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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Box set / Audio CD released 2012-11-05 at EMI TV

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      A really great collection of xmas songs

      Every single year at this time I stick up my tree, wrap my presents and generally indulge myself in being festive and annoying. A lot of people do! As I love music, I tend to want some great and classic Christmas tunes playing away in the background. I never seem to be able to find versions that I really love as much as the older songs but I'm always willing to have a listen and see what's out there. This year NOW has released a Christmas compilation "Now That's What I Call Christmas" with three discs full of songs for me to dig my teeth into. Now that I've downloaded the MP3 version (I don't get a case or anything, boo) I'm going to dive straight in here and see what it's like!

      ===Money, Money, Money===

      First things first you'll need to be aware of the cost. You'll currently be paying between £9.73 and £14.99 for this Compilation. For the amount of songs on it, it could be worth it, though there are cheaper ways to get your hands on it too that you may be able to figure out yourself. There are three discs in this pack which equates to 63 songs totaling 3.6 hours of music. As such this will be a longish review due to all the spacing out that makes it readable, but I will give a much more succinct track list and verdict at the end so feel free to skip to the end if you don't want to hear what I have to say about the songs.

      ===Disc One - Start the fun===

      Having a look at the track listing I am excited. The first disc seems to be full of older classic Christmas music that I absolutely love. Fantastic.

      1 - John an Yoko - Happy Christmas (War is over) - 3:35
      "So this is Christmas and what have you done?"
      A brilliant classic Christmas song that I've always found a little bit sad for some reason. Terrible singing, brilliant lyrics and Christmassy music. It's really not Christmas without this track!

      2 - The Pogues - Fairy tale of New York - 4:30
      "The boys of the NYPD choir were singing "Galway Bay" and the bells were ringing out for Christmas day"
      Another amazing Christmas song, Kirsty McColl teams up with the Pogues to give one of the most memorable Christmas songs on the planet. Not only a sad song but incredibly upbeat and really makes me want to dance around with my friends. I've spent many a Christmas eve walking friends home drunk and singing this at the top of my voice. Good choice!

      3 - Wham - Last Christmas - 4:27
      "Last Christmas, I gave you my heart but the very next day you gave it away"
      Camping it up with "Last Christmas" George Michael and all those other people in wham are another staple of the Christmas juke box. Better than any of the covers I've heard of the song too. If this wasn't already in your collection I'd be surprised. Great stuff!

      4 - Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas every day - 4:40
      "Let the bells ring out for Christmas"
      I'm jiggling away in my seat to this one. No Christmas party would be complete without this fantastically happy and upbeat song from wizard and their little choir boys. A song you can't help but dance and sing along with and lets face it, anyone with a beard like that deserves major xmas kudos.

      5 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody - 3:44
      "So here it is: Merry Christmas! Everybody's having fun"
      Noddy Holder, I salute you! Upbeat and very merry indeed, another song that everyone needs to hear at Christmas time. A firm Christmas classic! I'm dancing around again and remembering sooooo many parties where everyone has danced around like crazy people to this song. Ahh memories!

      6 - Chris Rea - Driving home for Christmas - 4:01
      "I'm driving home for Christmas, I can't wait to see those faces"
      Chris Rea's rough voice slows things down a little with this song. I have to admit I've never been a huge fan of this song, but it's instantly recognizable and it isn't a terrible track. Just a little subdued for my liking. I know plenty of other people love it but I just think it sounds like elevator music.

      7 - Band Aid - Do they know it's Christmas? - 3:43
      "There won't be snow in Africa this Christmas"
      The original band aid song, reminding us how lucky we are. This one includes Bob Geldof, Phil Collins, Spandau Ballet, U2, Paul Weller, Wham, Culture Club and many other bands waxing lyrical in the original world famous song raising money for those in third world countries. Despite some terrible singing it's still a Christmas must have and another one that may have already been in your collection.

      8 - Greg Lake - I believe in father Christmas - 3:30
      "They said there'd be snow at Christmas, They said there'll be peace on earth"
      Not a song I recognized instantly, but once it got going, I realized I knew it really well and most people probably will. A lovely number with some beautiful acoustic guitar running throughout, building the atmosphere from the very start of the song to the climactic orchestral end. A very welcome addition to my Christmas music and a song I probably wouldn't have remembered about if it wasn't brought to my attention by this collection. Good stuff!

      9 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and wine - 3:53
      "Christmas time, Mistletoe and wine, children singing Christian rhymes"
      One of my most hated Christmas songs of all time. Is it because I don't like the Cliffmeister? Probably. Still another very famous song, if you don't know the verses you'll definitely know the chorus. If you are anything like me, you'll also want to take this song and smash it off of the nearest rock.

      10 - Mud - Lonely this Christmas - 3:33
      "It'll be lonely this Christmas"
      Another one I didn't quite recognize till around about the chorus. I think it may have actually featured on the Home Alone soundtrack at one point. A decent song but not quite one I'd want to listen to at Christmas. A little dull and a wee bit too depressing for this time of year.

      11 - Boney M - Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord - 4:04
      "Man will live forever more because of Christmas day"
      Oh My Lord indeed. A very reggi Christmas even though the band were originally based in West Germany. Everyone will recognise this one and it always makes me giggle a little with how utterly cheesy it is. It's quite a religious one but also very upbeat. A good Christmas listen.

      12 - Jona Lewie - Stop the Calvalry - 2:56
      "If I get elected I'll stop...I will stop the cavalry
      Big brass instruments and very dour vocals make this a brilliant song about a soldier wishing he was at home for Christmas. An instantly recognisable and surprisingly cheery sounding song if you don't listen too hard. If you don't already have it, you need this in your Christmas collection.

