As the story goes, each December 1st, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey emerge from their hibernations to grace us with their classic Christmas tunes every year. But beyond these two festive heavyweights, here are some of the tracks we have on in the background when decorating the house, or doing Christmas baking, or really just any task that needs a healthy dose of Christmas spirit!
Wham! - Last Christmas
Covered by everyone from Ariana Grande to Taylor Swift, this track is an absolute Christmas staple. George Michael sings about his heartbreak, hoping to gift his heart to “someone special” this year. While the new versions are great songs in their own right, the synths in the original still get us right in the feels 34 years on.
Human Nature - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Human Nature is one of the hardest working groups in the biz - they seem to have a cover of just about any classic track you can think of. And classic Christmas songs are no exception - from their aptly titled “The Christmas Album” from 2013, their cover of “Christmas” does the original justice while jazzing it up with their signature harmonies.
Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby
Keeping things local, our Kylie’s version of this sultry Christmas song is still our favourite. While Michael Buble gave us an… interesting version on his Christmas album, trust us when we say that Kylie hits just the right spot between naughty and nice. Warning - your Christmas list might get exorbitantly more expensive after a few listens…
*NSYNC - Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Christmas time is great for nostalgia - so why not throw it back to the peak boyband days with this *NSYNC song? Justin’s vocals, a catchy chorus - this one’s ticking all our boxes.
Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run
Can you believe back when this song was released that didn’t even crack the top fifty? Making regular appearances in ads and family dinner montages in Christmas movies ever since, it’s one we can’t help but dance along to.
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
While we get awesome new Christmas albums every year, the classics will always have a place in our hearts. Although a white Christmas is definitely more of a fantasy here in Australia, this song is perhaps one of the most iconic festive tunes of all time. Bust out Bing Crosby’s version on Christmas Eve while ogling Christmas lights.