Now that Christmas is arriving, I am, perhaps like some of you, feeling the pressures of trying to please – when it will be impossible to get it right, even when strapped with a detailed list of everything that everyone has suggested they want. So the only thing that can ameliorate the tension is music; and oh how it so effortlessly saves the day. That is why for this week’s review I decided to collate a list of UK Christmas singles with a twist, and to give you our No.1 prediction.
Now we all know that it is probably going to be an X-factor singer. Of course, I do not know, I am simply taking a wild stab in the dark here, but, and I am only guessing, maybean X-factor winner! So I decided to create my list according to the code of DI-FORM, and take five UK singles leading to our favourite for a Christmas No.1.
Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want for Christmas’. No! Just kidding. As much as I love that song, we have done it to death. Instead, for these times, to begin our countdown, a fresher sound is series 9 X-factor finalist Ella Henderson – ‘Yours’. Though Ella’s voice cannot and should not be compared to Mariah’s, as their styles are completely different, the essence of longing and romance that everyone loved about ‘All I Want for Christmas’ can still definitely be heard in ‘Yours’. The wonderful thing about this song is its natural simplicity; it’s the perfect Christmas song to cuddle up to, or seduce with, using the mistletoe as your instrument of advancement. So at number 5 is Ella Henderson – ‘Yours’, for the lovers and the like.
Image Source: Ella Henderson Official Site
If you have ever been to ‘Winter Wonderland’in Hyde Park you will instantly understand why ‘Real Love’ came in as one of our contenders for a UK Christmas single, even though this song was released in the fall. This song brings to life the magic of all those great circus rides that you can experience at Winter Wonderland – alongside the ice-rink, good company, good food, and lots of things for anyone of any age to try, bringing the wonderland fantasy to life. So coming in at number 4 is Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – ‘Real Love’.
Image Source: Jon Ali’s Blog
Not only because the infamous and extraordinarily talented Les Twins, who I quite simply adore, make a cameo in the video (slightly biased I know), but also because, in true Meghan Trainor style, this song is just bags of fun. From beginning to end the song gets you in the mood for letting your hair down and having a good time, gearing us up for everything we love about the festive period. Though there are highly trained dancers in the video, some of whom should come with a warning sign, this song does not make you feel so conscious of your own dance ability, but in fact it does the opposite, and leaves you in a happy-enough frame of mind to just get up and enjoy yourself. It is for this reason that Meghan Trainor – ‘Lips Are Movin’, comes in at number 3.
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From the moment I saw the rollers under the hairdryer to set those curls, and the white round-neck vest under the blazer, I was involved; it was actually the video that made me love this song and confirmed all that was wrong about the 70’s ladies’ man. All that was missing were flares and a Hawaiian shirt, but the mix of the 50’s cool schoolboy look and the 80’s precise colours and tailor made suits, with that funk sound – and let’s not forget the brick for a mobile phone that Mark Ronson seems to be handling – really gets you in the mood for that family party, and would even bring to life any grandmother who drunk way too much mulled wine, leaving your Christmas with those key unforgettable Christmas moments. So at number 2 is Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’.
Image Source: Samantha Ronson Instagram
For our predicted Christmas No.1 favourite we believe that Sam Smith should hold the No.1 spot with his take on the traditional Christmas classic from Judy Garland that was then sung so gracefully by Frank Sinatra. And now, Sam Smith has captured that glorious Christmas fantasy that, growing up in the true spirit of Christmas, we all dreamed of. Similarly to Ella Henderson, it’s the simplicity in the song of vocals accompanied by piano and nothing more that really makes it a great Christmas single. Sam’s voice sent goose bumps all over my body, hence I was filled with delight when we all agreed that this should be our number-one pick and ultimately the UK’s Christmas No.1.
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Edit & Words By: Florence Bailey