      13 - Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone - 3:41
      "We're gonna have a party tonight, I'm gonna find that girl underneath the mistletoe and kiss by candlelight!"
      This on is in my top five Christmas songs of all time. So upbeat and happy you can't help but love this one. It's another great song to dance around like an idiot to and one that your Christmas collection can't be without. It always brings a smile to my face and fills me with that Christmas feeling. Perfect!

      14 - Elton John - Step into Christmas - 4:11
      "Step into Christmas, lets join together, we can watch the snow fall forever and ever"
      This was another one I didn't realise I knew until it started playing. A perfectly upbeat song from a brilliant song writer. Not only that but the music behind the lyrics is brilliantly played, piano, guitar, bells, everything you really need. Thumbs up!

      15 - Girls Aloud - Not Tonight Santa - 2:44
      "No santa this morning, I guess my note got through"
      This one made me truly raise an eyebrow for this first time on this disc. An absolutely terrible Christmas song from Girls Aloud that I have thankfully never heard till now. I won't be playing this ridiculous offering again either. As far as I can tell it's about being a complete tart at Christmas. Neither a classic or a memorable song at all.

      16 - Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time - 3:46
      "Simply having a wonderful Christmas Time!"
      Back to another brilliant Christmas offering from Paul McCartney. Everyone knows this song and it's difficult not to like the bizarre electronic Christmas cheer that this song has flowing throughout it. Simple, elegant and perfect! It's also a great and easy one for playing on the guitar if you are into that sort of thing

      17 - Pretenders - 2000 Miles - 3:40
      "Outside under the purple sky, diamonds in the snow sparkle, our hearts were singing, it felt like Christmas time"
      Not a song I would have instantly associated with Christmas however it IS a Christmas song and a brilliant one at that. The Pretenders are fantastic and this offering is a nice relaxed tune to have on and a great one to get your vocal chords stuck into if you like a good warble along.

      18 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood - The Power of Love - 5:28
      "A force from above, cleaning my soul"
      Another that I would never have said was a Christmas song. Having listened to the lyrics there was a mention of angels near the start but that's about it. It's probably included because it was released in November of 1984, went right to the top of the charts and just missed out on Christmas number one that year being beaten by the original Band Aid song. Apparently that was a very angst-ridden year for Christmas music! Whislt a good song, not an incredibly Christmassy song for me (though I was born in 1986 after the hype)

      19 - Coldplay - Christmas Lights - 4:03
      "When you're still waiting for the snow to fall, doesn't really feel like Christmas at all"
      I've never heard this one before and I'm really glad it was included on this compilation as it is a really beautiful song from coldplay. It's quite a sad one, so maybe not everyone's cup of tea. It's also quite upbeat at points so it definitely hits all the right notes for me!

      20 - David bowie and Bing Crosby - Peace on earth/ Little Drummer boy - 2:37
      "I pray my wish will come true, for my child and your child too"
      Another song I'd never heard before. The classic "little drummer boy" (Rup a pum pum!) has been added to by Bowie in this duet between him and Bing Crosby. The song itself is lovely and adds to a great and well known Christmas tune. The only complaint I have about this track is that the balance between Bowie and Bing's voices isn't equal and Bowie is occasionally drowning Bing's melancholy tones out which is a bit of a shame. Other than that though, a brilliant way to end the first disc.

      ===Disc One: The Verdict===

      Twenty songs of which only one I didn't like. That, right there, is a Christmas miracle in itself! A brilliant compilation of classic and well known (mostly) Christmas songs with a few songs I had completely forgotten about and at least one newer one that I'll be adding to my Christmas play list! A fantastic job from the people at NOW. Lets move on to disc two!

      ===Disc Two - A Cracking Collection===

      Having a look at the track listings here I was surprised, I had thought they'd have made the rest of the songs terrible modern ones. The surprise was pleasant seeing names like Doris Day and Frank Sinatra in there! Get in! Time to have a listen!

      1 - Elvis - Blue Christmas - 2:06
      "I'll be so blue just thinking about you"
      Elvis has never been one of my favourite aritists but I have to admit this track definitely sets up a nice chilled out (and a little sad) mood for you to be doing your Christmas bits and bobs to. A decent start!

      2 - Bing Crosby - White Chirstmas - 3:07
      "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know"
      From white to blue, Crosby's deep tones instantly bring a warm glow to any face. Everyone will have heard this version of the song (the best one, obviously) and if it doesn't warm your heart then you may, in fact, be the Grinch.

      3 - Andy Williams - It's the most wonderful time of the year - 2:46
      "There'll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near!"
      Soooooo cheesy! Cheese at Christmas, however, is fantastic. A great tune that everyone will recognise and be able to sing along with at least the chorus. It's incredibly upbeat with a big band tooting away through the background. Nice indeed.

      4 - Dean Martin - Let it Snow - 1:56
      "The weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful"
      A disappointingly short song, but still a heartwarming Christmas classic that everyone will know almost all the words for. You need it in your collection, it's just a pity it's not a little bit longer!

      5 - Nat King Cole - The Chirstmas Song - 3:11
      "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your nose"
      A song I have a bit of a history with. My dad taped over one of my favourite videos as a child with a performance of this song. So part of me wants to hate it... but it's almost impossible. It's a beautiful song sung by a brilliant performer and another that everyone will know.

      6 - Doris Day - Winter Wonderland - 2:57
      "sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening"
      I thought for a moment this was a song I'd never heard, but it's not. While it's a beautiful song and a lovely performance from Doris Day, I have to complain a little that it has been slowed right down to the point where it feels a little uncomfortable. Not my favourite version of this song at all which is a shame. Had it been a little faster, then I'd have had no issues with it.

