They don’t make Christmas hits like they used to, eh? With boybands and snow and jingle bells and… Brian Harvey.
Behold five of the best Christmas songs from the nineties – and we left Mariah Carey out ON PURPOSE.
1. New Kids On The Block – Merry, Merry Christmas (1989)
God, I used to LOVE New Kids On The Block. I probably thought this Christmas song was really profound at the time. And I didn’t even laugh (or wince) at Jordan’s ridiculously high falsetto wailings *sigh*
I realise I’ve cheated already, but this was out so close to the end of the year, it was practically 1990. OKAY?
2. Take That – Babe (1993)
This was the That’s third single in a row to go straight to number one, knocking a certain spotty tubby pink bastard off the top spot.
Mr Blobby had the last laugh, however, as the following week, his self-titled single climbed back UP to numero uno, denying Take That the Christmas number one place.
In the video, they did acting and that! I remember feeling smug, while all the die-hard Mark Owen fans at school sobbed into their Fruit of the Loom sweater sleeves at the predicament of their little soldier boy.
Now we all know this video actually portrays him as a philandering bounder, fathering a bastard child and doing a runner. Awkward.
Anyway, aren’t the out-take bits at the end of the vid FUN?!
3. TLC – Sleigh Ride (1993)
Got a package…..
Wait, wait I know what I want for Christmas
What you want?
I want T-Boz to get me ah, some headphone sets
And I want Left Eye to make me a, uh, make me a fly dress!
Well Merry Christmas from TLC!
4. East 17 – Stay Another Day (1994)
As a dedicated Take Thatter, I didn’t think much of this at the time. The original video comprised of ‘the lads’ gathered around Tony’s piano, wearing head-to-toe baggy Burberry checks and with headphones worn at a jaunty angle and that.
They then did a Christmassy version of the vid in black-and-white, where they wore furry hoods, spinning around solemnly with super-imposed snow falling around them.
The only nod to Christmas really are the bells at the end, but I can’t take the piss cos the song is appaz about Tony’s brother who committed suicide. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
5. Spice Girls – 2 Become 1 (1996)
This song is really Christmassy, isn’t it? With the Spice Girls all wrapped up in their long winter coats, singing a slow ballad. Huh?
Over to Melanie Brown, to tell us more:
It’s basically a love song, but it’s got a message—make sure you put a condom on if you’re going to have sex. We all think that’s very important!