The best ever Christmas songs: From Mariah Carey and Band Aid to Frank Sinatra and The Pogues

'Tis the season for rocking around the Christmas tree to these festive tunes

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The bells are ringing out loud and clear for Christmas, with seasonal songs playing on the radio, in department stores and at every festive party.

From Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to the nation’s favourite Christmas song, “Fairytale of New York”, there’s just no escaping the celebratory cheer.

Band Aid 30 are pulling charity strings with a new take on “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” while Sam Smith has covered “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for those of us wanting a more melancholy soundtrack for present-wrapping.

Here’s our pick of the best Christmas songs to rock around the Christmas tree to this weekend:

 

11) “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee

12) “Merry Christmas Everyone” – Shakin’ Stevens

13) “Merry Xmas Everybody” - Slade

14) “Driving Home For Christmas” – Chris Rea

15) “2000 Miles” – The Pretenders

16) “Stop The Cavalry” – Jona Lewie

17) “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” - Dean Martin

18) “Sleigh Ride” – Ella Fitzgerald

19) “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” – Andy Williams

20) "Mary's Boy Child" - Boney M

21) “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – Frank Sinatra

22) “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”  -  Bing Crosby & David Bowie

23) “Mistletoe And Wine” – Cliff Richard

24) “Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness

25) “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – Jimmy Boyd

26) “Jingle Bell Rock” - Bobby Helms

27) “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” - Darlene Love

28) “I Believe In Father Christmas” - Greg Lake

29) “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters

30) “White Christmas”  - Bing Crosby

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