      7 - Frank Sinatra - Have yourself a merry little Christmas - 3:29
      "From now on our troubles will be out of sight"
      Possibly one of the saddest and most beautiful Christmas songs I know. Almost always brining a tear to my eye, Sinatra really hits this one right on the head. A great one to add to your collection but you might not want it if you don't want any of the sadder songs. Allan can't stand this one as it depresses him.

      8 - The Crystals - Santa Claus is Coming to Town - 3:28
      "you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why"
      This is a brilliantly upbeat song but it's quite clear from the sound levels that it's a very old recording. Still a great song and nice addition but the sound levels really could have been a bit better as the voices are drowning a little in the music.

      9 - The Ronnettes - Sleigh Ride - 3:06
      "It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together"
      I've actually been searching for this version of the song for EVER. I don't know why but I've never been able to find it before so I'm really chuffed that it's on here! A fantastic, fun and upbeat song that everyone will know!

      10 - Brenda Lee - Rockin around the Christmas tree - 2:03
      "you will get a sentimental feeling when you hear voices singing "lets be jolly..." "
      Another of my top five favourite Christmas songs of all time. Probably something to do with the incredibly sexy saxophone in the song. Possibly something to do with being on Home Alone too. A great song to have a little wiggle to and mostly everyone will know it.

      11 - The Jackson 5 - Frosty the Snowman - 2:37
      "Frosty the snowman is a fairytale they say, he was made of snow but the kids all know how he came to life one day"
      I can't stand the Jackson 5 at the best of times and it's no different here. They really kill this song from start to finish for me. Not a version I enjoyed at all so I shant be listening to this one again!

      12 - Alma Cogan - Never do a tango with an Eskimo - 2:10
      "when a lady from Nebraska's at a party in Alaska she must never do a tango with an Eskimo"
      Wow. I've never heard this one before and it's absolutely ridiculous. I'm tempted to say borderline racist but I feel that would be over exaggerating. It's actually quite a fun but incredibly silly song about getting cold if you tango with an Eskimo. Not incredibly Christmassy so a thumbs halfway down for me.

      13 - Kylie - Santa Baby - 3:22
      "Been an awfully good girl santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight"
      We're back in the top five Christmas songs of all time again, just not this version. Not to say that it's not a great attempt at it of course, just that there are better versions out there that are a little more spectacular. Still a good shot at it and a brilliant song for Christmas!

      14 - The Ronnettes - I saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus - 2:42
      "She didn't see me creep down the stairs to have a peep"
      A song that brought me to shame when at the age of 23 I realised that mummy was actually kissing daddy in a Santa clause outfit. For 23 whole years I thought mummy was just being a bit of a tart and cheating on daddy. Brilliant! A great version of a really good song for your Christmas playlist.

      15 - The Crystals - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - 2:42
      "All of the other reindeers used to laugh and call him names"
      The sound levels are a little out on this track again with the voices being drowned in the music which is a shame as it's a really great version of this song that everyone knows. Probably won't be adding this version to my playlist due to the sound levels though.

      16 - The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick - 1:59
      "Christmas comes this time each year"
      This is possibly the weirdest Christmas song on the planet. It's like Christmas goes surfing... and the surfing wins out over the Christmas feel I think. A lot of people will know this one and personally I think it just feels like a really lazy song. Not my favourite but some people will love it. It is, thankfully, a very short track

      17 - Adam Faith - Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop - 1:47
      "Mr Santa if you would, send him someone oh so good"
      I've never heard this one before, it's very cheesey but not really in a way I can get with. Kids will probably quite like it though but there's probably a reason I've never heard this. It's almost elevator music from the 60's.

      18 - Dean Martin - Baby it's cold outside - 2:24
      "Put some records on while I pour, Baby it's bad out there"
      Another one of my favourite Christmas songs, though I have to admit, I much prefer the Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews cover but this one is still great to listen to and not nearly as filthy as the Tom Jones ones seems. If it's not in your collection, then add it now!

      19 - Jim Reeves - Silver Bells - 2:57
      "In the air there's a feeling of Christmas"
      Not one that I've heard before today though this time it's not a terrible one. Very old fashioned and very relaxed and a probably a good one to be playing before the kids go to bed to calm them down a bit. Very nice indeed

      20 - Burl Ives - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - 4:07
      "O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie"
      Another incredibly calm song, I know I know it, but I can't seem to remember much about it. Burl Ives almost talks throughout, very gently putting a touch of a sing-song to his voice. I'd probably happily fall asleep listening to this one with a smile on my face. Another great one for creating a calmer atmosphere to ready the kids for staying awake in bed all night!

      21 - Nat King Cole - The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot - 2:35
      "It broke his little heart when he found Santa hadn't come"
      A terribly heart breaking song about a little boy who doesn't have a daddy and didn't get any Christmas presents. I've never heard this one before and I'm almost glad because really it's traumatising. Not a very nice Christmas Song at all. Definitely doesn't put me in a jolly mind set. It's not a bad song, but one I'd probably not want my kids to be singing along to (if I had any!)

      22 - Frank Sinatra - I'll be Home for Christmas - 3:13
      "Christmas Eve will find me where the love light gleams"
      A beautiful song continuing along the incredibly calm route. Frank Sinatra kicks the ass off of it as usual and I can happily say that I'd listen to this one, even if it is a little sad. A nice way to finish of disc two!

      ===DISC TWO: The Verdict ===

      Disc two wasn't as amazing as I had originally thought it was going to be, however there were still a lot of beautiful songs sung by some brilliant warblers throughout. Only one song that I didn't really like that much (the cheesy one about a pup in a Christmas shop) so overall disc two gets a massive thumbs up!

