Day 2 of the Essential Advent Calendar, and we commemorate this most wonderful time of the year by remembering the valuable contribution music plays in our lives, not just during this time of global crisis, but every year. Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity is delighted to be hosting ‘The Stars Come Out To Sing At Christmas’ on Tuesday 15th December, a star studded evening of Christmas carols, festive messages and spectacular musical performances streamed on their website.
After the storming success of their recently released studio album ‘One Day At A Time’, which has now been streamed more than 84 million times and seen them garner another 10 million monthly Spotify listeners, Kodaline have now unveiled the official video for their festive offering ‘This Must Be Christmas’.
Somehow it’s already November, and if you’re like me, you’ve left it late to organise your Christmas presents. It’s been a hard year, and even if you can get out to the shops to buy gifts, the general vibe of 2020 has been one of not feeling up to it, motivated, or having the energy to think of what to get.
Thankfully, Jedward have it all under control! The acknowledged saviours of 2020 with their life affirming tweets, positive music, and random good vibes DMs, have come up with not just one, but TWO fantastic ways to spread the Christmas joy this year, at two different price points, so you can choose how much you want to spend (or if you’re like me, you’ve bought both for yourself!).
The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, Selfridge’s for shopping, cocktails in Mayfair, the chimes of Big Ben from a boat trip on the Thames, a West End show, a midnight spin on the London Eye, passing out in front of The Holiday after three bottles of Baileys…this is Christmas, Limahl-style. (OK, one of those may not be true.)
We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?
We all love Mariah Carey’s iconic ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ and we can’t imagine a December without classic tunes such as ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘White Christmas’. But with countless new Christmas albums and tracks released every winter, why not refresh your festive playlists with some of the best holiday songs released in the past few years? Essentially Pop is here to help you, with a list of the best holiday hits released in the last decade! There are only two criteria: every song must have been released between 2000 and 2019 and it has to be a brand new original song (no covers)!