Primes Top 7 Christmas Songs
Tis the season to be jolly and nothing makes you jollier than a good old sing-along with family and friends at Christmas time. There are many office debates around Christmas time: What’s everyone’s favourite thing about Christmas? Is Die Hard a Christmas film? Who ate the last mince pie? (It was Kyle btw). But one office debate that caused the most controversy this year at Prime was, “what is everyone’s favourite Christmas song?” As everyone has an opinion, we thought it was best to make a list! So here are Prime’s top Christmas songs:
No. 7: The Killers – Don’t shoot me Santa
This Christmas song (that isn’t really a Christmas song) has ended up on our number 7 spot due to Prime’s Chris Thompson insisting that it should be no.1. This was the best we could do Chris sorry. Whilst not quite a ‘Mr Brightside’ or ‘Human’, this song was released during the Killers peak in November 2007. A portion of the proceeds from this song also went to AIDS charities as part of the Product Red campaign. The song itself is a classic Killers track, and whilst it’s not the first song you think of when you are looking for Christmas bangers, it’s an essential Christmas song for any Killers fan.
No. 6: Do They Know It’s Christmas – BandAid
This one was chosen by Prime’s co-founder Nicole Plinston. Unfortunately, nobody agreed with her, so it has found its way to no.6 on our list – but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the all-time Christmas classics! First released in 1984, written by Bob Geldof and then subsequently ruined in 2014 by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs to name a few, the original version of the song still holds up today. The record became the fastest-selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone and passing 3 million on the last day of 1984. According to Wikipedia (so take it with a pinch of salt) the original has sold a whopping 3.8 million copies to date. That’s a Christmas song easily worthy of our no.6 spot.
No. 5: Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Lucy in our office chose this very relaxing Christmas jingle and it was met with a mediocre response. As such it has hit our no.5 spot on the list. Her reason for picking the song was because ‘it makes me feel Christmassy’. Despite the lack of detail in her reasoning, the Bing Crosby version of the song is currently the world’s best-selling single with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide, so it should probably be higher on the list. But at Prime, we’re known for doing things differently so sorry Bing, no.5 is all you’re getting.
No. 4: Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
Another one from Prime’s Chris Thompson and this time the majority of the office actually agreed with him. Written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer and songwriter José Feliciano, this Latin pop song has found its way into the hearts of many around the world, which is exactly why it’s our no.4 top Christmas song of all time.
No. 3: Michael Buble – Any Christmas song
Michael Buble is Father Christmas, he comes once a year and brings joy to all. That is why he is our no.3 spot and that is the only reason we need.
No. 2: Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
A cheesy Christmas banger with a sad backstory behind it, Fairytale of New York is the essential Christmas song. If the writer of this article had his say over this entire list, this song would be no.1. But we’re all about democracy here at Prime so it has sadly fallen to no.2. Released in 1987 and sung by The Pogues, the voices of Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl will forever be a staple of the most wonderful time of year. This song was selected as the best Christmas song and an all-time classic by multiple people in our office, from our MD Neil Clough to our marketing intern Jon Rossiter.
No. 1: The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
Although it seems odd that a hard rock/heavy metal band has landed at the top of our Christmas songs list, in fairness it is an epic banger. When you think of Christmas, bands like The Darkness don’t normally spring to mind. I mean, gothic-looking men with crazy looking outfits don’t exactly scream fun for all the family. But then again that’s exactly what makes this song so unique. Christmas is a time for everyone and that includes the out-there and weird, which is probably why it’s the official number one pick, being chosen by team managers Kyle and Christina as well as recruiters in our office like Sam. At the time of its release, the song was the bookmaker’s odds to hit Christmas no.1 however unfortunately it never did. It made Prime’s Christmas no.1 instead!
We hope you enjoyed our Christmas list and if you think we’ve missed any essential Christmas songs off (which we definitely have) don’t be afraid to shout out and let us know. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Prime and we’ll see you all in 2019.