SOMETHING I’ve noticed about some of the best, and best known, Christmas songs is that, apart from the subject matter, they don’t actually sound at all Christmassy. And yet they still manage to evoke warm feelings from us every time they’re on the radio. This is a good example (another one will appear later in this countdown). If you don’t listen to the lyrics, there’s not much to suggest it’s a Christmas song at all – no sleigh bells or choirs, just Rea’s less-depressing-than-normal husky vocalising.
And some great lyrics: who else could manage to compare sitting in a traffic jam with looking at Christmas decorations (“I’ve got red lights all around”)?