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Advent Calendar 2012: Now That's What I Call Christmas Music! (1940s/50s/60s) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 02 December 2012 00:39

It's finally December, which means radios are officially allowed to play Christmas music on air. Which would be great - if they hadn't been playing it for four flipping weeks already, Even worse, they insist of intercutting it with Gangnam Style on repeat.

So if you, like me, are sick of sitting in an office at work and listening to Fairytale of New York for the fiftieth time this year despite it only being the 2nd of December, wrap your cold ears around this warm playlist of old Christmas music. And I mean old.

Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington - yep, this is the good stuff. The 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s golden era of pop and jazz.

If Christmas to you means Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (composer of It's a Wonderful Life's adorably smushy score), Thurs Ravenscroft singing Dr. Seuss and a nice smattering of Irving Berlin, listen to this 30-minute playlist of swinging sugarplums, frosted snowmen and that old favourite, White Christmas. The original, that is. The one from Holiday Inn. In fact, we've even included one of the film's other famous songs: Abraham. The one in which Bing Crosby blacks up. Because that's how they used to celebrate Christmas back in them days.

Say what you like, it was a darn sight better than Gangnam Style.

(Warning: Requires Spotify to play.)