The 2023 Christmas playlist

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Enjoy your festive New Year’s Eve with WECB’s Christmas playlist! Various musicians from different eras show their vision of the holidays.

Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

A Christmas classic that some may have forgotten, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” returned against all expectations to first place in the American charts, 65 years after its release. Enough to immerse yourself in a kitsch and deliciously fifties atmosphere.

Chuck Berry – Run Rudolf Run

It’s difficult to move on to this true standard popularized by Chuck Berry, covered many times since its release in 1958. A typical rock ‘n’ roll tube, this tale about Rudolph gains speed and energy.

Ran Nir & June Coco – Every Christmas We Share

Indie-folk singer Ran Nir teams up with June Coco for the single “Every Christmas We Share”. Slow while remaining festive, this title shows an artist who expresses himself after having found “beauty, joy and life by celebrating Christmas with (his wife’s family)”.

Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas

In 1984, Queen decided to stick to the holidays by releasing the single “Thank God It’s Christmas”. A very inspired idea, since the 45 rpm then remained for six weeks in the British charts. Initially featured on none of the band’s studio albums, it eventually appeared on the 1999 compilation Greatest Hits III.

U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Darlene Love’s classic turns 60 this year. Immerse yourself in this title with the U2 cover from 1987. The Irish superstars also played this song again at the Sphere in Las Vegas. Until then, it had only been performed once on stage.

Nanowar of Steel – Valhallelujah

Metal bands are also interested in the end of year celebrations. The Roman parody group Nanowar of Steel took the liberty of adding a facetious touch by mixing Christmas tales and clichés about Nordic legends, with the participation of Angus McFife, former singer of Gloryhammer.

Weezer – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Many American groups have gone through the Christmas album box. This is the case for Weezer, who released the EP Christmas with Weezer in November 2008. They cover classic festive songs in an alternative rock style, including the famous “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”.

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

The music world recently lost Shane MacGowan, lead singer of the Pogues and a true icon of Irish music. Among the band’s classics is Fairytale Of New York, first released as a single in 1987 and featured on the 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. Performed with Kirsty MacColl, this song has become a party essential the end of the year.

AC/DC – Mistress for Christmas

In the album The Razor’s Edge, released in 1990, AC/DC has fun with “Mistress for Christmas”, with lyrics that do not hide their ribaldness. Angus Young told Guitar World in 1991 that “it was the funniest song on the album.” Regarding its subject, he says that “this song is about Donald Trump. It was in the news at the time, so we thought we could make something humorous out of it. »

Gaspard Royant – Christmas is Back in Town

Released in 2016, this festive single from the French crooner is experiencing a dazzling resurgence of success. It allows Gaspard Royant to take on another role: “I’m a bit like Santa Claus, I crash at their house during the holidays! » he says to the editorial staff.


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Christopher Johnson

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