A Christmas songbook

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without music.  Everyone has their favourite tracks, but we hope that you’ll find a new favourite in our special collection below. Whatever Christmas means to you, and whatever your Christmas mood – make it better with music.

The best Christmas pop song ever, no discussion. Beautiful, haunting and unique

Mariah Carey giving it her all
For everyone missing someone at Christmas
A wall of Christmas sound from 1963
UK Christmas No.1 in 1978. Forget about being cool and enjoy it.
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with a funky Christmas message
Pop legend Annie Lennox with a new take on this traditional carol
Joyous chorus from Handel’s Messiah – a Christmas essential
This is how you do a traditional Christmas
Simple but beautiful carol
Joni Mitchell – very sad but very beautiful
Modern Christmas folk from The Fleet Foxes
Medieval Latin carol sung by British folk band Steely Span
You can’t get more Christmassy than Tchaikovsky’s Nutracker ballet – and this clip gives another chance to see the wonderful Francesca Hayward in action.