Emily’s five favourite festive tunes

By: Emily Maybanks

With less than 20 days to go until ‘the big day’, I thought I would share my five favourite Christmas songs, including some Christmastime classics as well as some unique ones.

Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea – this is of course a song that has been around at Christmastime for years. I’ve grown fond of having this song on my playlist when I get the train or coach home for Christmas, especially since being at University.

Vive Le Vent (the MIKA version) – if you listen to this song, you will know the tune immediately. The French lyrics are beautiful with the sound of the words and letters, especially the ‘v’ sounds at the beginning “vive le vent, vive le vent; vive le vent d’hiver.” There’s so much to love about listening to the French version of a well-known song, plus MIKA sings it and I’ve always been a fan of his music.

Last Christmas by Wham – another Christmas classic! I like this song and it holds some special memories for me personally from my childhood and teenage years; of my Dad singing Last Christmas absolutely terribly every year and my brother and I would find it hilarious yet totally embarrassing at the same time.

Adeste Fideles (the version by Il Divo) – Adeste Fideles is the original Latin version of the famous Christmas carol O Come All Ye Faithful. I grew up going to carol services every year at Christmas and this was one of the songs I enjoyed singing. Of course, being a huge fan of Il Divo, I adore the fact that they’ve done a cover of this song and it is partly in Latin too.

Walking In The Air by Aled Jones – this is one of my all-time favourite Christmas songs. I remember watching Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman every year since I can remember. Even as a twenty-three year old, I’m still excited to go home for Christmas to watch The Snowman, because nothing gets me in the festive spirit more than watching my favourite childhood Christmas TV programmes. Walking In The Air is a very beautiful song as well and I love the memories it brings back for me.

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