We might only hear them for a month a year – or two if you’re very keen on it – but we all remember the lyrics to a number of party hits.
Whether it’s driving home for Christmas or a little bit of dressing, there are timeless classics we all enjoy this time of year.
Here in Hertfordshire we’re fortunate to have a whole slew of great musical talent – and they’ve tried their hand at some decent Christmas tunes too.
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After all, our county has people like Wham !, Sir Cliff Richard and Elton John who all knew, and some, as we will still discover, know how to write a hit or two.
So, to get into the festive spirit, we thought we’d sit down with six Christmas songs from some of Herts’ best talent and see how they fare.
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Last Christmas – Wham!
We will start with a classic.
Located on the ski slopes, the clip is perhaps one of the most emblematic of the festive period.
The song itself is unmistakable when it hits the radio and has been a staple of the Christmas season since its release in 1984.
On his initial release, he spent five straight weeks – yes, five – at number two.
He was only beaten by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas, which is fair enough.
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George Michael played in there too, so it wasn’t a bad Christmas for him.
He moved to Bushey as a teenager with his family – but he wasn’t sure who he would meet later.
He befriended Andrew Ridgeley at Bushey Meads High School before forming Wham! In the 1980’s.
In 2018, the school unveiled a plaque commemorating George Michael after his death on Christmas Day in 2016.
We’ll give this festive classic a 9/10.
Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard
“Christmas time, mistletoe and wine
“Children singing Christian nursery rhymes.
“With logs on the fire and gifts on the tree
“A time to rejoice in the good that we see.”
We all love Cliff, don’t we? Released on November 21, 1988, it is a timeless classic that thrills everyone with its mulled wine.
The music video, which you can browse above, is 100 percent cheesy – totally in keeping with this time of year.
We will give it a solid 8/10.
Come Home For Christmas – George Ezra
This is where we start to get a little funky.
George Ezra’s Come On Home For Christmas ranks well in the charts and seems to be unanimous among fans.
It is part of Amazon Music’s exclusive Christmas lineup and is available to subscribers and through devices like Alexa or Echo.
Although, of course, you can watch the music video above if you want to as well.
There is something satisfying about seeing our Hertford-born mate George vigorously shaking a snow globe before singing that rather catchy and mellow festive tune.
The reworked version of Please Come Home For Christmas by Charles Brown is ideal for sitting in front of the fire with a glass of Baileys.
We will give it a solid 7/10.
Have a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
This modern take on a Christmas classic does the original justice.
Sam Smith – who worked part-time at a local store in Barley when they were around 16 or 17 – recorded almost 27 million YouTube visits with this rendition.
It’s a touching, somewhat dark take, perhaps best summed up by this comment on YouTube: “Oh my God, I’ve never heard her sing so velvety and rich, maybe this is one of my favorite versions of this song. “
Well done, Sam.
This can get a 7.5 / 10.
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
Considering Elton John’s impact at Watford FC – and his two huge summer shows scheduled for next year – we couldn’t fail to include this success.
Step Into Christmas is perhaps one of the best and most inspiring party songs around.
It will get the family on their feet and sing loudly.
Any song that can do that is special, and you’d better find better.
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever …
9.5 / 10.
Merry Christmas – Elton John and Ed Sheeran
Elton John’s second appearance on this list is taking the charts by storm today.
And it’s pretty hard to believe that before this duo there wasn’t a mainstream party song called “Merry Christmas” – but Elton and Ed Sheeran spotted a gap in a glaring market and went nuts.
And it looks like the duo are the bromance we never knew we needed, and it’s a song to warm the hulls and make you feel all festive.
The clip, admittedly, is a little weird and Ed Sheeran disguised as Mrs. Claus is something we just can’t get out of our heads.
After the year we’ve all had it’s pretty harmless so it gives us a boost and an 8/10.
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