      ===Disc Three - More Amazing Music===

      Having a look at the listings this disc is where they have put the more recent stuff. Im excited by some of the names but also slightly disappointed that certain songs don't seem to have made the cut. We'll see what it sounds like though!

      1 - Johnny Mathis - When a Child Is Born - 3:42
      "A ray of hope flickers in the sky, a tiny star lights up way up high"
      I had really not liked this song till now. The only version I had heard before had been the cover that Cliff Richard had done and it is terrible. Johnny Mathis apparently was the most successful person to cover the song in 1976. A lovely performance here and well worth having.

      2 - Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling - 4:04
      "Over a village he halted his craft and it hung in the sky like a star"
      A fantastic song from De Burgh full of atmosphere and chilling vocals. Absolutely beautiful. Not only that but it looks at the story of Jesus's birth from a completely different and bizarre angle which I find really interesting. You'll recognise the chorus if nothing else. If you haven't listened to it, go and do it right now.

      3 - Il Divo - O holy Night - 3:57
      "Fall on your knees! Oh hear the angel voices"
      Il Divo were never my favourite group but their talents are perfectly suited to songs like this and they do a fantastic job of it. They build the song up brilliantly and hit all the right notes. This probably wont be for everyone due to its operatic nature, but I'm definitely a fan of this version.

      4 - Sinead O'Connor - Silent Night - 3:40
      "Silent night, Holy night, All is calm, All is bright"
      Possibly one of the eeriest versions of this song I've ever heard. O'connor almost whispers this song giving it a very exhausted and frightened feel to it. Not that that's a bad thing, but it really is a bit creepy. Despite that, it's also a very calm song and could have its uses in calming kids down.

      5 - Bert Jansch - In the Bleak Midwinter - 2:23
      "If I were a shepherd I would give a lamb"
      I'm not really sure I like this one. It would probably be a really nice song if someone else sang it but Jansch's voice just grates on me a little bit. The music at the back of him is really nice and the song could definitely be a winner.... just not with his drone of a voice.

      6- Steeleye Span - Gaudete - 2:25
      I'm not going to quote this one as it's all in Medieval Latin. It's almost a carol but verging onto a chant. I can just imagine going into a monastery and hearing this echoing about the place. Very well sung by the performers but not one that I can really get into due to not knowing what it's going on about. Apparently it's all about the birth of Christ and all that jazz. An interesting track at the very least!

      7 - Mike Oldfield - In Dulce Jubilo - 2:51
      You'll recognise this one. There are no words, it's entirely instrumental, all of it being played by Oldfield and layered over eachother with some techno wizardry. It's apparently an instrumental version of a carol called "Good Christian Men Rejoyce" and is a lovely upbeat musically sound piece.

      8 - Cliff Richard - Saviours Day - 4:52
      "Now we have been through the harvest, winter has truly begun"
      4:52 too long. I really don't like Cliff Richard's voice though so some people may enjoy this incredibly cheese filled song about nothing in particular. Urgh.

      9 - Aled Jones - Walking in the Air - 3:25
      "Children gaze open mouthed, taken by surprise, no body down below can believe their eyes"
      Everyone knows this little ditty with a brilliant edge to it with Aled Jones's boyish Treble tones. A song I loved ever since having to sing it in the choir at primary school and one that everyone should have in their collection. Now if they included the version that irn-bru done too, that would make my day.

      10 - David Essex - A Winters Tale - 4:13
      "The snow has covered all your footsteps and I can follow you no more"
      A lovely song that I could imagine someone else covering a bit better than Mr Essex has done. I've never heard it before, mind, just that his voice is a little too rough for the song. Still a nice tune though!

      11 - East 17 - Stay Another Day - 4:27
      "Baby if you've got to go away don't think I could take the pain, won't you stay another day?"
      This song always makes me laugh out loud when I hear it. It's so terrible and awful that it's sheer brilliance. 90's boybands at their best, making all the little girlies swoon and all the boys think they could sing. The song itself doesn't really have anything to do with Christmas other than the fact that's when it was let out and it's got a bit of a choir and some bells in the back near the end. Still a nice addition to the album.

      12 - George Michael - December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) - 3:35
      "I guess that moment I decided that the world would have to wait"
      I'm not a huge fan of this one. I quite like George, but this song is just a little dull and reeks of an attempt for royalties forever more. It falls short of being brilliant, though there are some good lines in it. Not one I'd play over and over.

      13 - Lady Antibellum - All I Want for Christmas is You - 3:40
      "I just want you for my own, more than you could ever know"
      I was very interested to hear this version since it's one of my favourite Christmas songs done by a band that I quite like. I would have to say that I still prefer the original by Mariah Carey. Lady Antibellum have slowed the song down a touch too much for my liking. They do sing it incredibly well, but it doesn't have the same upbeat heartwarming kick that the original does. Still a thumbs up, just not as high as the original.

      14- Mick Hucknall - Happy this Christmas - 3:05
      "Now Christmas is here, tell me the things you remember"
      This little ginger songster has thrown a semi decent Christmas song together here, though probably not one that will last through the decades. It's not overtly Christmas and is a little bit of a strange sounding song. I'll give it a half thumbs up though.

      15 - Jethro Tull - Ring Out, Solstice Bells - 3:44
      "Winter is the glad song that you hear"
      A really awesome upbeat number here. It's not a song that shouts "Christmas" at you straight away or punches you in the face with happy elves. It is, however, a very catchy tune and got me tapping my toe to it even though I'd never heard it at all. Near the end of the song it does whip out the Christmas bells which round it off very nicely.

