Top 15 Alternative Christmas Songs!

The Coca Cola advert has now been aired on TV which means Christmas is here. So I thought I would create a list of alternative Christmas songs where you can escape from the repeated drones of ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ and ‘Fairytale of New York’. Enjoy.

1. Low – Just Like Christmas

2. She and Him – Sleigh Ride

3. Mew – Snow Brigade

4. Bright Eyes – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

5. Death Cab For Cutie – Baby Please Come Home

6. Hot Hot Heat – Christmas Day In The Sun

7. Glasvegas – A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)

8. Rilo Kiley – Christmas Cake

9. The Wombats – Is This Christmas?

10. Sufjan Stevens – Put The Lights On The Tree

11. The Walkmen – No Christmas While I’m Talking

12. Bright Eyes –Blue Christmas

13. Oasis – Merry Xmas Everybody

14. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas

15. The Killers –¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!

Epic Birthday Playlist

In a few days time I will be celebrating my birthdayso I have created a playlist to pre drink/get ready too, and because I am a nice person I thought  I would share with you this epic playlist.

  1. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  2. The Beatles – Twist and Shout
  3. Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
  4. The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  5. Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days
  6. David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
  7. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army –
  8. Oasis – She’s Electric
  9. The Libertines – Mayday
  10. The Maccabees – About Your Dress
  11. The Cribs – You’re Gonna Loose
  12. The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness
  13. Primal Scream – Rocks
  14. The Vaccines – Norgaard
  15. The Clash – Rock The Casbah
  16. MGMT – Kids
  17. Metronomy – Thing For Me
  18. Kasabian – Underdog
  19. The Prodigy – No Good
  20. Plan B – Stay Too Long (Pendulum Remix)

North vs South

In England there is a divide between the North (northern monkeys) and the South (southern fairies), so I thought I would evaluate this in terms of who has provided the biggest game changers in English music. Despite being a northerner I promise I will do my best not be prejudice.

I will start with the 1960’s, this one shall be easy. The South may have given us successful bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who but let’s face it the North brought The Beatles. I think that is a point to the North.

Now the 1970’s the South produced bands such as David Bowie, The Clash and Led Zeppelin whilst the North gave rise to bands such as Joy Division and… Well I suppose that is a point to the South then.

But all that is about change as from the 1980’s the North upped its game with bands such as: The Smiths, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Fall. While the south gave us: The Cure, Kate Bush and The Police. However, the point has to go to the North, but it was a tight match; who said the 1980’s was poor for music; well it was a little moany and depressing but Thatcher was PM.

In the 1990’s the North produced some excellent standard of music including: James, Happy Mondays, Oasis, The Stone Roses and Pulp. While the south produced some very impressive music from the likes of The Prodigy, Radiohead, Suede, Supergrass and Blur. This is too tight to call and so I am going to have to give a point to each side. In all seriousness I do think the 1990’s was the best decade for music (yes better than the 1960’s) there is much more experimenting and variation within the music that crossed boundaries; and the lyrics really spoke to the youth.

So this is the final decade I will be looking at and the North provided some fresh blood in deed, including: Arctic Monkeys, The Long Blondes, Elbow, Doves and The Cribs. However, The Libertines, Bloc Party and Muse were from the South; but the point is going to go to the North, as it was the South who have clogged our ears with artists such as Coldplay, Lady Sovereign, La Roux, James Blunt and Mumford & Sons.  Well it hasn’t been a great decade has it?

So, the North absolutely thrashed the South with a 4-2 victory, well it was a well deserved victory; we did provide the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Smiths and a little known band named The Beatles.