Day 12 of 12 days of Christmas - 12 drummers drumming: Agency Central's essential Christmas playlist

As we quickly make our way through December like a pack of unattended After Eights, the radio will be filled with the various Christmas songs that always plague the airways. Some will lift your spirits before Band Aid quickly makes you drink them out of guilt and some will make you sing loud and proud, you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy bad example.

This Christmas you want your employee's spirits high and Agency Central has devised a playlist for just that purpose. Without further adieu allow me to present : Agency Central's Essential Christmas Playlist (Spotify playlist). Click on the titles of the tracks below to play on YouTube.


All I want for Christmas - Mariah Carey (1994)

Mariah Carey and Christmas go together like chips and cheese (if you're a student); even her initials match up to 'merry christmas.' A jolly Christmas song about love or asking Santa to break human rights laws, that has survived the ages and remains one of the most played songs during Christmas. However, don't take this song too personally as that could lead to a restraining order.


Proper Crimbo - Bo Selecta (2003)

The early millennial sketch show took a break from openly mocking pop stars and pop culture to take on the Christmas charts with Proper Crimbo. The song parodied both Craig David and Michael Jackson whilst guest starring celebrities included Bob Geldof, Mel B and Jimmy Carr. Although this song didn't reach number one, it is still sure to turn your Christmas into a proper crimbo.


Christmas Time - The Darkness (2003)

Rock band The Darkness gave their contribution to the Christmas charts with their trademark falsettos and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The song is complete with Santa, bells and a choir of young school children to bring in a rocking festive period.


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Kim Wilde & Mel Smith (2002)

Whilst no one actually performs a ritual dance around Christmas trees during the festive period, the song is still a must have. One of the many charity songs to nearly top the charts, the Kim and Mel version was recorded to raise money for Children in Need.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Jackson 5 (1970)

A song to quickly spread Christmas cheer around the office, what's more christmassy than knowing that in a few nights a jolly bearded man will be visiting everyone's home?


Last Christmas - Wham! (1986)

A cheerful song about love, heartbreak and holidaying in a log cabin. Wham! froze themselves into Christmas history, whilst George Michael embedded himself in every teenage girls heart with this timeless classic.


Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens (1985)

If an artist called Shakin' Stevens released a song today, it would probably be filled with gyrating women and the festive element would be a Twerkey. Luckily, this song reached the number one spot in 1985 and features Welsh born Shakin' taking a pleasant trip to Santa's village.


Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby (1993)

Yes, this really is the song that knocked Meatloaf off the number one spot in the charts back in December 1993. Featuring Noel Edmunds, Carol Vorderman and Jeremy Clarkson, the song was ranked as the worst Christmas song ever by The Daily Telegraph and HMV, whilst MTV claimed that it tried to kill music. Nonetheless if you're looking to indoctrinate your staff into a Blobby worshipping cult, this part of the playlist should be placed on repeat.


Once Upon a Christmas Song - Geraldine McQueen (Peter Kay) (2008)

Released during a time when Peter Kay, was experimenting with being a woman named Geraldine McQueen. The song was released after the parody series 'Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice' to parody the repetition that most of today's songs feature. Peter Kay's excellent portrayal of a transsexual popstar and Gary Barlow's songwriting earns this a spot in our playlist.


Stay Another Day - East 17 (1994)

1994's trademark 'post break-up' song, East 17 made us all want to don out white furry parkers and spend at least one more nights with the 90's heartthrobs. This addition will soothe those in your office, and may even inspire a mariachi band.


Fairytale in New York - The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl (1987)

An absolute Christmas necessity. Whilst no one knows the lyrics that accompany Shane MacGowan's grumbling, there is one line that everyone in the office may seem to sing louder than the rest.


I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard (1973)

One of the more impractical festive songs that you're office will soon be bellowing as the countdown to Christmas slowly slips towards the big day. Wizzard didn't take into account the financial difficulties of having a Christmas everyday: imagine having to buy your entire family and friends christmas presents every day. Whilst you're now revelling in the fact that Wizzard's wish never came true, feel free to bob along to this classic.


Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (1973)

The best song to base your office Christmas playlist on, Slade's Christmas classic ushers in the Christmas cheer by shrieking "It's Christmas" (a cry which will no doubt be heard around your office.)  


Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime (1979)

The best way to wind down a day in the office or to end an office party, by wishing people a wonderful Christmastime.  


Hopefully your office will fully enjoy the playlist that countless hours and debates were spent on. Hopefully it will fill your office with Christmas cheer, create confusion about the lack of Sir Cliff Richards or transform your office into a Blobby worshipping cult.





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