MusicRadar Christmas Playlist

Our editorial team pick their favourite Christmas songs

Christmas Playlist
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Before we temporarily sign off for a day of stuffing our faces with turkey and curling up in front of the fire with a massive glass of brandy, team 'Radar celebrate the festive season by picking their personal favourite Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas from everyone here at MusicRadar!


Christy Moore - Fairytale Of New York

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Sick to death of The Pogues? Breathe new life into a Christmas classic with Christy Moore's superb interpretation, which will both reveal the inherent genius of Christy to you and revive a song that has almost had the life overplayed right out of it. (Rob Power)

Wham! - Last Christmas

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Last Christmas is a tale of heart-wrenching misery hidden beneath a smokescreen of jaunty, upbeat pop synths. Which is pretty much exactly what we all need at Christmas. (Si Truss)

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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Who would've thought that a Jew from the Bronx could produce the greatest Christmas album of all time (1963's A Christmas Gift For You)? And for good measure, Phil Spector teamed with two other non-Christians (Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich) to write the record's stand-out track, on which Darlene Love, pinch-hitting for a benched Ronnie Spector, knocked it out of the park, her voice bursting through the jingle-jangle-enhanced Wall Of Sound with a desperate yearning so heartfelt that it has sent shivers down listeners' spines year after year. (Joe Bosso)

Noel Gallagher - Merry Christmas Everybody

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Another cover of another classic, this time it's the elder Gallagher, once again embracing his love of Slade and making Noddy Holder's Christmas anthem sound like an Oasis b-side from 1995. Just the thought of that might make some of you feel sick, but nobody's asking you. I love it and it makes me feel as Christmassy as Santa's bulging sack. (RP)

Nat King Cole - The Happiest Christmas Tree

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A festive fixture thanks to his definitive take on The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), Nat takes things up a notch on this lesser-known but spritelier Yuletide recording. It's throwaway, certainly, but just like a novelty stocking filler, it'll keep you (and the kids in particular) entertained for a day or two before being discarded. (Ben Rogerson)

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime

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Pretty much universally derided as the ultimate expression of Paul McCartney's thumbs-up wacky-Macca persona, rivaled only by We All Stand Together (Frog Chorus) as a legacy trashing booby-trap of a single, Wonderful Christmastime wasn't even that successful at the time, peaking at number 6 in January 1980, and failing to bother the Billboard Hot 100.

Still, I like it. (Will Groves)