The Jukebox: Christmas Songs

Welcome to The Jukebox, your Friday fix of the best music new and old. Each week, a six-strong panel of Hercules Moments contributors will recommend their favourite tracks for you to soundtrack your weekend to, in a playlist centred around a chosen theme.


Low - Just Like Christmas
Low have soundtracked my Christmas for the last few years, they should just be the official band of Christmas. They nailed it with this slice of shimmering slowcore that isn't gooey and cheesy but just full of winter cool.
David Officer

Lucy Rose - Driving Home For Christmas
Although Lucy Rose had been playing her interpretation of the Chris Rea classic at shows for a couple of years, it was her performance in 2011 for Lauren Laverne's Christmas "MPFREE" giveaway for BBC 6 Music which really gained the interest of a wider audience. No one can deny that they love a bit of Slade at this time of year but there's something to be said for a classic cheesy Christmas track which has been stripped of all the whistles and bells and just communicates the idea of wanting to be home for the holidays. The other artist's versions of Christmas classics are also well worth a listen.
Jessica Cregg

The Ghost of Christmas Present/The Muppets - It Feels Like Christmas
This is the only Christmas song I can get stuck in my head and really not mind. I'll walk around town humming the tune and it'll just put me in a jaunty, festive mood. My only criticism is that it's entirely too short. Plus it's from the best Christmas movie ever made.
Lesley Dickson

Weezer - Christmas Celebration

I enjoy cheesy Christmas music as much as the next man, but there comes a time when it gets so overplayed that it's nice to dive into a bit of alternative festive music. Weezer's Christmas Celebration appeared on a special Yuletide 2-track EP, and it has all the hallmarks of a classic early Weezer track.
Eoin Smith

Michael Buble - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
This is my current favourite Christmas song and has been since I first heard it on Christmas morning of 2011. Pre Christmas 2011, what I have been a fan of is various realms of orchestral music both with and without a singer in the fore front. With this particular song, I'm all about the magical feeling you get when the opening strings kick in with some dreamy brass to round it off. Then, the voice of Michael Buble joins in; a man of many talents including not only his voice, but also probably the highest amount of straight men having a 'man crush' on him. I hadn't heard any music by Buble before this song last year and if you're in the same situation, I'd like to recommend you have a listen.
Beth Alexander

Rout - Carol Of The Bells

The Enter Shikari front man's dubstep side project - Rout - remixed a classic Christmas song to create this absolute banger. Most recently seen reimagined as an Enter Shikari live intro last year, the original remix is still my go-to Christmas song.
Jake Lawson

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