The best Christmas songs of all time, according to music industry insiders

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Some of the coolest women in the music industry tell us why they can’t help but love these festive bangers. 

We’ve officially entered December which can only mean one thing: you have permission to go forth and start playing Mariah Carey and co on repeat.

Whether you’re hell-bent on making your colleagues listen to Christmas songs every day from now until 25 December, or if you simply just want to make your commute more bearable, then take a look below at the top picks from some of the coolest women in music today. 

Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC 

“Not only does Christmas In Hollis have an absolute belter of a groove and a hilarious video, I find it really sweet that they broke the stereotype and made a Christmas tune.”

Katie Tavini, mastering engineer,

Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea

“This captures the anticipation and excitement of travelling somewhere or waiting for relations to arrive. Rea’s voice has all the warmth and nostalgia of Christmas.”

Xanthe Fuller, DJ and head of community at Mixcloud

Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M 

“This is great for a singalong, and reminds me of wrapping presents and all the other frantic last minute preparation bits on Christmas Eve.”

Emma-Louise Amanshia, producer, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, @iAmEmmaLou_

8 Days of Christmas by Destiny’s Child 

“My Christmas isn’t complete until I’ve heard Beyoncé sing ‘On the eighth day of Christmas my baby gave to me, a pair of Chloé shades and a diamond belly ring’”.

Joelah Noble, radio DJ and presenter @joelahnoble

Frosty The Snowman by The Ronettes 

“Highlights of this soul-pop smash include beehive queen Ronnie Spector belting out ‘Fwosssty’ in her Harlem lilt and the jingliest jingle bells this side of Santa’s workshop.”

Leonie Cooper, editor of DICE ticketing and discovery app

Christmastime (Don’t Let The Bells End) by The Darkness

“A modern classic – the massive riffs, the falsetto, the lure of the air guitar only someone sat on their hands could resist – this festive hit has got it all.”

Verity Griffiths, head of sync at Cooking Vinyl,

Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses 

“An anthem for single women suffering a year of Tinder disasters and feeling pretty bah humbug. I love that it promotes pure, unadulterated JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out).”

Connie Meade, label manager, AMF

Christmas Conga by Cyndi Lauper 

“Bongos! Techno! Cyndi Lauper! Truly, nothing says festive like this 1998 romp, which sounds like William Orbit got bored making Madonna albums and cranked out a Christmas tune.”

Stay Another Day by East 17

“Great for a mulled wine-fuelled singalong. And who doesn’t love a white puffer jacket?”

Dot Levine, head of comms, Vevo

You can download all of these tracks (and more) on Stylist’s Christmas Crackers playlist here

Images: Getty 


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