Christmas isn’t Christmas without great tunes. Unfortunately, the tracks on offer can get a bit bland. Here are five good options on Apple Music if you want to get festive this season. No Michael Bublé or Robbie Williams in sight.
A very Too Many Zoos Xmas, Vol 1 – Too Many Zooz
Festive cheer with Too Many Zooz’s brass-based swagger. Perfect for getting people dancing around to Jingle Bells.
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Getting this record spinning first thing on Christmas morning is as close as my family gets to a tradition. Apple Music mightn’t have the crackle of a vinyl, but that doesn’t distract from Bing’s smooth voice. Perfect for traditionalists.
Sleigh Ride / Fireside – The Gregory Brothers
Turns out the people best known for Songify the News and the Bed Intruder song have fantastic voices. This is good mix of traditional favourites (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) and lesser-known tracks (“Christmas in Prison”), delivered with a wink and a bit of jazz. Perfect for people who want the traditional with a dash of meme.
This Christmas Aretha – Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has one of the best voices of all time. You need a bit of gospel and R&B on Christmas Day and there’s no better way to get it.
Christmas Songs – Bad Religion
No-one I’ll be spending Christmas with will let me play a punk rock Christmas album, so I have to share it with you instead.
This goes to A Very Special Christmas because it features a Christmas song from Run-DMC. What more do you want?