It’s almost Christmas so we’ve put together an ‘Almost Christmas’ playlist of songs that are *almost* Christmassy.
Tired of pop-punk Xmas covers and sugary original songs full of Yuletide cheer? What you need is a list of tracks (very) tenuously linked to Christmas.
Think of it as the Gin in your stocking surrounded by chocolate coins. But in musical form. You’re welcome.
Not only will you probably be unwrapping a whole host of brand new ‘things’ on Christmas morning but ‘Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t‘, taken from Deja Entendu, is named after a line from Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.
The film is easily one of The Best Ten Festive Films Ever. “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals,” and let’s hope that 2016 brings us a new Brand New album.
There might not have been a mouse stirring the night before Christmas but sleepless evenings were certainly the norm as you impatiently, excitedly and nervously wait for Santa to visit. Creeper‘s ‘Lie Awake‘ isn’t really about that but what’s Christmas without a little bit of magic. (Or good-natured deception.)
Somewhere in the depths of the Offspring nostalgia that this song drags up sits a stocking-load of sleigh bells, the most festive instrument ever created. Close your eyes, ignore everything else and find your inner-Elf.
Little Mix Fridays are very much a thing and this year, for the first time in like 5 years (probably), Christmas Day falls on a Friday. What better way to retain a sense of normality while also eating turkey and pulling crackers then indulging in this weekly tradition.
Do you reckon Tom DeLonge sent Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker a Christmas card this year? We like to hope so. ANYWAY ‘I Miss You‘ features a ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ reference which, as with Brand New, qualifies it for a spot on this list. The Nightmare Before Christmas is also one of the Top Ten Festive Films Ever but not as high as Home Alone 2. Hope that helps.
Did you send many Christmas cards this year? We did. Red cards, blue cards and yellow cards. If you need more of a Yuletide connection than that, this song was inspired by vocalist Ryan Key‘s love of putting up fairy lights and his struggle to get them just right. We think
Not only does QOTSA‘s ‘No One Knows‘ remind us of the very important lesson about keeping presents secret but the video also gives a glimpse into the life of a reindeer. Poor Comet has to star in music videos to earn enough money for tasty, tasty carrots.
The Queen’s Speech would be a lot more fun set to some lovely post-rock. While she’ll probably mention how great it is that The Beatles are now available on Spotify and how excited she is that Rihanna has finally released ‘Anti‘, she’ll also express sorrow that My Chemical Romance still haven’t reunited and Funeral For A Friend are calling it a day. The Queen will also spoil Star Wars: The Force Awakens so probably best to stick to this track from MaybeSheWill.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without some questionable wordplay and swapping ‘You’ for ‘Yule’ is by far our favourite. We almost went for Yule Me At Six but this Paramore track (called ‘Still Into You‘ for the rest of the year) just screams tinsel and baubles.
Now, we said no festive covers but indulge us this one. Biffy Clyro‘s take on the Christmas Number One ‘When We Collide‘ by X Factor Winner Matt Cardle is so powerful and confident, it could be one of their own. Wink Wink.
*Start Plug* If you still need a Christmas present for a loved one, a subscription to Upset Magazine is literally the gift that keeps on giving. *End Plug*
Or a Kinder Egg. Kinder Eggs also make a brilliant present.