Burning Questions: What are your favourite Christmas pop songs and the festive tunes you hate?

This Is Local London: Do you enjoy hearing Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody over and over again year after year? Do you enjoy hearing Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody over and over again year after year?

THREE weeks until the big day means it’s impossible to go anywhere without being ‘treated’ to Christmas pop music.

Of course we’re all used to it by now, with our ears having faced regular assault from festive tunes since about mid-October.

Today we’re asking you to name the Christmas pop hits which you actually love to hear each year. Which ones get you right in the mood for Christmas and don’t get on your nerves no matter how many times you hear them? Are you a fan of Slade or Wizzard? Do you long for a bit of Cliff, or does Mariah do it for you? Is there any song that’s better than Fairytale of New York?

We also want you to shame the songs that you can’t stand hearing. Which ones make you stick your fingers in your ears or make you want to stamp on whatever radio or CD player they’re coming out of? Are there any that actually make you feel less festive when you listen to them?

Finally, are you someone who used to enjoy the race for Christmas number one every year and do you think TV talent shows have spoilt it? What are you hoping gets the top spot this year?

Add your comments below.

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9:26am Wed 4 Dec 13

shanx2002 says...

My Favourite Christmas Songs!
Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
Saint Etienne & Tim Burgess – I Was Born On Christmas Day
Luther Vandross – The Christmas Song
Cliff Richard – 21st Century Christmas
Andy Abraham & Michael Underwood – December Brings Me Back To You
Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Spice Girls – Christmas ‘rappin
Bette Midler – Somewhere In My Memory
Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again
Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day
Dina Carroll – The Perfect Year
Billie Piper – Last Christmas
Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Christmas Song
Carrie Underwood – Do You Hear What I Hear?
Kurtis Blow – Christmas ‘Rappin
Andy Williams – Happy Holidays
Wings – Mull of Kintyre
David Essex – A Winter's Tale
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love
Steeleye Span – Gaudete
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
John Williams – Christmas Star
Gloria Estefan – This Christmas
Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
Darlene Love – All Alone At Christmas
Band Aid ll – Do They Know It's Christmas 2
John Williams – Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Chuck Berry – Run Run Rudolph
Charles Brown – Please Come Home for Christmas
Leroy Anderson – Sleigh Ride
Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Brook Benton – Merry Christmas All
Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling
Mikey Dread – Reggae Reggae Christmas
Snap – Mary Had a Little Boy
Luther Vandross – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Debbie Gibson – Sleigh Ride
John Williams – Carol of the Bells
Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland
Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas
Cliff Richard – Santa’s List
Elio Pace – What a Day!
Brook Benton – Christmas Makes the Town
Bing Crosby & Carol Richards – Silver Bells
Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas Baby
Jethro Tull – Ring Out the Solstice Bells
Yolanda Adams – What Child is This?
Brook Benton – This Time of Year
Jack Jones – Mistletoe & Holly
Connie Francis - I'll Be Home For Christmas
Paul McCartney – Pipes Of Peace
Fallen Millie – Want To Be
Paul Simon – Getting Ready for Christmas Day
Los Del Rio – Christmas Macarena
My Favourite Christmas Songs! Donny Hathaway – This Christmas Saint Etienne & Tim Burgess – I Was Born On Christmas Day Luther Vandross – The Christmas Song Cliff Richard – 21st Century Christmas Andy Abraham & Michael Underwood – December Brings Me Back To You Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick Spice Girls – Christmas ‘rappin Bette Midler – Somewhere In My Memory Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day Dina Carroll – The Perfect Year Billie Piper – Last Christmas Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Christmas Song Carrie Underwood – Do You Hear What I Hear? Kurtis Blow – Christmas ‘Rappin Andy Williams – Happy Holidays Wings – Mull of Kintyre David Essex – A Winter's Tale Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love Steeleye Span – Gaudete Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town John Williams – Christmas Star Gloria Estefan – This Christmas Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock Darlene Love – All Alone At Christmas Band Aid ll – Do They Know It's Christmas 2 John Williams – Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas Chuck Berry – Run Run Rudolph Charles Brown – Please Come Home for Christmas Leroy Anderson – Sleigh Ride Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Brook Benton – Merry Christmas All Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling Mikey Dread – Reggae Reggae Christmas Snap – Mary Had a Little Boy Luther Vandross – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Debbie Gibson – Sleigh Ride John Williams – Carol of the Bells Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas Cliff Richard – Santa’s List Elio Pace – What a Day! Brook Benton – Christmas Makes the Town Bing Crosby & Carol Richards – Silver Bells Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas Baby Jethro Tull – Ring Out the Solstice Bells Yolanda Adams – What Child is This? Brook Benton – This Time of Year Jack Jones – Mistletoe & Holly Connie Francis - I'll Be Home For Christmas Paul McCartney – Pipes Of Peace Fallen Millie – Want To Be Paul Simon – Getting Ready for Christmas Day Los Del Rio – Christmas Macarena shanx2002

10:27am Wed 4 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

I hate all of the above.

Not even one Bax Mygraves on the list.
I hate all of the above. Not even one Bax Mygraves on the list. Gypo.Joe

4:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Tonic says...

Favourite songs: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Wizzard and I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake.
Favourite Christmas carol: Joy To The World.
Hate: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Favourite songs: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Wizzard and I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake. Favourite Christmas carol: Joy To The World. Hate: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono Tonic

9:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

joertmclark says...

Favourites:
A spaceman came travelling by Chris de Burgh
Extraordinary Christmas by Glee
Favourites: A spaceman came travelling by Chris de Burgh Extraordinary Christmas by Glee joertmclark

11:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Ho Ho Ho - Kevin Wilson
Ho Ho Ho - Kevin Wilson Gypo.Joe

11:47am Thu 5 Dec 13

goldenbroomboy says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
I hate all of the above. Not even one Bax Mygraves on the list.
I thought that you would have remembered Perry Como's version of "Do You Hear What I Hear", he was even older than Max.

I have always liked Ray Connif's version of "Ring Christmas Bells", for an artist who is usually considered to be naffer than James Last he wrote a superbly dark & exciting arrangement of this well known carol, listen out for the bizarre ending, which AFAIK is an F# minor major 7th with added 11th.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: I hate all of the above. Not even one Bax Mygraves on the list.[/p][/quote]I thought that you would have remembered Perry Como's version of "Do You Hear What I Hear", he was even older than Max. I have always liked Ray Connif's version of "Ring Christmas Bells", for an artist who is usually considered to be naffer than James Last he wrote a superbly dark & exciting arrangement of this well known carol, listen out for the bizarre ending, which AFAIK is an F# minor major 7th with added 11th. goldenbroomboy

1:44am Tue 10 Dec 13

Harold_Monk says...

Phil Spector's Christmas Album every time!
Phil Spector's Christmas Album every time! Harold_Monk

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