With Christmas less than a week away and Christmas parties in full swing, no doubt some of our readers are thinking of ways to incorporate a bit of Christmas karaoke into the festivities! Though Christmas songs have been blaring out from every shop and every radio station, a Christmas party without a few classic songs of the season is not a proper Christmas party!
Take a look below at some of our favourite Christmas songs to add to your karaoke playlist, and find out more about them.
More of a modern classic, All I Want For Christmas is You seems to be the marmite of Christmas songs; people love it, or they hate it. Released in 1994, the song made the Top 10 in both the UK and the USA and has charted every year in the holiday season since. The song has also gone three times Platinum in the UK and has had many covers from artists such as Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.
Last Christmas is a staple on many Christmas playlists and reached number two in the UK singles chart when it was released in 1984, with the Band Aid single taking the top spot. Wham! donated all the royalties they received from the song to the Ethiopian famine. In the subsequent years, Last Christmas has often made into the top 40, peaking in 2018 at number seven.
A Christmas song which gets everyone singing along, Wonderful Christmastime by former Beatle is a popular choice for Christmas karaoke due to its simplicity, though has been criticised for being a mediocre composition from McCartney. McCartney recorded the song entirely on his own, but his band Wings appeared in the music video. When it was released in 1979, it peaked at number six on the UK singles chart.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in response to the famine in Ethiopia and recorded by supergroup Band Aid. Reaching number one, the song has been re-recorded three other times in 1989, 2004 and 2014, despite it being named in NME as a ‘turkey’ as in an artistic failure. Artists to feature on the original song include Bono, Phil Collins, Spandau Ballet, George Michael and Paul Weller.
The perfect karaoke song to perform after you have had a few Christmas tipples, Fairytale of New York is a must-have for your festive playlist. The song had a troubled development, such as re-writes and losing its original female vocalist before being recorded in 1987. Though never reaching the coveted number one on the UK singles chart, the song has often topped polls and lists for favourite Christmas song in the UK and Ireland.
Do you have any must-have Christmas songs both old and new you have on your festive karaoke playlist? Let us know via social media! In the meantime, take a look at some of the top-of-the-range karaoke equipment we have on our online shop – you could still get it before Christmas!
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