As we have been bombarded with everything festive and yuletide-related for the past few weeks, we continue to nod and pretend to like all things glittery and glitz for fear we may be the Scrooge of the group.
‘Christmas covers’ is a divisive topic at this time of year, perhaps spurred on by the disbelief that the Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber collab even happened. However, during my twenty-one years of Christmas celebrations, there are some decent Christmas covers that are worth listening to whilst unwrapping your gifts by the fire as you kiss your other half under the mistletoe etc. etc.
My top six Christmas covers:
1. Last Christmas (originally by Wham!); cover by Florence + The Machine.
A melancholic take on Wham!, Florence Welch perfomred this at a BBC Radio 1 Party. I demand this to be released as a single.
2. Last Christmas (again); cover by The xx.
From the Live Lounge. The familiar xx touch echoes through this creating a haunting alternative to Florence’s folk-y cover above. Definitely one for a chilled Christmas album/playlist.
3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (originally by Frank Loesser); cover by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone.
One word: New York City.
4. Santa Baby (originally by Eartha Kitt); cover by Michael Bublé.
I hate to admit that Bublé’s covers will be playing in my house this year.
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (originally by Judy Garland); cover by Frank Sinatra (modified lyrics).
Because there is always room for some nostalgia, reminding us all of Christmases with our grandparents and those fashionable knitted jumpers everyone insist we wear to the office at this time of year.
6. All I Want For Christmas is… Youuu! A Mariah Carey x Soulja Boy mash-up.
Okay this is not a cover as such, but this mash-up is just so wonderful. Dedicated to anyone wanting to rid of cheesy Christmas tunes, and ruin mistletoe kisses at the office party.
Have a great Christmas guys!