What are the 9 Most Political Christmas Songs?

21:09Ciaran McCormick

Christmas is a time of love, joy, family, food and presents. But underpinning it all is a lot of politics, from whether you call it Xmas or the songs you sing. These are the ten most political. Can you think of any more?

9. All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey













Everyone knows that Christmas is a time for rampant capitalism so it is surprising that one of the biggest traditions is this song. Heard millions of times around this year, it rejects the gift-giving and commercialism because all Mariah wants for Christmas is nice things like her baby and the sound of children laughing.

8. I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake



This song is about the loss of innocence, childhood belief and the commercialisation of Christmas. How festive.

7. Lonely This Christmas - Mud




Another not-so-cheerful one this time, but it raises some important questions about loneliness in our society. Christmas is the worst for this kind of thing, since images of togetherness, family and friends are everywhere to torture the lonely.

6. Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) - The Pogues




This incredible Christmas song is political for a different reason to the rest, it has a single controversial word. The 'f' word in this song makes it difficult to listen to, which means that the decision to play it, with or without the offending word is an intensely political one.

5. Baby It's Cold Outside - Various




How on Earth did a song about attempted date rape, essentially a woman being forced to stay with a man become a beloved Christmas institution. Very old fashioned.

4. A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris de Burgh


This is an outrageously good Christmas song and my favourite. It re-tells the nativity story as a UFO with countless political themes.


3. Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie



This sad and poignant Christmas song tells the story from the trenches. As some of the greatest festive songs do, it mixes a political message with holiday longing.

2. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon and Yoko Ono




The ultimate political anti-war Christmas song. Its repeating chorus stays with you.


1. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid



There was only ever one song that could top this list of the most political Christmas songs. The supergroup created a storm of support and awareness for the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s and the original sold over 3.8 million copies. It has been constantly updated for new generations.

What do you make of this list? Are there any more political Christmas songs you can think of? Buy your favourites from Amazon and let me know in the comments.

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