Christmas Playlist

Ultimate Christmas Playlist

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.

‘Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)’ – Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan is somewhat of a Christmas songs freak and absolutely no ultimate Christmas playlist would truly be complete without his inclusion. We chose this recording from 2005 which is a lo-fi melodic treat for our ears and yours. The charming song sounds both wistful and unapologetic. We know that you’re dying to see how it fares against our world famous popfoolish criteria, so without any further ado…

References to snow/winter/fire/cold in lyrics? We’re going with two; the first being a mention of a door being closed (we reckon the door is shut because it’s cold outside), and the latter mentioning a ‘radiator’ that is on. Sufjan likes to send us crazy popfools searching good and hard for his cold weather seasonal references. 2/10

Sleigh bells present? They most certainly are. In fact they seem to be a very important part of the chorus. 10/10

Other dodgy Christmas sound effects? There is the chiming bell Christmas bell effect which almost every Christmas song seems to have, although Sufjan’s take on it is a little more haunting. We can’t hear any other Christmas sound effects though.  4/10

Christmas themed lyrics? Quite simply, yes. From ‘this time of year’ to ‘inexpensive wine’, and of course the many mentions of ‘Christmas Day’ itself, surely the most Christmassy of all Christmas-themed things. We give it a score of 8/10

RATING:  Sufjan scores a rather middling 24/40


Ultimate Christmas Playlist

‘Is This Christmas?’ – The Wombats 43
‘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
‘Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day (Well, You Deserved It!) – Sufjan Stevens – 24
‘X-mas (Let’s Do It Again)’ – Alphabeat – 21
‘I Hate Christmas Parties’ – Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes – 10


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