Rockin’ around to the rubbish we can’t do without

Let’s face it. 2023’s been tough. So this Christmas, we give in. Instead of striving for it to be The Most Wonderful…anything, we’re going all out to celebrate the small, and slightly rubbish, things about Christmas that bring us joy – including Christmas songs!

You can read more about why we’re celebrating a rubbish Christmas by reading the blog, here and following our socials (LinkedIn & Instagram).

Whether you’re a stickler for not letting the festivities begin until 1st December, or you get things going as soon as the nights get darker, we have no doubt that your first expression of Christmassy-ness (surely that’s a word?) is pressing play on the Christmas tunes.

But which do you play first? And which is your favourite?

We asked the mm*ers to let us know which songs got them Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Last Christmas, and which numbers are making them feel It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas this time around (see what we did? Yep. Totally rubbish).

Take a look at the classics that pack the biggest festive punch for us, see whether they jingle your bells and whether you can spot your favourite tune in the mm* Top of the Christmas Pops.

Mike Watson, Creative Director

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

David Souch, Art Director

My favourite rubbish Christmas song, without a doubt, is “Dominick the Donkey.”
It’s an outsider in the world of holiday tunes, often overlooked in favour of more traditional classics. However, its quirky charm won me over, and last year, when my son heard it for the first time, it became an unexpected family anthem, proving that sometimes the most unexpected ‘rubbish’ can become the soundtrack to new Christmas traditions.

Anna Glynn, Copywriter

I’ve got two – This Christmas by Donny Hathaway goes on as soon as I wake up on 1st December. But the most brilliantly rubbish Christmas song has to be Must Be Santa by Bob Dylan. Makes for a brilliant table game if you allocate lines to different people and they have to stand to deliver their line at the right moment…

Megan Williams, Senior Designer

My actual favourite is very rude and not appropriate for this forum…but my PG choices would be Do They Know It’s Christmas Time? by Band Aid (80s edition, obvs) and Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie. That one, by the way, is not rubbish.

Laura Carter, Senior Account Manager

All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey. Obviously. And Hippo the Hero by Gayla Peevey.

Steve Turner, Co-Founder

Stay Another Day by East 17 (released on 21 November 1994)*

*Editor’s note: we don’t know why Steve felt compelled to share this information, and we can only speculate that the release of this musical masterpiece made the date particularly memorable for him.

Follow us on socials (LinkedIn & Instagram) to find out more about how we’re celebrating a rubbish Christmas.

This year, we’re supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign, which aims to raise money for children at home and abroad facing some of the toughest challenges imaginable. Contributing to this brilliant fundraiser feels particularly important in a year in which so many children have experienced conflict, displacement and deprivation in the wake of the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and a cost of living crisis in the UK.

Any support you can offer will help make a real difference to the people who need it most. To donate £5 text the word RUBBISH to 70050 or choose an amount to give on our fundraising page here.

Thank you!

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