      16 - The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping - 5:21
      "Merry christmas, merry Christmas but I think I'll skip this one this year"
      Opening with a bit of an awesome guitar rif this is one of the funkiest Christmas songs around. The terrible singing throughout is completely ignorable if you listen to the brilliant story of a single woman desperate to just skip the festivities only to be sucked in and meeting the guy of her dreams. Got some brilliant sax and a chorus everyone recognises

      17 - Band Aid 20 - Do they Know it's Christmas - 5:08
      "At Christmas time we let in light and banish hate"
      Coldplay, travis, U2, Keane, Moloko, Ms Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal all got together with a lot more of their friends to reboot the original Band Aid song and raise a bit more money, Dizzee being the only one to add some new lines to the song. I hate to say it, but the quality of this song is much better than the original. The singers can actually sing and the music is played much better. Even with a little bit of rap in it, it kicks the originals butt.

      18- The Weavers - We Wish you a Merry Christmas - 2:27
      "We want some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer"
      Going from a very well put together song to a horrendously clunky version of a carol we all know. It's almost like they got the local church to record this. Not the best version out there by far.

      19 - The Spinners - The Twelve Days of Christmas - 3:52
      "... And a partridge in a pair tree"
      Another terrible quality recording of what sounds like a bunch of granddads on guitar leading a crowd singing this incredibly repetitive song. Possibly a good one for the kiddies to sing along with but it will probably drive anyone above the age of three absolutely insane. They get some of the words wrong and make some terrible sounds when singing "geese a laying"

      20 - Andy Stewart - Auld Lang Syne - 3:19
      "We'll tak' A cup o kindness yet"
      Stewart warbles away with his mild Scottish tones with some grating mouth organ whining through the back to this song that isn't a Christmas song at all. It's a new years song. Why not make a new years compilation and stick it on there? Grumble. Thumbs down

      21- Abba - Happy New Year - 4:24
      "Happy new year, Happy new year"
      Again, Not a Christmas song. Yes, it's close... but it's a completely separate occasion. My birthday is on the 27th. Should they have included Stevie wonder singing happy birthday? Hell, it was the Baby j's birthday too. But no. SEPARATE OCCASIONS. Jesus. At least it's not auld lang syne I guess!

      ===DISK THREE- The Verdict===

      Without a doubt the worst of the three discs, but still has some brilliant songs included on it that you may wish to add to your collection. I'd not have ended with new year songs tacked on; there are plenty other songs that could have been used but weren't. Overall still an ok disc despite it's downfalls.

      ===The Track Listings in short===

      ===Disc One===

      1 - John an Yoko - Happy Christmas (War is over) - 3:35
      2 - The Pogues - Fairy tale of New York - 4:30
      3 - Wham - Last Christmas - 4:27
      4 - Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas every day - 4:40
      5 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody - 3:44
      6 - Chris Rea - Driving home for Christmas - 4:01
      7 - Band Aid - Do they know it's Christmas? - 3:43
      8 - Greg Lake - I believe in father Christmas - 3:30
      9 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and wine - 3:53
      10 - Mud - Lonely this Christmas - 3:33
      11 - Boney M - Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord - 4:04
      12 - Jona Lewie - Stop the Calvalry - 2:56
      13 - Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone - 3:41
      14 - Elton John - Step into Christmas - 4:11
      15 - Girls Aloud - Not Tonight Santa - 2:44
      16 - Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time - 3:46
      17 - Pretenders - 2000 Miles - 3:40
      18 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood - The Power of Love - 5:28
      19 - Coldplay - Christmas Lights - 4:03
      20 - David bowie and Bing Crosby - Peace on earth/ Little Drummer boy - 2:37

      ===Disc Two===

      1 - Elvis - Blue Christmas - 2:06
      2 - Bing Crosby - White Chirstmas - 3:07
      3 - Andy Williams - It's the most wonderful time of the year - 2:46
      4 - Dean Martin - Let it Snow - 1:56
      5 - Nat King Cole - The Chirstmas Song - 3:11
      6 - Doris Day - Winter Wonderland - 2:57
      7 - Frank Sinatra - Have yourself a merry little Christmas - 3:29
      8 - The Crystals - Santa Claus is Coming to Town - 3:28
      9 - The Ronnettes - Sleigh Ride - 3:06
      10 - Brenda Lee - Rockin around the Christmas tree - 2:03
      11 - The Jackson 5 - Frosty the Snowman - 2:37
      12 - Alma Cogan - Never do a tango with an Eskimo - 2:10
      13 - Kylie - Santa Baby - 3:22
      14 - The Ronnettes - I saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus - 2:42
      15 - The Crystals - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - 2:42
      16 - The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick - 1:59
      17 - Adam Faith - Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop - 1:47
      18 - Dean Martin - Baby it's cold outside - 2:24
      19 - Jim Reeves - Silver Bells - 2:57
      20 - Burl Ives - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - 4:07
      21 - Nat King Cole - The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot - 2:35
      22 - Frank Sinatra - I'll be Home for Christmas - 3:13

