'Tis the Season for Top Tens.

'Tis the season for top tens so the British Music Experience, Culture Liverpool and Kevin McManus, Head of Unesco City of Music asked some of our favourite Liverpool artists to give us their top ten tracks that remind them of Christmas and home.


Yousef went one better and sent us this incredible playlist of over an hour of festive favourites, originally put together for his family to enjoy on Christmas Day - now you can hear it too. Enjoy! 


Ian Prowse

It's Christmas isn't it, so you gotta have a sing song, a good old dance, maybe a bit of a cry, but mostly you have to reconnect with your loved ones who you probably don't see enough of.

2000 Miles- The Pretenders

It's All Good - Damien Dempsey

Fairytale of New York- The Pogues

Gaudete- Steeleye Span

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen

Strawberry Fields - The Beatles

The Leaving Of Liverpool - The Dubliners

Find The River- REM

Knowing Me Knowing You- Abba

Dancin In The Streets - Martha Reeves

Elvis Costello

Yule Never Walk Alone

Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade. Walsall's answer to Ray Ennis. The best screaming lead vocal since The Swinging Blue Jeans' Hippy Hippy Shake.

Must Be Santa - Bob Dylan. It's a polka. You think you don't need it but you do.

Merry Christmas Baby - Charles Brown. As Mister Brown says, "I'm all lit up, just like a Christmas tree"

Winter Song – Lindisfarne. Alan Hull's timely thoughts for those who don't get presents.

A Cradle In Bethlehem. My favourite Nat Cole Christmas song. 

Run Run Rudolph - Chuck Berry. "You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?"

Old Toy Trains - Nick Lowe. A seasonal song from "The Gentleman Balladeer".

The Stephen's Day Murders - Elvis Costello & The Chieftains. I wrote these words to an air adapted by Paddy Moloney, as goodwill to all men (not to mention your relations) sometimes only lasts until the 27th of December.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band - Only if you want it.

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Diana Krall. My gal's rendition of this wartime song.


Garry Christian

Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas

Beatles – I Want to Hold Your hand (released end Nov 63 – reminds me of when Christmases were SO exciting – I was 8)

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

Slade – So here it is Merry Christmas

John Lennon & Yoko – Happy Christmas – War is Over

The Drifters – White Christmas

Paul McCartney – Simply having a wonderful Christmas Time

George Michael – Last Christmas

David Bowie & Bing – Little Drummer boy

Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry

Peter Hooton

Shipbuilding - Robert Wyatt –this always goes on in our house at Xmas time – it conjures up images of Christmas and memories and even mentions Xmas in the lyrics.

Ennio Morricone Once Upon A Time In America Film Soundtrack we’ve always have this playing at Xmas dinner – nowadays it reminds me of people no longer with us – a beautiful melancholic soundtrack (probably Deborah’s Theme)

Happy Xmas (War is Over) John & Yoko Plastic Ono band - a timeless classic I always play this at Xmas as it offers a vision of hope & was made even more poignant after John Lennon’s death 

The Partisan – Lenoard Cohen – this is always played during the festive season. A beautiful song about hope!

You are the Generation who bought more shoes and get what you deserve -Johnny Boy - an absolute classic from Johnny Boy - very Phil Spectorish with a Christmas feel.

Tokoloshe Man John Kongos – I always remember this song for a very poignant reason. Three lads from our school were killed in a car crash when this was in the charts – for some reason it resonated with me then and still does now.

Streets of London – Ralph McTell this song always reminds me of Christmas. I suppose homelessness becomes even more striking at this time of year.

Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders – this is always a favourite around this time of year.

Embarrassment Madness – this was written about people/characters with a right wing attitude that the band knew. We went on a Christmas tour with Madness and this track always stood out.

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother – The Justice Collective Xmas No 1 in 2012 was an incredible achievement and a brilliant rendition by various artists with great production from Guy Chambers. We only had the idea 6 weeks before Xmas – everyone worked together to achieve this. The last song before the Queens speech on Xmas Day – 23 years after Hillsborough it kept the results of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in the public consciousness.

Jamie Webster 

Jamie Webster’s Christmas Playlist

'All these tunes remind me of being at home because every Christmas we throw the Christmas chart show on the tele while we’re waiting for our dinner, all the cousins round - the lot.’

Fairytale of New York

Driving Home for Christmas

Pipes of Peace

Last Christmas

White Christmas - Bing Crosby 

Band Aid (original)

War is Over (If You Want It)

Wonderful Christmastime 

Merry Christmas Everybody

I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day 

Red Rum Club 

Red Rum Club’s Christmas Ditties

‘It’s Christmas, there’s no need to be afraid’

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping 

Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone 

The Justice Collective - He Ain’t Heavy (He’s my brother)

The Darkness - Don’t Let the Bells End

Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody 

Wham! - Last Christmas

Chris Rea - Driving home for Christmas

Frankie goes to Hollywood - Power of Love

Paris Youth Foundation 

All I Want for Christmas is Youth

This is the Paris Youth Foundation Christmas Playlist. It was quite hard to draw a proper definitive list of Christmas songs because there’s so many amazing ones, but we gave it a go. It’s a mix of tunes that reminds us of being at home with family and also some seasonal classics that remind us of being out with mates around December.       


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole

Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris De Burgh

Last Christmas - Wham

Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney

Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon

It Feels Like Christmas - Ghost of Christmas Present (Muppets)

Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano

Abbie Ozard 


Here are the tunes that remind me of home time at Christmas, hope u

enjoy them and they make u feel festive and tingly (or depressed, sorry)


Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

In the Bleak Midwinter

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland

Stay Another Day - East 17 (obviously)

Christmas Lights - Coldplay

Silent Night - Frank Sinatra version

What Christmas Means to Me- Hanson

TV Christmas - Dog is Dead

White Christmas - Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby

The Nutcracker Suite - Brian Setzer

(Also any of Andy Williams’ Christmas albums)

Natalie McCool 

The Song That Ruined Christmas

'Here’s some chalk for the cheesiest time of year … offset the cheer with 10 Christmas songs that the Grinch would be proud of. You’re welcomeeeee!’

Please Please Please (won’t you unwrap me?) - Natalie McCool

Holidays R’ Hell - Tuscadero

A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn’t So!) - The Flaming Lips

I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake

That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! - Sufjan Stevens

It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop - Frightened Rabbit

Taking Down The Tree - Tracey Thorn

Hark The Herald Angels Sing - The Fall

Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis - Tom Waits

Trim Up The Tree - Eugene Poddany

Ali Horn

Imagine Peace

Baby, I Love You - The Ramones

Elenore - The Turtles

Do You Believe In Magic - The Lovin Spoonful

Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald  

Happy Xmas War Is Over - John & Yoko, Plastic Ono Band, Harlem Community Choir

Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys

Only You - The Flying Pickets 

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

59th Bridge Street Song (Feelin Groovy) - Simon and Garfunkel

Suo Gan - John Williams (Empire of the Sun OST)