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Christmas releases from Coldplay, Hurts, Bananarama and George Michael

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I was only thinking last week that you don’t often hear of artists writing Christmas songs anymore. With a few notable exceptions of course; The Darkness however being the only one that immediately springs to mind, back in 2003. Perhaps it is more the case that you only get to hear the really decent ones over the airwaves, whilst the others get shelved or never really get started. How delighted was I therefore, when I heard that no less than four major artists planned to release Christmas-themed tracks for the 2010 festive season: Coldplay, Hurts, Bananarama and George Michael, to be precise.

Even if their quest to secure the No 1 slot fails miserably when pitted against the X Factor machine, at least we shall have four new credible numbers to add to the track listing of future compilations such as ‘Now 958: The Best of the Best  Christmas Songs Ever, Totally, In The Whole World .’ I really like these four and they all have theirown individual strengths and reason to appeal to the masses; Hurts are riding high at the moment in the popularity stakes with their cool and classy brand of electro-pop and Coldplay have come back from the amazing success of ‘Viva la Vida‘ with a classically penned track, bearing all the usual hallmarks of their art such as a soaring middle section, heartfelt lyrics and seamless orchestration. ’80s IT Girls, Bananarama, have also thrown their musical hat in to the ring with their first ever Christmas-themed release; and very impressive it is too. Finally, after what seems like an age of controversy, George Michael returns with a beautifully written piece which he performed on last year’s X Factor…before all of the other stuff started. His songwriting brilliance cannot be denied and this track cannot help but melt even the frostiest of yuletide hearts.

If I had to pick a favourite, I would probably opt for Coldplay, but I am still keeping everything crossed for a Christmas Cliff release; no one does it better than Sir Cliff.

Coldplay, ‘Christmas Lights

I can’t embed the video for the Hurts single due to copyright, so please find link above.

Hurts, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day

Bananarama, ‘Baby It’s Christmas

George Michael, ‘December Song 2010: I Dreamed Of Christmas

Which is your favourite? 🙂

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Written by shelleyhanveywriter

December 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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