      ===Disc Three===

      1 - Johnny Mathis - When a Child Is Born - 3:42
      2 - Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling - 4:04
      3 - Il Divo - O holy Night - 3:57
      4 - Sinead O'Connor - Silent Night - 3:40
      5 - Bert Jansch - In the Bleak Midwinter - 2:23
      6- Steeleye Span - Gaudete - 2:25
      7 - Mike Oldfield - In Dulce Jubilo - 2:51
      8 - Cliff Richard - Saviours Day - 4:52
      9 - Aled Jones - Walking in the Air - 3:25
      10 - David Essex - A Winters Tale - 4:13
      11 - East 17 - Stay Another Day - 4:27
      12 - George Michael - December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) - 3:35
      13 - Lady Antibellum - All I Want for Christmas is You - 3:40
      14- Mick Hucknall - Happy this Christmas - 3:05
      15 - Jethro Tull - Ring Out, Solstice Bells - 3:44
      16 - The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping - 5:21
      17 - Band Aid 20 - Do they Know it's Christmas - 5:08
      18- The Weavers - We Wish you a Merry Christmas - 2:27
      19 - The Spinners - The Twelve Days of Christmas - 3:52
      20 - Andy Stewart - Auld Lang Syne - 3:19
      21- Abba - Happy New Year - 4:24

      ===The Whole Package===

      Individually the discs all perform well. There are literally hours of decent Christmas tunes on here. Personally I'd not really want to pay that much for it as some of the tracks aren't great quality due to being very old recordings. Overall though, if you can find it for the right price, I'd definitely recommend it. It doesn't include some of my absolute favourite songs on it and some of the versions aren't the best, but it's more than made up for with the other tunes on the discs. Definitely a decent compilation from NOW! scoring 4 out of 5, losing a star for the few bad tracks and missing some of my favourite versions.

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        12.12.2012 13:15
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        One of the better variety-giving options out there for festive tunes

        There's always something about cheesy music at Christmas; whether you love it or hate it, you really can't escape it! Strangely enough, I'm a bit of both because it really depends what kind of mood I'm in as to whether I want to hear it at all. None the less, every Christmas I seem to end up making a mix playlist of Christmas music to get me in the festive spirit, both to keep me company writing out cards and wrapping presents, and for the day itself with the family.

        'Now' CDs are very popular, or at least they were back in the day, perhaps slightly less so now. They're renowned for bringing together compilations of much-loved tunes for certain years or occasions, and this year they've released a Christmas mix to rival the competition. If you browse Amazon for inspiration you'll find heaps of Christmas CDs, all claiming to have the best hits on them. It's almost impossible to decide which is best if you're looking to buy just one as they feature different songs; whilst one may have some great tunes it's missing a few of your favourites, but when another has your favourites it offers very little else. Now Christmas does quite well in bringing a good variety to the box set, and whilst I'd say it's one of the more extensive and varied options out there, it still misses a couple I would have liked to see to have made it the best.

        This comprises of 3 CDs with 63 songs in total : 20 on the first CD, 22 on the second and 21 on the third. It claims to be 'packed full of festive anthems', making it the 'ultimate accompaniment to Christmas Day sat around the tree'. It also features some tunes that haven't previously been featured on a Now album, such as 'Last Christmas' by Wham. Whilst the three CDs aren't actually defined with a set genre / theme, there is some kind of rough category to be seen through each. Also, whilst most are well-known or old/new takes on traditionally 'Christmas' songs, not all are, but are rather associated with xmas and are often heard at this time of the year (ie. 2000 Miles, which I wouldn't really say is traditional or exclusively Christmas).

        The first CD features a mix of what you'd probably class as 70s/80s golden favourites, with one or two exceptions. Tracks like Mistletoe and Wine by Cliff Richard, Mary's Boy Child by Boney M, Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade and Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby & David Bowie. We skip out the overly traditional and head in to chart hits of the earlier days that are still remembered now, so of course there are also the festive favourites of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York, John Lennon & Yoko - Happy Xmas (War Is Over), and Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?. The tempo is mixed but still quite upbeat without too much in the way of the slower tempo, more depressing melodies. What I found strange amongst this mix was track 15, Not Tonight Santa, by Girls Aloud. I didn't even recall this song before so I wouldn't say it's a popular hit but having them in the middle of so many of the more renowned older artists/hits seems wrong somehow.

        CD 2 seems to jump back a bit earlier to more of the 'Golden Oldies' of the 50s/60s, so it's quite cheesy in parts but also very recognisable. Tracks by Bing Crosby (White Christmas), Doris Day (Winter Wonderland), Elvis Presley (Blue Christmas), Frank Sinatra (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas) and Frank Sinatra (I'll Be Home For Christmas) give this a classic A-List vibe with big names in music history. They're also, like I've already said, still very recognisable and traditional in their own sense because they're frequently played at Christmas. Then we get more upbeat, lively tracks, such as 'Frosty The Snowman' by Jackson 5, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' by Brenda Lee and Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! By Dean Martin, mixing the tempo up a bit. Another slightly odd inclusion here is probably that by Kylie Minogue (Santa Baby), even though I quite like that track, but it gives the CD a little more variety.

        Disc 3 brings us on to more of a diverse mix of tracks from different time frames and tempos. I'll admit that there were some names and songs I didn't recognise, but there were also some interesting ones that I was pleased to discover. For those that want a more eclectic mix, you should find something here, including Il Divo (O Holy Night), Sinead O'Connor's haunting version of Silent Night, Cliff Richard (uh-oh, 'Saviour's Day' just had to get in there!), East 17 (Stay Another Day), Aled Jones (guess which one?), Band Aid 20 and a little bit of Abba (Happy New Year). I'm not too keen on a lot on the third CD but as I said, it's nice to have a bit of a change and get introduced to a few new things too.

