THE TOP CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR TOTS
Sometimes we despair in the modern world. For all it’s technological and sociological advances, there are great things we have left behind in our search for enlightenment. The main thing is the Christmas single. As a musical tradition, they’ve gone the way of sequined cat suits, the tuba, and Robson & Jerome.
Yet we’re flying the flag for the Christmas single – OK, they may not be masterpieces but like Eurovision, they embody a spirit of celebration that’s hard to ignore. And they aren’t just performed by a bunch of nobodies – Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, John Lennon, Mariah Carey, Cliff Richard again, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Cliff Richard, have all sung a song for Christmas!
In order to reassert the balance, we’ve compiled a list of must-own songs that are perfect for you and your little one this Christmas. So what are we waiting for – let’s crack on with our Christmas Top Five Festive Hits for Tots.
NB: We must add; in our search for the best baby’s Christmas hits, many mighty figures have fallen by the wayside – Slade, Bing Crosby, Elton John and East 17, to name but a few. We salute you!
5. In at five it’s a classic and one that kids of all ages love – it’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
It’s great for kids to sing along to and it teaches us a valuable lesson about inclusion, realising your potential and the importance of keeping your snout wrapped up during the colder months. We’ve chosen this version by the California Raisins as it oozes cool.
4. It’s a non-mover at four – The Goodies with Make a Daft Noise for Christmas.
While this isn’t the most well known of Xmas hits – it’s rapidly becoming a silly tradition in our house – we challenge you not to break into giggles during this track! And if the song isn’t your cup of tea, stick with the video for the 70s hairstyles.
3. It’s Wales’ answer to Elvis at three- Shakin’ Stevens with Merry Christmas Everyone!
Despite having a name that defies accuracy – he is neither called Steven, nor particularly unsteady on his feet – this track is a great Christmas hit! Not the trendiest by any stretch but sometimes you need a little unbridled cheer in your life, especially at Christmas! This one will have even the tiniest feet tapping! Plus that man pulls off knitwear better than most.
2. Down a place at two, it’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee!If Christmas has a dance track, then this is it! While it isn’t hard core house and garage; you can’t fail to start moving when you hear it. Not only is it as Christmassy as it’s possible to get, it’s got a rhythm you can’t deny! Great for a dance with your little ones, especially after all that turkey! Well, maybe not right after.
1. And finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for- the top spot. It’s Jackson 5 with Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Long before he was a Smooth Criminal or Billie Jean’s other half, Michael and his band of brothers released this! Perfectly encapsulating that excitement of the big red man’s arrival, kids love singing and dancing to it, knowing it’s not long until St. Nick pays them a visit! Plus, it provides behavioural techniques kids can’t help but adhere to. Always useful.