Rate it: Favorite Christmas tune!

By Aisling | December 16 2010 | 41 Comments

In a taxi yesterday the driver was playing a CD of Christmas music. Every time one he particularly liked came on he raised the volume. In the time honoured tradition of Dublin taxi men, he totally ignored any pleas to turn it down by doing a kind of whingy singing and telling me I’d no Christmas spirit. Between that and the smell of Magic Tree, by the time I got out of the cab my ears were ringing and I had to go home and take two Nurofen for the headache.

“Ah lovely music that wha” he said repeatedly leaning back in his Octavia seat.

“Eh yeah, but could you turn it down I bit?” I would reply.

“Ah jaysus you’ve no Christmas spirit.” Cue tuneless singing along with the CD.

Love them or hate them one thing’s for sure – you just can’t get away from Christmas tunes at this time of the year. Maybe Christmas isn’t complete for you without a few hundred drunken singalongs to “Here we are Merry Christmas” down the pub – or perhaps a more decorous carol session is your thing? Bob Geldof has recently admitted that “Do they know it’s Christmas” is one of the worst songs ever recorded – but for a lot of people hearing that song is what Christmas is all about.

What really gets you into the Christmas spirit? Adeste Fidelus or Fairytale of New York?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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41 Replies to "Rate it: Favorite Christmas tune!"

  • Kirstie says:

    I ALWAYS get slagged for this but I love drivin’ home for chrissmmassssss yeah

  • poptart says:

    Cheesy and all as it is, I love hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” when I’m in shops around Christmas……

  • BerG says:

    My favourite is Silent Night, on Christmas Eve, its magical.

  • Snowdrop says:

    Fairytale of New york…..hands down. Also like Chris De Burgh’s “a spaceman came travelling”, even though the lyrics are absolute drivel :P

    I love the version Florence (she of flo + the machine) did of Wham’s “last christmas”……so sweet! But I do like the corny original too!

    Also I’m quite partial to Duke Special’s cover of the “power of love” which he performed live on 2fm yonks ago!

  • Snowdrop says:

    Oh! and “driving home for christmas” – Chris Rea is timeless and Carol of bells – puts me in a frantic mood to shop…… give a give a give a give a GARMIN!! lol

  • Aifs says:

    Oh I’m a sucker for Christmas music! I was singing along to my Christmas album driving to work in the snow & frost. I love Fairy Tale of New York too.

    I do like some of the cheesey ones too like Jingle Bell Rock and Sleigh Ride. :D

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    I think as well as the taxi driver I was watching Love Actually last night and all the Christmas songs in the film got me thinking

    Has anyone heard that Futureheads one, Christmas was better in the 80s? Hilarious

  • ClaireBear says:

    It’s gotta be ‘White Christmas’, by Bing, and Stop the Cavalry (dub a dub a dum dum, etc). Also Power of Love by Frankie is great, even though it’s not remotely Christmassy!

  • ceci says:

    Ah you’re allowed like cheesy songs at Christmas. I love Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas to dance to. I think for a carol/church kind of song you can’t beat Oh Holy Night if it is sung well, gives me goosebumps.

    Did anyone watch the Glee Christmas episode last night, thought that Kurt and Blaine’s Baby It’s Cold Outside was great.

  • Brideandjoy says:

    My favourite has to be one from the Home Alone 2:Lost in New York soundtrack -sorta obscure but great song – All alone on Christmas. Just full of all things festive, love it!

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