My Christmas Music Collection


I love listening to Christmas music, especially pop hits from the 70s-90s, but also a few releases in more recent years too.

As well as music in my personal collection, I also hear Christmas songs on streaming services, radio and TV, so I hear a wide variety of music every year.

So below you’ll find a long list of the festive albums and songs I own in my collection. I’ve also added many of the tracks to my Christmas music playlist, along with other delights that I’ve heard and enjoyed elsewhere.

Albums

ABC – Christmas… With Love

This is a 4-track download-only EP with a nice Christmas song – A Christmas We Deserve – plus lovely acoustic versions of 3 of their hits with ‘Love’ in the title, including The Look Of Love.

Air Supply – The Christmas Album

Includes lovely versions of White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride & Winter Wonderland.

Alan Jackson – Let It Be Christmas

Includes Let It Be ChristmasSanta Claus Is Comin’ To Town & Winter Wonderland.

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

There have been multiple versions of this song, so I’ve combined them all into one album in my collection.

The original Band Aid version from 1984 is by far the best, of course, and needs no introduction. It was much later, however, that I discovered the extended version online from the 12” single, which has slightly different instrumentation from the start. It includes a lengthy middle section, featuring spoken Christmas greetings from many of the artists involved, over a percussion backing. David Bowie & Bob Geldof get the most prominence towards the end of this section, before it segues into an extended version of the “Feed The World” ending, with additional echo on the vocals.

I’ve also got an extra track from the 1985 re-issue called Feed The World. Here you get an instrumental version of the song, overlaid with the spoken greetings from the extended mix, along with extracts from a phonecall with Bob Geldof, before the “Feed The World” ending kicks in, and Bob Geldof’s words finish the track. It’s not a version you’d listen to repeatedly necessarily, but it’s an interesting addition. And from that same year, I’ve also got the 2 versions performed at Live Aid – a very brief and slow rendition of one section of the song by Paul Young during his set, and then the finale performance with everybody that closed the Wembley part of the show. The latter is messy in places (unsurprisingly, as they were all knackered by that point!), but still sounds cool, especially with the huge crowd singing along.

I’ve then got the subsequent versions from later years for the sake of completion, because it’s a worthwhile cause I’m happy to donate to. But none of them match up to the original. If anything they get worse each time in my opinion. I appreciate they have to put a different spin on it each time, and fair play to the artists involved, but they just don’t work as well for me. The Band Aid 2 version wasn’t too bad, though it did lack much of the original’s sound and charm somehow. The Band Aid 20 version had voices that didn’t feel as strong as the original, and a rap section that felt completely out of place. And the Band Aid 30 version for the Ebola crisis rewrote some of the lyrics and again didn’t sound as powerful.

Bryan Adams – Christmas

A great EP released by Bryan in 2019, with 5 tracks including Joe & Mary, Must Be Santa & Christmas Time.

Cliff Richard – Christmas With Cliff

I got this album free with the Daily Mail newspaper, and it contains some of Cliff’s big Christmas hits, including Mistletoe & Wine of course. But the other tracks on here are lovely as well. The opening track, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, is fun and catchy, while Saviours Day is another well-known hit, and I like his versions of The Christmas Song and Let It Snow.

Frank Sinatra – The Ultimate Christmas

I also got this album as part of a newspaper promotion. And his legendary voice sounds wonderful on songs like Let It Snow, Santa Claus Is Coming To TownJingle Bells & White Christmas.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love

I’ve created my own little album containing a few different versions of this classic song (for which you can also see the music video online). In addition to the original version, I’ve also got the original extended & instrumental mixes, plus additional extended singlette and instrumental singlette versions from a Power Of Love Singlette EP he produced.

The Horne Section – Christmas Family Album

Taskmaster assistant Alex Horne and his band have produced another album of silly songs, with references to board games and other random things. It includes their track Fiddly Christmas, which they released to raise money for the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity.

LadBaby – I Love Sausage Rolls

This is a compilation I’ve made of the charity singles by Youtubers LadBaby, supporting The Trussell Trust and UK food banks. They’re only the third act after The Beatles and The Spice Girls, and the very first novelty performers of all time, to have 3 consecutive Christmas number 1 hits. So I’ve got their 2018 debut We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls, the 2019 sequel I Love Sausage Rolls (including a Swing Version), and the 2020 song Don’t Stop Me Eatin’ (plus the duet with Ronan Keating). You can also see their live reactions to reaching number 1 in 20182019 & 2020.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Christmas Time Again

It came as quite a surprise when I discovered that this iconic American rock band had done a Christmas album. But I’m glad I found it, because it’s brilliant, kicking off with the very bluesy Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid, a fun version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the album’s powerful ballad title track, Christmas Time Again. And it has many other great songs, including Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ and Hallelujah It’s Christmas, plus a couple of nice instrumentals as well.

Mrs Mills – Glad Tidings (Mrs Mills’ Christmas Party)

This is a vinyl LP I inherited and converted to MP3. Mrs Mills was a famous pianist who produced many albums of piano instrumentals that people could sing-along to. So this is a fun collection, beginning with a very catchy performance of Jingle Bells, and taking in lots of other well-known Christmas songs along the way.

Pet Shop Boys – Christmas

This was a short EP released by the duo, although the first track – a new version of It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas – is the only festive song on it. It was originally a fan club single, so I only heard it for the first time on this EP. It’s quite catchy too. The EP also includes an interesting cover of My Girl by Madness.

