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How a Christmas playlist should be done

A while back, Journeyer posed a question about what music was listened to at Sidepodcast HQ and we promised to make a playlist or two to demonstrate. Unfortunately, we didn't get round to it but now we're delivering on that promise (sort of). During the past week, I listened to Apple Music's attempt at a Christmas playlist that had one or two classics but for the most part featured party songs, tangential festive tunes, and those slowed down advert covers that are so very popular these days.

I wasn't impressed. So, I took it upon myself to make a better holiday playlist and, naturally, have called it: How a Christmas playlist should be done. This involved sourcing the best of the best of festive choons, as well as having a crash course in making a playlist flow from start to finish. The result, available on Apple Music and listed below, is a work of art.

How a Christmas playlist should be done, Vol. 1
SongArtist
Christmas is All AroundBill Nighy
Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa ClausSnoop Dogg & Anna Kendrick
8 Days of ChristmasDestiny's Child
2000 MilesThe Pretenders
Driving Home for ChristmasChris Rea
A Holly Jolly ChristmasLady Antebellum
Christmas LightsColdplay
Christmas TimeBackstreet Boys
Lonely This ChristmasMud
Christmas WrappingSpice Girls
Merry Christmas EverybodySlade
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John Lennon, The Harlem Community Choir, The Plastic Ono Band & Yoko Ono
Please Come Home for ChristmasBon Jovi
Baby It's Cold OutsideTom Jones & Cerys Matthews
Run Rudolph RunHanson
Fairytale of New YorkThe Pogues
White Wine in the SunTim Minchin
Stop the CavalryJona Lewie
Christmas Coming Home (feat. Lennon & Maisy)Nashville Cast
Underneath the TreeKelly Clarkson
Main Title from Home AloneJohn Williams
I Believe in Father ChristmasEmerson, Lake & Palmer
All I Want for Christmas is YouMariah Carey
Christmas IsRun-DMC
I Was Born on Christmas DaySaint Etienne
I Want a Hippopotamus for ChristmasA Great Big World
Rockin' Around the Christmas TreeMiley Cyrus
Santa Claus is Coming to TownBruce Springsteen
Last ChristmasJimmy Eat World
I Won't be Home for Christmasblink-182
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)Darlene Love
Love Me Like You (Christmas Mix)Little Mix
Step into ChristmasElton John
Silent NightStevie Nicks
Santa Tell MeAriana Grande
Feels Like ChristmasThe Feeling
The Little Drummer BoyJohnny Cash
All I Want for Christmas is New Year's DayHurts
Stay Another DayEast 17

If you're a Spotify fan, please know I did try and make the playlist there too but they didn't have the first and most important song by Mr Nighy, so it was a non-starter from there.

However, I'd love to know what you've got in your playlist, and if you think I've missed anything, do let me know on Twitter. There's always time for a Vol. 2!