Would you like to know when Dork first broke out the mince pies and Mariah Carey this year? Here’s a clue: it wasn’t December. And it wasn’t November, either. Warm up some mulled cider and join in the fun with Marika Hackman’s festive playlist.
Destiny’s Child – 8 Days Of Christmas
It’s pure noughties sass, which is a nice antithesis to the constant cheesy holiday cheer.
Sufjan Stevens – O Come O Come Emmanuel
My favourite carol done in such a heartbreaking style, yet it still feels cosy and nostalgic.
John Tavener – The Lamb
Mum’s always played this at Christmas, and now it’s one of my favourite pieces of choral music, makes you feel like you’re being stretched and squeezed.
Wham – Last Christmas
Makes me feel like I’m at a shit office Christmas party, in a good way.
Joni Mitchell – River
Christmas is crap if you’ve just broken up, but at least there’s a beautiful song about it.
The Ronettes – Frosty The Snowman
This is probably the most Christmassy song ever recorded, it would make me excited for Christmas in spring.
Blaenavon – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
This is such a heartfelt take on a ridiculous song, it makes me feel like it’s snowing outside.
The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York
First half is all drunken hilarity, second half is fucking depressing. Pretty much sums up Christmas.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas
I heard it was Jesus’s favourite song.
(Blaenavon’s Christmas ditty doesn’t appear to be on Spotify, but you can hear that here.)
Marika Hackman’s Christmas EP ‘Wonderland’ is out now.