Nell Iris

Christmas music

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I’m a big fan of Christmas music and sometimes I start listening way back in October (if I can get away with it without my husband complaining 🙂 )

I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.


Last Christmas – Wham
I was a teenager in the 80s and a huge fan of Wham and George Michael (still am). I loved this song so much and I simply couldn’t understand how that girl could choose Andrew Ridgeley over George Michael? She must be crazy!

The 80s was also the time when we still believed George Michael was straight and that we girls might have a chance. Hah, as if he would ever been interested in a teenage girl from small-town Sweden? But a girl can dream, right? 🙂

Anyway. 30 years later I still love this song.


Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat Kirsty MacColl
Another song from the 80s and it’s simply fabulous. I love that it isn’t so perfectly christmassy, but gritty and tragic. I love the arguing part of the lyrics, but my favorite part is the following:

(Man:) I could have been someone
(Woman:) Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
(Man:) I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can’t make it all alone
I’ve built my dreams around you

I love that she’s bitter and angry with him because he took her dreams, while he felt he needed her dreams too to survive. It’s fabulous writing, and I can feel it in my soul when they sing the words.


I’ll be home for Christmas – Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé has a voice made for singing Christmas songs. He sings this one with such feeling, I can’t help but sob a little every time I listen to it.


Mer Jul – Adolfson & Falk

This is a bonus one which you most likely haven’t heard before. It’s a Swedish song from the 80s (noticing a theme here?) and it’s about our Swedish Christmas traditions. Mer Jul means More Christmas and the song is about a guy who’s normally quiet and reserved, with one exception. When it comes to Christmas he wants MORE of everything: more lights, decorations, cheer, snow, food, and…everything.

I adore this song. It makes fun of our traditions, but in a loving way and it’s impossible to be offended.

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4 thoughts on “Christmas music

  1. October! Nooooo!!!! LOL. I love listening to Christmas music, too, but not until December. Then I OD on it until Christmas.

    Nice list! I hear Last Christmas, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas a lot. They’re both on my holiday playlist. Somehow I’ve never heard Fairytale of New York before. It was interesting, that’s for sure. The melody grew on me, I’m less a fan of the lyrics, though. 🙂

    I enjoyed Mer Jul. I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard it, but it reminds me of something. I can’t put my finger on what, though.

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    • I love the lyrics to Fairytale of New York. I love that it’s gritty and dirty, and not picture perfect like all the other Christmas songs. I guess I have a smidgen of Amy in me after all 😉

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  2. I really like Last Christmas too, but the first time I remember hearing it was sung by SM town and had Moon Hee Jun! ….it might be more that I like Moon Hee Jun….

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