The 100 best Christmas songs of all time


Erasure, Bells of Love (Isabelle’s of Love) (2013) – With lyrics that include the line “I don’t believe in your religion/ I only know what I can see”, Bells of Love – from Erasure’s minimalist, determinedly secular 2013 Christmas album Snow Globe – offers an unusual, synth-pop take on a seasonal song. According to Erasure’s Vince Clarke, the track was his response to John Lennon’s Imagine. When asked about the inspiration behind the song, the keyboardist said: “Although I don’t really like John Lennon’s music, I was thinking of his signature tracks like Imagine. That is a brilliant song.” Rebecca Hawkes



Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler, Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing) (2011) – Ash frontman Wheeler and his folk-singer girlfriend Emmy the Great teamed up in 2011 for one of the finest albums of Christmas emmy-the-great-tim_2764232koriginals in recent memory. Firstly, because no one makes them anymore, secondly because both looked brilliant in snug Christmaswear on the album’s cover – but also because the album featured songs like this. Shot through with Wheeler’s coruscating melodies, Christmas Day finds the pair “dreaming of the breakers” amid warming ooo-aah harmonies and power-pop bounce. James Lachno


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