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What Makes the Perfect Christmas Song?

By: Fred Kisielewski

Date: 12 Dec 2012

Snow, Santa and Sleigh Bells

Here at Audio Network, we’ve been wondering exactly what are the vital ingredients that go into making the perfect Christmas song? Writing a Christmas hit can set you up for life, so it is no surprise that in recent years everyone from Justin Bieber to Michael Buble have tried to release the next everlasting Christmas song.  But what does it take to match the success of Slade and Wizzard in the December charts?

Festive Season

Before the days of the inevitable X Factor Christmas number one, almost every Christmas song made some mention of the festive season. Some well-known titles include ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey, ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!, the classic ‘White Christmas’ and of course the epic band aid charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. The lyrics are also important and can cover anything from snow to mistletoe to Santa Claus. If you are feeling truly innovative you could follow the lead of arguably one of the greatest festive songs of all time, The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York’, a tongue in cheek recital of a young Irish couple’s drunken Christmas Eve in New York and the shattered dreams that followed – not your typical upbeat, celebratory, festive vibes.

Joyful and Triumphant

Christmas music is generally joyful, exuberant and optimistic, spanning a range of genres. However there is one sound they all have in common, the crucial jingle bells. Add bells to any song and it will automatically sound like it should be playing in the background while you hang your stocking above the fireplace. Who knows why the most simple of instruments evokes such a strong connection to the Christmas season, but time and time again composers have used that recognisable jingle to add some extra festivity to their music.

Christmas Catalogue

Our own catalogue features over 240 Christmas themed songs, ranging from re-recordings of traditional carols to big band crooners. ‘Can’t Wait For Christmas’  has the classic 1970’s pop rock Christmas sound, conjuring images of a Top of The Pops Christmas special while ‘Swingle Bells’ (link to track) adds a swinging jazz twist to a classic. Whatever your festive needs our catalogue is sure to have something to suit your project. 

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