Perhaps in an attempt to make amends for the best forgotten Christmas Album reboot from 2016, the Now That’s What I Call Music team have put together a new festive compilation for 2021 called simply Now That’s What I Call Christmas.
This is a bit more like it, as the compilers offer 68 Christmas songs on the three-CD edition and a still creditable 47 on the triple LP edition, pressed on – you guessed it – white vinyl.
Virtually all the ‘essentials’ are present and correct (‘Last Christmas’, ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, ‘Wonderful Christmastime’, Do They Know It’s Christmas? etc.) and a whole lot more. In fact, by SDE’s count everything from the very original Christmas Album from 1985 features on here, save Gary Glitter (‘Another Rock and Roll Christmas’) and Queen (‘Thank God It’s Christmas’). Admittedly, Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Blue Christmas’ is replaced by his festive chart-topper ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ but the song is still present and correct in the original Elvis version.
The running order mixes up the decades and there’s not too much to complain about, but if you are looking for something then you might question the inclusion of Robbie Williams awful ‘Can’t Stop Christmas’ and you could – should – rant about putting the words ‘Jive Bunny’ on anything. The bastard bunny’s ‘Let’s Party 2008’ is a Christmas song mash-up which heavily features Slade‘s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’. This is somewhat redundant on a compilation which features both of those songs in full!
Personally, I’d like to have seen Kate Bush‘s ‘December Will Be Magic Again’, if only in the hope that they accidentally put the rare ‘bongo’ version on here.
The white vinyl is appealing, although in truth who wants to faff around with six sides of vinyl on Christmas Day when you want to stay put on the sofa with that tin of Quality Street while enjoying some festive classics.
Now That’s What I Call Christmas will be released on CD on 29 October 2021 with the vinyl to follow on 12 November.
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Now That’s What I Call Christmas Various Artists / 3CD set
- Wham! – Last Christmas
- Elton John – Step Into Christmas
- Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
- Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
- Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
- Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
- Boney M. – Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord
- Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
- Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
- Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree
- The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
- Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
- Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
- Mud – Lonely This Christmas
- Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling
- Jethro Tull – Ring Out, Solstice Bells
- Mike Oldfield – In Dulce Jubilo
- Steeleye Span – Gaudete
- Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born
- Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
- Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Bing Crosby – White Christmas
- John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band & The Harlem Community Choir – Happy Xmas (War Is Over
- Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
- Bing Crosby, David Bowie – Peace On Earth / The Little Drummer Boy
- Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
- Pretenders – 2000 Miles
- The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
- Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
- Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
- Perry Como And The Fontane Sisters With Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
- Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland
- The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- The Ronettes – Frosty The Snowman
- The Crystals – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Gene Autry – Here Comes Santa Claus
- Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
- Mel & Kim – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
- Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
- David Essex – A Winter’s Tale
- Donna Summer – Winter Melody
- Stevie Wonder – Someday At Christmas
- Roy Orbison – Pretty Paper
- The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
- Jason Donovan – When You Come Back To Me
- Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers – Let’s Party 2008
- The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York
- Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
- East 17 – Stay Another Day
- Gary Barlow – The Dream Of Christmas
- Coldplay – Christmas Lights
- Ellie Goulding – River
- Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
- Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear?
- Saint Etienne – I Was Born On Christmas Day
- Kylie Minogue – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
- Robbie Williams – Can’t Stop Christmas
- Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa
- Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
- Tony Bennett – Winter Wonderland
- Doris Day – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
- Ray Conniff & The Ray Conniff Singers – Ring Christmas Bells
- Céline Dion – O Holy Night
- Simon & Garfunkel – 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night
- Münchener Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
- Aled Jones – Walking In The Air
- ABBA – Happy New Year
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