The Christmas songs are coming thick and fast on the auld wireless these days but is anyone fed up of the hearing the same old shit year in and year out? I mean how many times must a human be made listen to Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You?
Today I'm providing a public service announcement for the good of the public's ears. Here are five great Christmas tunes that never get any air time. Let's try to set these mistakes right...
5. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Don't we all Gayla, don't we all...
4. S Club 7 - Never Had A Dream Come True
I'm not entirely sure what this has to do with Christmas but the addition of fake snow and fur coats means it definitely qualifies. While we're on the topic of S Club 7, I'm only now realising that it seems Jo was literally the only member of the band who actually sang.
3. East 17 - Stay Another Day
Speaking of songs that have nothing to do with Christmas but for fake snow!
This is definitely the best non-Christmas related Christmas no.1 of all time. And I include Nizlopi, or whatever the hell his name was, in that. The lads from East 17 are coming soon to a college near you.
2. Ultan Sherry - Let The Snowflakes Fall
It's three years now since Ultan Sherry wrote, sang and produced this banging tune in Maynooth University. It's pretty much the only Christmas related song of the last decade that left any kind of lasting impression.
Stick this on the playlist and get out the Christmas plums because Santa will have come!
1. Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling
I'm being very self-indulgent here by putting this at no.1 but it's my favourite Christmas song and it's my Goddamn list so feck the begrudgers!
Having listened to this at least 200 times I still haven't a bulls notion what the idea behind it is. An alien was in the stable and subsequently written out of the story of the nativity? Was it angel that everyone sticks in the top of the crib? Who knows. The only thing we can say for certain is that you'll be humming 'na na na na na na na na' for the rest of the day.