Christmas is a time of joy and good tunes. Whether you are having fun with family or friends, or spending a little bit of time revising, music can lift the spirits, energise or relax and help you bond with other people.
We asked members of staff from across City Library what their favourite festive tracks were. We got a lot of responses. Fairytale of New York and Last Christmas were both popular, but some very interesting tracks were added.
Listen to our Spotify playlist below.
Bianco Natal and Scende la Neve
“They are all Italian songs, we used to sing them in primary school (our teacher used to play guitar – very homey!)
The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York
“I love the lyrics!” says one. “Great to sing-a-long to” says another.
“George Michael, school disco memories !!”
Silent Night and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody
“Remind me of people I miss”
Anything from Muppet Christmas Carol
“The best sing-along songs for Christmas” says Chloe.
Oh Holy Night
Lynn chose this. She said “At the line “Fall on your knees, O hear the angels’ voices” it gives me goose pimples and makes me cry – every time, no matter who is singing – King’s College choir or Mariah Carey.”
Tim Minchin’s White Wine In The Sun
Samantha says “I’m not religious but like a lot of non-religious people I enjoy Christmas for the chance to spend time with family and friends and this song is all about an Australian family waiting for their children to travel home for Christmas and meet them, where they’re all outside, drinking white wine in the sun and I’m not Australian either so I really like the different image from the usual snowy winter festivals we think of in Europe”.
This year (2017) the Northampton Square Library will be open 27th – 29th December 10 am – 6 PM for self-service and reference only use. Check Library Services website for more information on library opening times.
Have we missed one of your favourite songs? Tell us in the comments below or add it to our Spotify playlist.