Just why is it, that despite it being 2017, we still listen to the likes of Wham, Shakin’ Stevens, Wizzard, Mariah Carey and so many more? Why don’t we ditch them and listen to the ‘modern’ choices of music?
It’s quite simple really. The classic Christmas songs are unbeatable. They’re timeless.
You can almost guarantee it. You stick on one of the classics and 99% of people in that room will know the lyrics and sing/dance/hum along.
Another reason why I think they’re so incredibly popular around this time of the year is because it’s feel good music (unless it’s driving home for Christmas or Lonely this Christmas). You can’t help but smile when they’re played. They all put you in such good moods. They remind me of happiness, they bring back memories, they make new memories. Like “Oh remember that one time when Karen choked on a brussel sprout belting out All I want for Christmas is you?” Or when your great auntie Mary fell over dancing to I wish it could be Christmas everyday. (FYI great auntie Mary is me…)
Also, it reminds me of simpler times.
Back then, things just seemed so much better, y’know? People were more care free, happier, more at ease, the pressure of Christmas wasn’t so intense. It was just… fun, really. Most of the classic songs were released when my parents were my age – give or take a few years. They often speak about how much fun it was in the 70s and 80s. There was no ‘competitiveness’ with Christmas presents, Capitalism wasn’t shoved down our throats, things were just, nicer I guess? Of course, whether I could go back to the 20th Century with no internet or phone is a different question altogether. The pressure of Christmas was barely in existence. It was what it was supposed to be – celebrating, being together, relaxing, tradition, care free, white Christmas’. Everything we want so much. It was there back then. It feels that way to me anyway.
Of course, I’m not saying that Christmas sucks in the 21st Century because it doesn’t. I love it as much as the next Christmas obsessed person BUT I am saying that’s why I think people love those songs so much – because they make the older generation nostalgic. They make us wonder, they make us happy, they bring back memories. It’s something that also brings us all together and I love that.
Let’s be real, there’s only a handful of ‘modern’ artists who’s broke through the classic army of Christmas songs, such as the likes of Michael Buble and more recently – SIA who are both babes in their own rights. Then of course, whoever is doing the John Lewis Christmas advert. I think it speaks for itself when there’s only a handful of artists to have pulled off amazing Christmas songs and go down with the legendary classics in years to come.
They’re cheesy sure but they’re feel good fun, they’re unforgettable.
So, in years to come, do I think the likes of Mariah Carey, Wizzard, Wham, The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl will still be played religiously, every festive season? Sure. For starters, Mariah Carey is the queen of Christmas, let’s be real so she is not going ANYWHERE. Then all the other Christmas songs are just as equally timeless. If they’re still this big – some of them 30-40 years later – why wouldn’t they be just as amazing in another 30-40 years time? Personally, they’re just the best. They’re perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas.
What do Christmas songs mean to you? Do you think the same as me? Or do you have a different opinion? Let me know in the comments below!
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