Whether to provide a soundtrack to a drinks party or present-wrapping session, 'tis the season to indulge your inner cheesy DJ. Not too cheesy, mind - we guarantee no Slade, Shakin’ Stevens or any of that piped muzak that drives you teeth-gnashingly mad in shops. Instead, try Stylist’s alternative playlist…
A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector – Various Artists
An irresistible soundtrack to the holiday season with just enough chic vintage cool. Features the likes of Frosty The Snowman and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, performed by 60s Motown girlbands and set to producer Spector’s famous Wall Of Sound.
The Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
The beautiful score from 1892 ballet The Nutcracker & The Mouse King will be familiar to you, even if you don’t know why. Romantic and melodic, its slowly-unfolding music box sound still captures the childlike, wide-eyed wonder of Christmas.
8 Days Of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle’s 2001 album of r’n’b carols. As Ms Knowles warbles: “On the eighth day of Christmas, my baby gave to me a pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring." If, like us, you love Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, you’ll adore this too.
Christmas With The Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr
Put some ring-a-ding swing into the season with this stylish 21-track treat that smells not just of roast chestnuts, but smoky Las Vegas cocktail lounges. Best accompanied, naturally, by a large glass of Christmas spirit.
The Glee Christmas Album – Glee Cast
Warm up for next year’s second series of the high school choir comedy with this selection of a dozen Christmas classics, given the New Directions treatment by Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Mr Schu and co – plus guest kd lang.