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As we enjoy the festive season and all things Christmas — our very own Head of UNESCO City of Music Kev McManus has spoken to a few of our favourite Liverpool artists to ask them what their top ten Christmas tunes are.

There’s plenty of choice for your music hit list — sure to get you through the festive season!

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Yule Never Walk Alone — Elvis Costello

(Quotes are from Elvis Costello and his comments on the song choice)

  • Merry Christmas Everybody” — Slade —
  • “Must Be Santa” — Bob Dylan
  • “Merry Christmas Baby” — Charles Brown
  • “Winter Song” — Lindisfarne
  • “A Cradle In Bethlehem”
  • “Run Run Rudolph” — Chuck Berry
  • “Old Toy Trains” — Nick Lowe
  • “The Stephen’s Day Murders” — Elvis Costello & The Chieftains
  • “Merry Xmas (War Is Over)” John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band
  • “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Diana Krall

A Christmas Sing Song — Ian Prowse

‘It’s Christmas isn’t it so you gotta have a sing song, a good old dance, maybe a bit of a cry, but mostly you have to reconnect with your loved ones who you probably don’t see enough of.’

  • 2000 Miles- The Pretenders
  • It’s All Good — Damien Dempsey
  • Fairytale of New York- The Pogues
  • Gaudete- Steeleye Span
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town — Bruce Springsteen
  • Strawberry Fields — The Beatles
  • The Leaving Of Liverpool — The Dubliners
  • Find The River- REM
  • Knowing Me Knowing You- Abba
  • Dancin In The Streets — Martha Reeves

Red Rum Club’s Christmas Ditties

  • Fairytale of New York — The Pogues
  • Stop the Cavalry — Jona Lewie
  • Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses
  • Merry Christmas Everyone — Shakin Stevens
  • He ‘Aint Heavy (He’s my brother) — The Justice Collective
  • Don’t let the bells end — The Darkness
  • Merry Christmas Everybody — Slade
  • Last Christmas — Wham!
  • Driving Home for Christmas — Chris Rea
  • Power of love — Frankie goes to Hollywood

All I want for Christmas is Youth — The Paris Youth Foundation

‘This is the Paris Youth Foundation Christmas Playlist. It was quite hard to draw a proper definitive list of Christmas songs because there’s so many amazing ones, but we gave it a go. It’s a mix of tunes that reminds us of being at home with family and also some seasonal classics that remind us of being out with mates around December.’

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Frank Sinatra
  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) — Nat King Cole
  • Driving Home for Christmas — Chris Rea
  • Merry Christmas Everyone — Shakin’ Stevens
  • A Spaceman Came Travelling — Chris De Burgh
  • Last Christmas — Wham
  • Wonderful Christmas Time — Paul McCartney
  • Happy Xmas (War is Over) — John Lennon
  • It Feels Like Christmas — Ghost of Christmas Present (Muppets)
  • Feliz Navidad — Jose Feliciano

‘Here are the tunes that remind me of home time at Christmas, hope u enjoy them and they make u feel festive and tingly (or depressed, sorry) x’

  • Both Sides Now- Joni Mitchell
  • In The Bleak Midwinter
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Judy Garland
  • Stay Another Day — east 17(obviously)
  • Christmas Lights- Coldplay
  • Silent Night — Frank Sinatra version
  • What Christmas Means to Me- Hanson
  • TV christmas- Dog is Dead
  • White Christmas- Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby
  • The Nutcracker Suite- Brian Setzer (also any of Andy Williams’ Christmas albums)

The Song That Ruined Christmas — Natalie McCool

‘Here’s some chalk for the cheesiest time of year … offset the cheer with 10 Christmas songs that the Grinch would be proud of. You’re welcomeeeee!’

  • Please Please Please (won’t you unwrap me?) — Natalie McCool
  • Holidays R’ Hell — Tuscadero
  • A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn’t So!) — The Flaming Lips
  • I Believe In Father Christmas — Greg Lake
  • That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! — Sufjan Stevens
  • It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop — Frightened Rabbit
  • Taking Down The Tree — Tracey Thorn
  • Hark The Herald Angels Sing — The Fall
  • Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis — Tom Waits
  • Trim Up The Tree — Eugene Poddany

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