sleigh bells pulsing throughout the song. 10/10
Other dodgy Christmas sound effects? The delicate yet beautiful instrumentation sounds like frost and snow. In addition to this some almost eerie whistling also sounds somehow Christmassy. 18/10
Christmas themed lyrics? Like the original, the song concerns winter, as opposed to Christmas itself. 0/10
RATING: Goldfrapp score an absolutely amazing 37/40
Ultimate Christmas Playlist
‘Winter Wonderland’ – Goldfrapp – 37
‘Christmas Tree’ – Lady Gaga ft. Space Cowboy – 31
‘Christmas Wrapping’ – The Front Bottoms – 29
‘A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)’ – Glasvegas – 27
‘X-mas (Let’s Do It Again)’ – Alphabeat – 21
‘I Hate Christmas Parties’ – Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes – 10