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.
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time (1979)
Released in December 1979, Paul McCartney’s catchy Christmas hit peaked at no.6 in the UK but like many of the best festive songs it has endured over the years. Fans of the Beatles may be hoping to see John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in this list as well. However, I must put you out of your misery now and say as great an artist as John was, his Christmas effort is not one of my favourites. My preference for McCartney could be blamed on my mother who always preferred Paul to John and in fact named my older brother after him. You see, I had no choice in the matter. It was decided before I was even born! That’s the excuse I’ll use anyway if I come under criticism.
I enjoy the simplicity of Wonderful Christmas Time. Though McCartney conveys a few images of the festive season the song is largely reliant on that chorus and the heavy use of a synthesiser. I like to think when Paul sat down to write this that he initially tried to come up with a complex and meaningful Christmas song, full of detail, only to find that saying the very basic things is more than enough. The music video is notable for the appearance of Paul’s late wife, Linda, sadly missed by millions today but not forgotten.
Top Ten so far:-
7) Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
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