        For those that want a run down, here are the track listings (sorry it's so long, but here's the evidence there are plenty of tunes!) :

        Disc 1
        1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir
        2. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl
        3. Last Christmas - Wham!
        4. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
        5. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
        6. Driving Home For Christmas -Chris Rea
        7. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
        8. I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake
        9. Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard
        10. Lonely This Christmas - Mud
        11. Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord - Boney M
        12. Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
        13. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
        14. Step Into Christmas - Elton John
        15. Not Tonight Santa - Girls Aloud
        16. Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
        17. 2000 Miles - Pretenders
        18. The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
        19. Christmas Lights - Coldplay
        20. Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie

        Disc 2
        1. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
        2. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
        3. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams
        4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
        5. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole Trio
        6. Winter Wonderland - Doris Day
        7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
        8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Crystals
        9. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
        10. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
        11. Frosty The Snowman - The Jackson 5
        12. Never Do a Tango With An Eskimo - Alma Cogan
        13. Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue
        14. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes
        15. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals
        16. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys
        17. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) - Adam Faith
        18. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin
        19. Silver Bells - Jim Reeves
        20. O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Burl Ives
        21. The Little Town That Santa Claus Forgot - Nat King Cole
        22. I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) - Frank Sinatra

        Disc 3
        1. When A Child Is Born - Johnny Mathis
        2. A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris De Burgh
        3. O Holy Night - Il Divo
        4. Silent Night - Sinead O'Connor
        5. In The Bleak Mid Winter - Bert Jansch
        6. Gaudete - Steeleye Span
        7. In Dulci Jubilo - Mike Oldfield
        8. Saviour's Day - Cliff Richard
        9. Walking In The Air - Aled Jones
        10. A Winter's Tale - David Essex
        11. Stay Another Day - East 17
        12. December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas) -George Michael
        13. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Lady Antebellum
        14. Happy This Christmas - Mick Hucknall
        15. Ring Out Solstice Bells - Jethro Tull
        16. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
        17. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 20
        18. We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Weavers
        19. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - The Spinners
        20. Auld Lang Syne - Andy Stewart
        21. Happy New Year - Abba



        I would probably say overall that this CD set gives enough that there should be something for everybody, and the mix means that it won't be boring because it doesn't stay at one tempo, or one time frame or one atmosphere throughout. There are so many versions of 'classics' that it's hard to know which to pick and it's obviously down to personal preference, but at least with this CD there's a variety of older and newer takes on tracks.

        What's missing? I would say anything too childish or gimmicky, so if you're wanting something the kids can enjoy and they're expecting some Bob The Builder then they may be disappointed. There isn't much in the way of new tracks either; newer artists featured tend to do covers of more traditional or well-known pieces. I was actually saddened to find Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas' wasn't featured, but you can't have everything!

        For the money, I would argue that this is fairly good value because you're getting three CDs packed with tracks and there's not much in the way of filler (ie songs never before heard of). You could spend more on a single CD of the 'best hits' and not get as much variety, or buy a couple of CDs and spend three times as much just to get the songs / styles you want.

        Would I recommend? It's a great starting point for Christmas song inspiration if you're wanting to create a playlist of your own in a mix-and-match fashion, but it's also one I'd actually give a thumbs up to for purchasing at Christmas in comparison to other similar CDs/collections. There's a good enough that there should be something for everyone, enough tracks that you won't have to replay one CD over and over again, there are some good versions of songs you may not have come across before and it's not badly priced either.

        CD Box Set released 2012
        Selling on Amazon for £10.99 (box set)
        [Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]

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          06.12.2012 16:48
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          As if the weather in England isn't cold enough, myself and my husband are surprising our girls on Christmas Day with a holiday to Lapland for a week on Boxing Day. Thoroughly excited but nervous about how to entertain the children once out of the snow, I set about downloading lots of things from iTunes onto the iPad. Once I was happy that they had a few films to watch when they are in need of thawing out, I thought I would treat myself to some new songs. It's not often I download things for myself and usually get them for the children instead, but I figured it would be lovely to have some Christmas music playing on an evening.

          After scouring iTunes, I quickly realised that quite a high proportion of the Christmas albums available for download are actually rip off songs! Well known and popular Christmas songs, but sung by generic artists and not the actual original song. For some people I would imagine this isn't a problem but for me was a big no no and I soon made my way back to the first album that I had looked which was the 'Now That's What I Call Christmas'. We have all of the Now CD's over recent years as they are full of tracks which my young girls know and on long car journeys they are often a life saver. It's also a nice little tradition to get my girls into as I can remember being a young girl collecting the tapes!

          The thing that I specifically liked about this album is its value. The CD is a 3 disc set, and the downloaded tracks equal 63 songs in total. At only £9.99 to download I find this unbeatable value. The tracks are nearly all well-known Christmas songs and it's nice to be able to sing along to songs that are so well known. There is the odd pretty bad song such as Kylie's 'Santa Baby', sorry Kylie, it's not really up there with The Pogues or Band Aid in terms of classic Christmas songs!

          It is nice to hear some songs though that although are popular Christmas ones, always seem to be overshadowed by the heavy hitters. For me, Greg Lakes 'I believe in Christmas' and Chris De Burgh's 'A Spaceman Came Travelling' are just as good as the more popular ones which seem to incessantly hit us in ever shop, TV channel, advert etc. (not blaming you Mud, it's not your fault!). The discs do seem to have a bit of a theme going on, although if you download the album you perhaps wouldn't notice this so much, but on the first disc there seems to be a lot of the 80's Christmas songs such as Slade, Band Aid and John Lennon. CD 2 seems to offer a more classic 'crooners' CD (cringing at that word - couldn't think of any other way to describe it, sorry!) with the likes of Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Andy Williams at the beginning swiftly turning into later songs on disc 3 to Il Divo, East 17 and Band Aid 20. My favourite set of songs seem to be on disc 1 with my least favourite on disc 3 and to be honest this is probably intentional. The makers aren't going to put their best songs on the last few tracks of disc 3. As a whole the album is really good mix of new and old. I could happily listen to these songs on random play and be happily singing to East 17 one minute and The Pogues the next! There is the odd 'skip me' track but these are few and far between making it a really good value Christmas album.

