Something a little different today, as we’ll be looking at ten cover versions of Christmas tracks that are all brilliant in their own little ways.
In no particular order…
Maps – Stay Another Day
One of the greatest songs of the nineties is transformed into a six minute epic, complete with epic sounds-capes from a project called Maps.
Tom McRae – Wonderful Christmastime
Paul McCartney’s jaunty and synth based Christmas hymn is turned into a maudlin reflective track, which is one of the most depressing – in a good way- songs I’ve ever heard.
Andrew W.K and Rodney The Mailman – Silent Night
The guy behind the iconic I Get Wet album, and a humble postie who was in the office delivering his rounds covering one of the classic hymns of our time.
Christy Moore – Fairytale Of New York
One of the best duets of all times is turned into an impassioned solo effort.
Frank Sinatra – The First Noel
Makes you almost want to be a Christian.
The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
Phil Spector’s queens of pop turn a Christmas standard into Californian sunshine
Bing Crosby and David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)
Two legends of different generations combined to make festive magic. Bowie famously hated Little Drummer Boy so wrote his own track Peace On Earth to go along with it.
Otis Redding – White Christmas
One of Bing’s standards transformed into a vocal performance that is terrifying, calming and sad all at the same time.
Manic Street Preachers – Last Christmas
That sweater on James Dean Bradfield, Richard and Judy looking on… What’s not to love?
David Ford – Have Yourself A Bitter Little Christmas
Not strictly a cover, but for all of you who are hating the festive season, this one is for you.
That’s that then. Got any suggestions of your own?