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Do you like Christmas songs?

Merry Xmas Everybody, Mistletoe and Wine, Fairytale Of New York. What is your favourite Christmas song?

The same festive pop songs, such as Merry Christmas Everyone and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, can still be heard every Christmas on the radio and in pubs and shops across the country.

But new efforts including Christmas Tree by Lady GaGa and I Wish It Was Christmas Today by Julian Casablancas have also been gracing the airwaves as they try to score a Christmas hit of their own.

Do you like Christmas songs? What makes a good Christmas tune? What is your favourite festive tune? What do you think of the latest attempts at yuletide songs?

Read the stories of the Christmas hits

Published: Thursday, 24 December, 2009, 12:21 GMT 12:21 UK

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:53 GMT 01:53 UK

Personally, I find them intensely irritating. Hearing the same garbage every day in shops and stores for two months or more gets very wearing.

[shortfatbaldy], Pershore, United Kingdom

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:52 GMT 01:52 UK

Besides traditional....

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"
(Hilarious, especially with the accompanying video)

and

"Feliz Navidad"
(fun and uplifting)

and more recent:

"Can I interest you in Hanukkah? sung by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert....

(Adorable)

[MaureenFloridaUSA]

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:40 GMT 01:40 UK

"Oh Holy Night" as I picture the Christmas Eve during WW2 when a German sang it then a Frenchman across the trenches. Pogniant.

This year it was "We Need a Little Christmas"...

"For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter,
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter,
And we need a little snappy
"Happy ever after,"
Need a little Christmas now.

Christmas came too fast this year!

[MaureenFloridaUSA]

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:34 GMT 01:34 UK

Soon be 'Auld Lang Syne' prefere Zooey Deschannel [Elf] though asian 'girl' Waterloo Road a reasonable-second.

Stephen Dawson, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:27 GMT 01:27 UK

Currently fan of Baby it's cold outside; fortunately [as far as I am aware] NOT hijacked by Tesco, Boots...

Loosely-engaged in retail I resent 'staff' given free-reign; walk-out of HMV, Asda... with pierced ear-drums from the legally-DEAF assistants choosing to inflict their 'taste' at high-volume

Chrimbo tendancy to 'loop' catchy 30-second commercial akin to 'torture'; especially the really-awful

Why are so-many commercials 'poor'; bring-on Heinnekin 'Let it snow' so-true in many-ways.

Stephen Dawson, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:25 GMT 01:25 UK

I get a kick out of Jingle Bell Bark . i thought it took a bit of talent to get it all put together even if a computer was used..

cynthia brann, Atlanta

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:24 GMT 01:24 UK

'Hark the herald Angel sing, glory to the new born King'.
To really appreciate Jesus Christ you have to move beyond Physical to Spiritual awareness.

Yes they are old, but that is what Tradition is all about. Of the new ones, all Three Famine-Relief songs about Feeding-The-World from UK, US and Canada released at the same time are Classics. Co-Incidence? I don't think so.

Rasta Cla'as, back-a-yard

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 01:11 GMT 01:11 UK

There are three songs that for me stand the test of time.The Pogues and Kirsty Mc Coll stands alone any time of the year be it Xmas or Easter it's enchanting and is the ultimate Christmas song .Slade's classic anthem for it's sheer ' in your face 'sound and simple message.And finally even though I'm not a fan of Ms Carey,her Christmas hit never seems to date and no matter where you are the dance floor fills after the first few bars.The rest of them leave me cold, and should be banned forthwith.

Rourkes Drifter, Abertawe

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 24:45 GMT 00:45 UK

The 3 songs I like best, in no particular order are. Greg Lake, I believe in Father Christmas, Jonah Louie, Stop The Cavalry and The Pogues with Kirsty McColl, Fairytale of New York.

And fourthly as I'm a huge fan of Queen, Thank God it's Chrstmas. Not quite as good as the other 3 but it's got a nice sentiment and it was a charity song.

[JMK1973], Belfast

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 24:32 GMT 00:32 UK

traditional Polish carols and since I first came to the UK - English carols

also English rock/pop songs: McCartney, Slade, Wizzard, etc. but the best is Do they know it's Christmas
the thing is that shops here keep playing them for 2 months so doesn't matter where I live: here or there :-)

kissa, North of Poland

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 24:20 GMT 00:20 UK

I worked for an electrical chain and was forced to hear the same 75 min CD for 9 weeks for 40+ hours a week, it’s tantamount to torture and staff should be protected against this under health and safety.

Why do we have to hear the same old songs every year for the almost 2 months, I’m fed up with being treated like sheep, by the media and stores.

So pleased that RATM made the No1 in the charts, and as for my favourite Xmas song?

It has to be The River by Joni Mitchell

Cool-Knight, Newport, Isle of Wight

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Added: Saturday, 26 December, 2009, 24:13 GMT 00:13 UK

My favourite carol is "once in Royal David's City, sung by the choir of Kings Chapel Cambridge. I listen for it in the middle of the night here in Australia every year, and the purity of the beautiful young voice at the beginning makes me feel very Christmassy, although I am not a religeous person.

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Added: Friday, 25 December, 2009, 23:53 GMT 23:53 UK

It has to be Fairytale of New York.

[WillB85], Medway, United Kingdom

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Added: Friday, 25 December, 2009, 23:52 GMT 23:52 UK

Frankly, No! Religious ones are bad enough, but the organised pop drivvle of the past thirty years has been absolutely terrible, and painfully obvious in screwing the Public for money!

John Alexander Langley

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Added: Friday, 25 December, 2009, 23:00 GMT 23:00 UK

As an atheist I can happily say I enjoy all Christmas carols, especially those sung by choirs. The message of hope they carry is important, no matter what your belief.
As for Christmas songs, well, so many songs have `messages´ that I would like to be free from them once a year. My all time favourite Christmas song is Harry Belafontes´ version of `Marys boy child´.
But then I think any story or song about kids is great.
It´s the kids who will carry the burden of improving the world.

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