If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the week leading up to Christmas battling shopping centre crowds and scrambling to get to the freshest prawns in your local supermarket – all to the tune of B-grade Christmas carols. On repeat.
In fact, you’re probably currently thinking you’d rather listen to a pair of brawling possums than trawl through a bunch of Christmas-y tunes with the aim of selecting the perfect soundtrack to your Christmas Day.
We feel this vibe. So we’ve decided to step in and lend a hand by suggesting some of our favourite holiday tunes and albums to add to your Christmas playlist – all of which are carefully optimised to NOT set your teeth on edge on the happiest day of the year
The albums to play
A Very She & Him Christmas – She & Him
An album full of warm and fuzzy Christmas tunes by indie/folk duo She & Him, featuring none other than actress Zooey Deschanel on vocals. It’s perfect background music for the relaxed, quiet Christmas day (even without the cracking fireplace and cosy Christmas jumpers that the tunes clearly aim to invoke).
One for the hipsters (or fans of ‘New Girl’).
— She & Him (@sheandhim) December 18, 2015
#ChristmasandChill – Ariana Grande This EP set Twitter alight following its digital release late last week, with the #ChristmasandChill hashtag trending worldwide. If you’ve got tweens or teens headed to your house this Christmas, chances are they’ll be familiar with former Disney princess Ariana Grande. This is her latest holiday offering, and it features some cool R’n’B infused Christmas originals which will go down a treat with your younger guests.
Kylie Christmas – Kylie Minogue
Would an Australian Christmas be complete without a little Kylie? A family crowd-pleaser.
— bpi music (@bpi_music) December 18, 2015
The songs to add
Wonderful Christmastime – The Shins
If you’re building your own Christmas playlist, include this gem from indie rockers The Shins. They’ve covered Paul McCartney’s 1979 tune “Wonderful Christmastime” – and the results are guaranteed to melt even the most frozen of Christmas hearts! Listen below.
Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles
This 1978 classic track from The Eagles captures a very special Christmas vibe – Dad’s and Mum’s will be impressed!
Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
What could be more perfect for an Australian Christmas than the inclusion of a Beach Boys track that sounds more like sun and surf than snowflakes?
The playlists to use
If building your own Christmas playlist isn’t your style (fair enough – it takes effort!), here’s a couple of playlists we’d highly recommend to play come the holiday break.
- Spotify’s Merry Christmas: The Best Holiday Music
- Slate’s Best Christmas Song Covers
- Huffington Post’s 21 Christmas Songs to Listen To This Instant
Wishing everyone a perfectly soundtracked Christmas Day. #loveBOQ