REO Speedwagon – Not So Silent Night

This is a great rock album, introduced by a very relaxing version of The First Noel, before it kicks in properly with great covers of Winter WonderlandSilent Night and Deck The Halls. And it carries on like that, with a wonderful mixture of slow tracks (like The White Snows Of Winter) and fast ones (such as Children Go Where I Send Thee).

Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone

The song Merry Christmas Everyone is another of my all-time favourites. You can also see the Director’s Cut of the music video with some extra footage at the start.

I also have the expanded edition of his album of the same name. Apart from the title track, it also includes Rockin’ Little Christmas, White Christmas, I’ll Be Home This Christmas, It’s Gonna Be A Lonely Christmas, Blue Christmas and The Best Christmas Of Them All. And the bonus tracks consist of extended and instrumental versions of the title song, plus an extended version of True Love.

At the end of the album I’ve also included the new version of the title track that he recorded with The Salvation Army in 2015, called Echoes Of Merry Christmas Everyone. It has a very different musical arrangement to the original, and a few slightly altered lyrics, but it’s up there with the original version in my opinion, it’s really good.

Slade – Crackers

This is a fantastic festive album, with a mixture of party songs (e.g. Let’s Dance and Okey Cokey) and festive tracks (e.g. Santa Claus Is Coming To TownDo They Know It’s Christmas?Here’s To… (The New Year) and the medley of Auld Lang Syne & You’ll Never Walk Alone. You always hear their version of Auld Lang Syne after London’s New Year Fireworks, it works perfectly there.

You also get an amazing live version of Merry Xmas Everybody, which is faster and heavier, and in my mind superior to, the original studio version – although that’s still great as well, of course, and I’ve moved the original version from a festive compilation to their album in my collection as it belongs there really. I have the lesser-known extended remix as well, which is good fun too. And there’s another live version on their compilation Slave Alive! – The Live Anthology – although it’s just the audience belting out the chorus under Noddy’s instruction, the band don’t actually perform it. You can also see the band doing an interview and a mimed performance of the song on TV.

Status Quo – Quofestive 2011 & 2012

These are live concerts recorded at the O2 Arena in London by a company called Live Here Now. They’re standard Quo concerts for the most part, but each contains a Christmas medley as well. The 2011 Medley features guest stars Roy Wood (from Wizzard) and Kim Wilde, while the 2012 Medley is just the band on their own and includes It’s Christmas Time.

The Ventures – Christmas Album

The Ventures were an instrumental guitar band who were big in the 60s, in a similar way to The Shadows. Sometimes the trackson this album start with riffs that sound like another famous track, but then go into a Christmas number that you recognise. So here you’ve got cool guitar versions of Sleigh Ride, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Silver Bells, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and White Christmas for instance, among many others.

The Wurzels – Holy Cow! It’s The Wurzels Christmas Album

Yes, you read that right. The lads from Somerset, most famous for their hit Combine Harvester,  did indeed release their own Christmas album! And it’s really good, with great covers of festive hits including White ChristmasMerry Xmas Everybody, Sleigh Ride, Fairytale Of New York and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer as just a few examples. I’ve also added another song on to the end of the album that I discovered – a single they released 10 years previously called Come On Santa, which is really fun and silly, and gets quite crazy towards the end. Plus there’s the X-Rated Version where you can hear what was bleeped out, which isn’t that rude really, but it was enough for radio stations to reject it.

Compilations

Christmas A Go-Go

This is a great rock and blues collection from America, featuring lots of alternative and rare festive tracks, some of which are by well known artists, including Run Rudolph Run by Keith Richards, Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) by The RamonesAll Alone On Christmas by Darlene Love and Father Christmas by The Kinks.

The most notable track is I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard, which for those of us in the UK is far from obscure, but in America it was a relative rarity in comparison.

A Very Special Christmas

This was a series of compilations produced to raise money for the Special Olympics organisation. They feature many tracks in a variety of genres by well known artists, mostly cover versions – e.g. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Pointer Sisters, Winter Wonderland by Eurythmics, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by U2, Run Rudolph Run by Bryan Adams,  and a live version of Merry Christmas Baby by Bruce Springsteen to name just a few. Most of them you won’t find on any other Christmas compilations either, so it’s a pretty unique collection. Not every track is great, of course, but there’s a good selection here, and most of them you won’t find on any other Christmas compilations.

We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

As the title suggests, this is an album of heavy metal covers. Each track is performed by a combination of heavy metal stars who don’t normally get together, so they’re like one-off supergroups. And it sounds pretty awesome. The opening version of We Wish You A Merry Christmas is a perfect heavy metal delivery of the song, Motorhead’s Lemmy features with Dave Grohl on a great rock version of Run Rudolph Run, and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer is a fun song that I’d not heard anywhere else before.

Other Songs

These are the other songs I own that aren’t included on the albums above. I’ve bundled many of them together into a customised Christmas Hits album on my computer, in order to remove duplicates acquired from festive compilations. But in other cases they’re part of (or I’ve added them to) relevant albums that I own by the artists in question, a few of which I’ve mentioned in notable cases below). And they’re all tagged under the Christmas genre, allowing me to find all my festive tracks at once.

And that’s it! Well done if you decided to look through all of that, I hope you found some interesting songs in there. Do feel free to recommend other festive tracks for me to check out too. Merry Christmas! 🙂