The very best and worst of the Christmas pop songs
Spoiler: Bublé is still the king of Christmas
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, it's time to defrost those Christmas playlists and warm up those vocal cords. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly of Christmas pop. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals.
The worst Christmas pop songs
Christmas Tree – Lady Gaga
Call me Simon Cowell, but it only took 15 seconds for me to decide that this song was a definite no-no. To be honest, I didn't actually make it to the end, but lyrics such as "light me up, put me on top, let's falalalalalalalala", Gaga has taken sexualising Christmas to new extremes.
Have a Cheeky Christmas – The Cheeky Girls
After having read the title, my initial expectations were not, as you can imagine, sky high. Let's just say my low expectations were met.
Don't Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
Possibly one of, if not the most, sombre Christmas songs I've ever heard. Way to suck the fun out of Christmas, Brandon.
The best Christmas pop songs
Cold December Night – Micheal Bublé
Surprisingly, this is Bublé's only original song on his world-renowned Christmas Album. His rich Canadian tone, as smooth as hot chocolate, is enough to make anyone feel warm and fuzzy this Christmas.
Christmas Lights – Coldplay
This song is rather underrated as far as Christmas pop songs go, but it's as essential to your Christmas playlist as gravy is to turkey. It's a very delicate, chilled take on a Christmas pop song. You go Glen Coco.
Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Currently being overshadowed by the hype of her "thank u, next" video, this song is giving me all of the Christmas feels and has been on repeat in my flat for over a week.
Naughty but nice
One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
Although this probably isn't the first Christmas song that comes to mind, this former X Factor star has come out with an absolute belter.
Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year when you can play this tune all day, every day. I've got to hand it to Biebs, he smashed it here. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Don't even try to convince me otherwise.
Shake up Christmas – Train
What. A. Tune. If you're walking round thinking that Train are a one hit wonder then I've got news for you; this song will smash your Terry's chocolate orange. If you don't know, get to know.
The worst Christmas covers
Drummer Boy – Justin Bieber
It's hard to believe that this is even on the same album as Mistletoe. How can it go from so right to so wrong in the space of just five songs? As if JB took a Christmas hymn and put a beat drop on it. Rumpapum-done.
Santa Baby – Micheal Bublé
Micheal, baby. Stop changing all the words to this song. So wrong. No, but seriously, Santa is not your buddy, your pally or your poppy. You may be the king of Christmas, but not even you are on nickname terms with the big man. Sleigh in your lane, Bublé.
Christmas (Baby, please come home) – Smash Mouth
Nothing quite makes me turn into the Grinch like this cover. There's only one genre that works for these guys; Shrek. Bah Humbug.
Ps. even though it wasn't released as a single, the cover Slaves made of "Last Christmas" for the Radio 1 Live Lounge is definitely worth a mention. I'm going to put it out there, this isn't just the worst Christmas cover I've ever heard, but the worst cover I've ever heard. 0/10.