With the festive season upon us and Christmas just round the corner many of us will have been dusting down those compilations of Xmas songs and revelling in the classics, while cringing at some of the awful hits we would rather forget. To get into the festive spirit I’ve compiled my ten favourite Xmas songs which I’ll be posting daily in the run up to Christmas Day. Many will have you shaking your heads in disbelief, I am sure, but others will hopefully have you singing along. As always, I’d welcome feedback and would be interested in hearing your top 10s.
Mud – Lonely This Christmas (1974)
Released in November 1974, Mud’s classic but sombre song climbed the charts just in time to be the Christmas no.1 that year and held the top spot for a month. The previous year, Slade were entertaining the nation with Merry Xmas Everybody but Mud’s song is very much a focus on the dark side of the yuletide season. The protagonist in the song’s story is lamenting the loss of his love who he was celebrating Christmas with a year ago but now he is left alone.
Sounding very much like Elvis, Les Gray’s voice is delightful, managing to put even greater emphasis on the word “cold” while halfway through the song the lyrics are spoken and this is where Lonely This Christmas is at its most poignant. Gray tells the story of when this broken relationship was seemingly perfect and a bright future lay ahead. Despite the relationship being over he still has a special message for the lost woman at the song’s end, a simple declaration of “Merry Christmas.” Though this is a catchy song it does remind us that the festive season is sadly a tough one for many people.
Top Ten so far:-
9) Mud – Lonely This Christmas
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