Dance Christmas Songs
Given dance music continues to thrive it is perhaps a bit surprising that so little Christmas dance music of note has been produced. A tune that has broken free from the clubs and infiltrated mainstream consciousness each December. There are exceptions of course, especially in the case of Dutch group Cascada who have racked up over 30 million youtube views for their cover of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’. Although originally released as a b-side in 2007 ‘Last Christmas’ also made it onto Cascada’s dancetastic album ‘It's Christmas Time’ which came out 5 years later.
Lady Gaga enrolled the odd shaped hatted (not Santa Clausian I might add) Jamiroquai for her ‘Christmas Tree’ which was inevitably configured with enough light smut to keep her army of fans amused. As with all the best dance Christmas songs Gaga cleverly patched in references to old favourites like ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Deck The Halls’ amongst the din and fornication. A bit more family friendly is the Pet Shop Boys beat driven ‘It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas’ which was originally intended for their fanclub only before being resurrected for their ‘Christmas’ EP in 2009.
Digging deeper into the dance canon you’ll find Epic Alliance’s radical reworking of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ gives house Christmas music a new champion. It may take a minute or two to reveal itself but this is a fine rehash of what is generally regarded as a sacred cow, not suitable for alternate rendition. If your twist is techno Christmas music then the ‘Mistletoe Lounge’ compilation should get your readied for the dancefloor. Featuring a mostly chilled out version ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel by Groovecatcher and the gentle groove of Madison Park’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ this album is a haven for techno Christmas songs in an otherwise barren world. Perhaps the best exponent of yuletide techno is DJ Demonixx’s ‘Carol of The Bells (A Demonic Christmas)’ which ramps up the BPM’s over a crescendo of tolling bells and skittering synth pulses.
Disco Christmas music has been with us for a little longer than any of the songs mentioned above but much like their more contemporary brethren they haven’t proven to be entirely perennial in their appeal. Boney M’s ‘Feliz Navidad’ and ‘Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord’ do buck the trend however as they continue to light up festivities each December.