Okay - we need to talk about it - Halloween is out of the way now, Bonfire night is sorted - we’re on the home stretch to Christmas now! Mince pies, festive cheer and epic Christmas tunes are on the way!
We reckon it’s now socially acceptable to play Christmas songs from now, so we thought we’d put together a little list of our favourite 50 Christmas songs for your work’s party!
It includes some of the classics (we’re talking Rudolph the Red - Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas and Jingle Bells) and some more modern choices from some of our favourite bands!
So - get your bluetooth speaker ready and get ready to get your colleagues dancing round the office. There’s a Spotify Playlist below that you can listen along to as you read through or feel free to use this guide as a starting point!
1.) Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
This is such a classic song that everyone knows and loves. Our favourite bit is Noddy Holder shouting ‘It’s Christmas!’ It brings back many happy memories of playing this song around this time of year!
2.) All I Want for Christmas is You -Mariah Carey
Hearing those first few twinkly notes is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. It’s a tricky one to sing - have fun trying to get the high note at the end!
3.) Santa Claus is Coming to Town - McFly
It’s no secret in this band, we LOVE McFly! This is one of our favourite covers of theirs!
4.) Rocking Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
This is classic song one that just invokes Christmas. This one always brings a smile to people’s faces!
5.) Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea
As a gigging band, we usually end up playing events right up until Christmas Eve. It’s a Pedal Tones tradition that once we play our last gig before Christmas we have to play this song on our drives home, as many times as we can stand it. Whoever manages to listen to it the most wins a Mince Pie!
6.) Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) - The Darkness
Another band we love alongside McFly is The Darkness, so we knew this song would have to make the cut!
7.) Do They Know It’s Christmas - Band Aid 1984
This song has had a fair few different cover versions over the years but this one remains our favourite as there’s so many great musicians on it!
8.) Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
We love the original version of this Christmas classic - it hooks you straight away from those opening guitar notes.
9.) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
This song is great for background music or acoustic music whilst people are eating. It’s not a ‘dancy’ song as such but it is a favourite for many generations!
10.) It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
This one brings a smile to people’s faces every time they hear it - it’s a classic!
11.) Last Christmas - Wham
An absolute classic when it comes to Christmas. Although the lyrics are a bit downbeat, it’s still a bit optimistic about the future!
12.) I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day - Wizzard
This is a Pedal Tones favourite. It’s also rather tricky to play - Wizzard are a tight band!
13.) Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin’ Stevens
This one to get people up and dancing and is one of our favourites to play as well as hear!
14.) Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
Another one that everyone will know from the very first synth note at the start, this will get everyone up on their feet!
15.) Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson
A more modern one, we think this one deserves a place on the list for how catchy it is!
16.) Fairytale of New York - The Pogues feat Kirsty Maccoll
We’ve covered this song a couple of times at various weddings and corporate events and we need to let you on a secret - we never know the words! Although - we don’t think anyone else does either!
17.) Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon
This is a feel good Christmas song which usually gets everyone singing along with its optimistic and hopeful message!
18.) Let It Snow - Dean Martin
A true Christmas classic, this songs lyrics never fail to make us feel cosy and warm.
19.) Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue
Fun and naughty, this song always goes down well at Christmas parties and usually ends up with some hilarious dancing! The Eartha Kits version is a classic but we also love this version by Kylie!
20.) Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin
Perfect for the background whilst you’re finishing up the last bits of work or whilst you’re having your work Christmas dinner - this is a classic that everyone knows and loves.
21.) Sleigh Ride - The Ronnettes
Full of Christmas cheer, this song is another favourite for background music whilst you eat or finish those last bits before Christmas!
22.) It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como ft Fontane Sisters
Your work colleagues will start swaying in their seats when they hear this one - another true Christmas classic!
23.) Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer - Destiny’s Child
There’s so many classic versions of this song (that all help you remember the names of all the reindeer for your Christmas quiz!) but we love this modern take by Destiny’s Child.
24.) Frosty the Snowman - Gene Autry
The song’s upbeat feel never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces and will cheer up even the biggest ‘Scrooge’ of the office!
25.) Step Into Christmas - Elton John
Who doesn’t remember this from the classic scene in Gavin and Stacey? It’s one to get all ages singing along!
26.) Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley’s most favourite Chrismtas song never fails to bring Christmas cheer to young and old!
27.) Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande
Does anyone else remember this song being EVERYWHERE when it came out in 2014? It still keeps cropping up every Christmas - but you won’t hear us complaining about it!
28.) Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry
This 12-bar blues number failed to become a hit when it first came out but has turned into a Christmas classic after plenty of covers not it!
29.) I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Frank Sinatra
A wonderful tribute to the soldiers who fought in world war 2, this song deserves a place on this list!
30.) The Christmas Song - Nat King Kole
Okay, okay - most people don’t know the song’s proper name, they know it as ‘Chesnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ but this is the proper title!
31.) Jingle Bells - Ella Fitzgerald
A jazzier rendition of the classic song, this is one of our favourite for background Christmas music playlists!
32.) Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
How can anyone not be uplifited by this song? The catchy lyrics and melody are perfect to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
33.) Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller
This catchy Christmas classic is a great workout with the electric guitar parts!
34.) Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bible
Michael Buble is one of the classic Christmas artists and we love this version of the cheery song!
35.) Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Originally intended to be a protest song, this has become an unintentional Christmas classic!
36.) Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
This is an unusual collaboration between two big musical artists and brings the festive cheer!
37.) I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
Meant to be an anti-Christmas commercialism song, this song has ironically become a Christmas classic!
38.) Christmases When You Were Mine - Taylor Swift
Sometimes slipping under the radar, this is an underrated song for all you Swifties out there!
39.) Silent Night - The Temptations
One of the oldest songs on the list - this 1968 version by The Temptations is another perfect one for the end of the Christmas Party or just while you’re dining on the Christmas favourites!
40.) Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
A happy romantic Christmas classic, this song will warm everyone’s hearts!
That concludes our favourite 40 songs for your work’s Christmas Party! If you’re interested in having us play some of these songs at your end of year party - whether in North Wales, Cheshire or anywhere across the North West - don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we’d love to bring the Christmas cheer for you!