In my last post I suggested 5 Christmas songs you might not know. This week, I’m recommending lesser-known covers of well-loved Christmas hits.
Admittedly, some Christmas covers are truly awful. (Ronan Keating and Moya Brennan, I’m looking at you. Nobody should ever cover Fairytale of New York.) Occasionally, however, an artist successfully puts new life into an old classic…
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Slow Club
Since Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was first released in 1963 by Darlene Love, it’s been covered by more than fifty artists. Among them are Cher, Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M, Hanson, Jon Bon Jovi and U2, but for me the Slow Club version will always come out on top!
Last Christmas – Florence and the Machine
When Florence Welch covered Wham!’s Last Christmas for Radio 1, I was thrilled. It’s never been one of my favourite festive tunes but Florence, in her usual style, found the real meaning in the song and produced an incredibly heartfelt, sad version.
Sleigh Ride – KT Tunstall
This bouncy cover of Sleigh Ride is taken from KT Tunstall’s Have Yourself a Very KT Christmas album. Sleigh Ride is really fun, but it’s also worth checking out the slower songs on the album like her beautiful version of Mud’s Lonely This Christmas.
Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas – Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Doctor Who! Since 2005, The Doctor has played a central role in every Christmas Day so I couldn’t not include this hilarious version of Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas performed by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. It does, however, have absolutely no musical quality so should you desire a version of this song with slightly more aural worth, try the She & Him version from 2009.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Jack Johnson
Let’s end with a children’s Christmas classic. Jack Johnson is always brilliant at telling a story in his songs, but his version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is particularly lovely.