The Firstpost Playlist: Songs for Christmas, from Frank Sinatra to Pentatonix and Bill Nighy
By now you probably may have caught on to the fact that at Firstpost, weekends = playlists.
Seeing as how this wasn't just any other weekend, but Christmas weekend no less, the Firstpost desk decided to round up their favourite songs for the festival.
We've got a mix of the traditional and the not-so-traditional — so no matter what your musical preferences, you may just find a song for the occasion here. Tune in, and have a very Merry Christmas!
'O Come, All Ye Faithful' by Pentatonix
For all its joy and merriment, Christmas is an awful time for creativity in music. No one can deny that artists and studios just rehash old Christmas carols and classics or they just come up with some generic, hackneyed Christmas pop song. So I was pleasantly surprised when I hear the acappella group Pentatonix's rendition of 'O Come, All Ye Faithful'. This cover has some pretty catchy tunes that have an almost African flavour to them. So spread some Christmas cheer that sounds less generic with this song!
— Siddhi Desai
'I feel it in my fingers' by Billy Mack
It's Christmas! The perfect time to watch films about miracles and finding lost loves! One of the best Christmas films for me is Love Actually. It just brings a whole lovely white Christmas feeling to it. With the amazing film, comes the amazing opening scene, where Billy Mack (played by Bill Nighy) is recording a Christmas version of 'Love is all around me' by The Troggs with his manager in the studio. He just can't seem to remember to substitute the word 'love' with 'Christmas' though; and for me is one of the most memorable opening film scenes ever! So here's to nostalgia and the love of a white Christmas.
— Ankita Maneck
'God rest ye merry gentlemen' by Dio/Iommi
It might be an unconventional pick but when Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi come together, the traditional English carol turns into something really heavy. With Dio's commanding voice and Iommi's heavy riffs, 'God rest ye merry gentlemen' is the perfect metal ode to this holiday season (I feel).
— Shatadru Roy
'Have yourself a merry little Christmas' by Frank Sinatra
What's Christmas without Christmassy songs? And it doesn't get more Yule-tidey than Frank Sinatra singing 'Haye yourself a merry little Christmas'. The melancholy of his voice is a nice counterpoint to the festive lyrics. It's the perfect song to listen to as you sip a glass of wine and get together with family and friends.
— Aashray Hariharan
'Silent Night' by John Denver
What's a Christmas playlist that doesn't have 'Silent Night' on it? Sure, there are lots of fun, festive carols, but there's something about 'Silent Night' — maybe the purity of the sentiment, or the simplicity of the music, that sets it apart. It is the most recorded Christmas song out there for a reason. Pretty much every pop star and church choir has rendered a version of this song, John Denver's stays true to the essence of the song — which as he says, was written for the guitar, but is rarely heard that way. Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!
— Rohini Nair
'Hai Di Awaaz Farishto Ne Zameen Ke Logon Ko' by Bombay Baptist Church Choir
This Hindi Christmas Carol is sung in many Born-Again Christian churches in India. The lyrics are beautiful, the tune catchy, but most importantly, it's the real deal. Thankfully, the song focuses on "the reason for the season" — Jesus Christ, and not Santa. I don't know who wrote this song, but here's the video from a church service at the Bombay Baptist Church, Colaba, Mumbai. Go ahead and listen to the beautiful Hindi carol and the hope-giving lyrics:
Hai di awaaz farishto ne/ zameen ke logo'n ko/ utar aaya jahaa'n me ab/ khuda insaan ban kar/ hai di awaaz...
Hamare waste wo aasmani/ pyar laya hai/ naya jeewan nayi rahe'n/ naya sansaar laya hai/ kabhi jo khatm na ho aaya/ aisi dastaan banke utar aaya jahaa'n me ab/ Khuda insaan ban kar/ hai di...
— Bindisha Sarang