          One major plus for me is, although this album will only really get played once a year for about a month, the songs don't really age so this album will last me many years to come, and will possibly only need to be added to with the odd single song downloaded (although I can't remember the last time a Christmas song was released and was any good). Also, if you download the album rather than buy the CD, it won't scratch! I had to throw last year's Christmas album away as it was really scratched!

          I don't normally like listing all the specifics in a review (such as ingredients lol), but think for a CD it's important to know what you would get for your money (my ideal Christmas songs may be your worst nightmare!), so I have included the song list of all 3 CD's below (feel free to skip this if of no interest, I won't be offended!).

          CD 1

          1 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir
          2 Fairytale Of New York The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
          3 Last Christmas Wham!
          4 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Wizzard
          5 Merry Xmas Everybody Slade
          6 Driving Home For Christmas Chris Rea
          7 Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid
          8 I Believe In Father Christmas Greg Lake
          9 Mistletoe And Wine Cliff Richard
          10 Lonely This Christmas Mud
          11 Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord Boney M
          12 Stop The Cavalry Jona Lewie
          13 Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin' Stevens
          14 Step Into Christmas Elton John
          15 Not Tonight Santa Girls Aloud
          16 Wonderful Christmas Time Paul McCartney
          17 2000 Miles Pretenders
          18 The Power Of Love Frankie Goes To Hollywood
          19 Christmas Lights Coldplay
          20 Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy Bing Crosby & David Bowie

          CD 2

          21 Blue Christmas Elvis Presley
          22 White Christmas Bing Crosby
          23 It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Andy Williams
          24 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Dean Martin
          25 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) Nat King Cole Trio
          26 Winter Wonderland Doris Day
          27 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra
          28 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Crystals
          29 Sleigh Ride The Ronettes
          30 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
          31Frosty The Snowman The Jackson 5
          32 Never Do a Tango With An Eskimo Alma Cogan
          33 Santa Baby Kylie Minogue
          34 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus The Ronettes
          35 Rudolph The Red The Crystals
          36 Little Saint Nick The Beach Boys
          37 Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) Adam Faith
          38 Baby, It's Cold Outside Dean Martin
          39 Silver Bells Jim Reeves
          40 O Little Town of Bethlehem Burl Ives
          41 The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot Nat King Cole
          42 I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dream) Frank Sinatra

          CD 3

          43 When A Child Is Born Johnny Mathis
          44 A Spaceman Came Travelling Chris De Burgh
          45 O Holy Night Il Divo
          46 Silent Night Sinéad O'Connor
          47 In The Bleak Mid Winter Bert Jansch
          48 Gaudete Steeleye Span
          49 In Dulci Jubilo Mike Oldfield
          50 Saviour's Day Cliff Richard
          51 Walking In The Air Aled Jones
          52 A Winter's Tale David Essex
          53 Stay Another Day East 17
          54 December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas) George Michael
          55 All I Want For Christmas Is You Lady Antebellum
          56 Happy This Christmas Mick Hucknall
          57 Ring Out Solstice Bells Jethro Tull
          58 Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses
          59 Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 20
          60 We Wish You A Merry Christmas The Weavers
          61 The Twelve Days Of Christmas The Spinners
          62 Auld Lang Syne Andy Stewart
          63 Happy New Year Abba

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
          2 The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York
          3 Wham! - Last Christmas
          4 Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
          5 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
          6 Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
          7 Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
          8 Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
          9 Cliff Richard - Mistletoe And Wine
          10 Mud - Lonely This Christmas
          11 Boney M - Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord
          12 Jona Lewie ? Stop The Cavalry
          13 Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
          14 Elton John - Step Into Christmas
          15 Girls Aloud - Not Tonight Santa
          16 Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time
          17 Pretenders - 2000 Miles
          18 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love
          19 Coldplay - Christmas Lights
          20 Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

          Disc #2 Tracklisting
          1 Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
          2 Bing Crosby - White Christmas
          3 Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
          4 Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
          5 Nat King Cole Trio - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
          6 Doris Day - Winter Wonderland
          7 Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
          8 The Crystals - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
          9 The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride
          10 Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
          11 The Jackson 5 - Frosty The Snowman
          12 Alma Cogan - Never Do a Tango With An Eskimo
          13 Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby
          14 The Ronettes - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
          15 The Crystals - Rudolph The Red
          16 The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
          17 Adam Faith - Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop)
          18 Dean Martin - Baby, It's Cold Outside
          19 Jim Reeves - Silver Bells
          20 Burl Ives - O Little Town of Bethlehem
          21 Nat King Cole - The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
          22 Frank Sinatra - I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)

          Disc #3 Tracklisting
          1 Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born
          2 Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling
          3 Il Divo - O Holy Night
          4 Sinéad O'Connor - Silent Night
          5 Bert Jansch - In The Bleak Mid Winter
          6 Steeleye Span - Gaudete
          7 Mike Oldfield - In Dulci Jubilo
          8 Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
          9 Aled Jones - Walking In The Air
          10 David Essex - A Winter's Tale
          11 East 17 - Stay Another Day
          12 George Michael - December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)
          13 Lady Antebellum ? All I Want For Christmas Is You
          14 Mick Hucknall - Happy This Christmas
          15 Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells
          16 The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
          17 Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It's Christmas?
          18 The Weavers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
          19 The Spinners - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
          20 Andy Stewart - Auld Lang Syne
          21 Abba - Happy New Yea