The Holiday season: a time for endless lists of sugary songs about snow, fire places and red-nosed reindeers (unless you're a miserable Scrooge - Bah Humbug to you!).

To celebrate the festive period this year, we've decided to put an RSL Christmas Playlist together with each track chosen by a different Little Helper from RSL head office. Ho-Ho-Hope you like it as much as we do!

John Legend – Baby, It's Cold Outside (Feat. Kelly Clarkson)

”Because it’s what Santa Claus listens to when he puts his sleigh into first gear and takes off!” Bernie Cook

“The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping”

Josh (left) and Dan (right)

"This tune is brilliant. None of the fake Christmas nonsense and ‘joy’, just a song about a hard working individual who wants to take it easy and eat some turkey. My choice may have also been influenced by the wicked bassline." Daniel Latham

"As basslines go, this is an absolute belter. Throw some juicy horns into the mix and you’ve got yourself a track that’s impossibly catchy. A long-winding search for love also concludes successfully after a last gasp purchase of cranberries. Merry Christmas." Josh Morton

Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone

"It’s happy, but not sickeningly so. It’s got a sax solo. It’s got the classic key change at the end. It’s 80s as hell. At the end it’s got some great “shoobedoowahs”. Mix that altogether and you've got yourself one of the best Christmas tunes of all time." Laura Hall

The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick

"The idea of The Beach Boys, the ultimate summertime band, making a classic Christmas song seems unlikely (and a little odd), but 'Little Saint Nick' delivers the same exuberance and joyful spirit of their best surfing songs. The song follows the tradition of taking an existing song and ‘Christmas-ifying’ it’, so this is essentially ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ with sleigh bells. What’s not to like?" Lewis Morgan

Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

"I’d usually use an opportunity to like this to flex my music-nerd muscles and nominate something like “absolutely anything from the Low Christmas album, released on ‘Kranky’ in ‘99” (my money's on Patrick!) – but the first dance at my wedding was to ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and it’s not worth the risk in the off-chance my wife reads this. There are countless versions of this track (including this absurdly wonderful take from Twisted Sister) by our favourite is the Frank Sinatra version from 1957. The lush string arrangements from Gordon Jenkins alone should bring out the romantic in even the most garrulous of Grinches." Chris Moody

Low – Just like Christmas

"I’ve got go with this track because 1: I am pretentious, and 2: the whole LP is incredibly sweet without being sickly like a lot of Christmas records." Patrick Healy

Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad

It was very close between this and ‘O Holy Night’ by Adolphe Adam, but I’ve gone with Jose Feliciano’s classic ‘Feliz Navidad’ for our Spanish speaking colleagues (and to sum up the joyful cheese-filter-turned-to-off ambience that is, very much, Christmas). Dan Francis

Juice, S.O.A.P. & Christina – Let Love Be Love (Feat. Remee)

"A 1998 original Christmas banger. This cheesy pop record is played extensively across the Scandinavian region every December. The perfect feel-good song for when you’re in the kitchen over the Christmas break preparing your Danish Fried Twists and “Vaniljekranse” or decorating your Nordmann fir with pleated Christmas hearts and tinsel. Add some candles and Glögg to the mix and you have the epitome of Danish “hygge”. Glædelig jul!" Henriette Madsen

Vulfpeck – Christmas in L.A.

"This is tricky! I saw The Darkness perform ‘Christmas Time’ live a few years ago from the front row. They had the full fake snow effect going on, which was great. Frankie Poullain (bass player) threw a pick at me to catch and I missed it. Over the course of the song it escalated to where he would throw things at me to catch and I would drop every single one of them. My friend walked out with a drum stick and 3 bass picks. If I go on a road trip with friends in summer, I always sneak ‘December’ by Earth, Wind & Fire onto the playlist and see if anyone notices that it is not the original ‘September’. They both run it close, but I have to go with ‘Christmas in L.A.’ because I repeatedly sing this song all year round to annoy my girlfriend, who refuses to listen to Christmas songs until December. Now we can both sing it." Calum Harrison

Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again

"It’s a great original Christmas track produced by one of my favourite artists Jeff Lynne. It’s also featured in one of my favourite Christmas films ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’." Josh Chelms

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

"In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated Christmas songs. Hiding behind the vocal acrobatics is a really cleverly constructed Pop arrangement consisting of well-placed non-diatonic/substitute chords that use tension and release to play with the listener effectively. And who hasn’t cried at the end of Love Actually? I haven’t, that’s for sure." Ben Worsley

Chuck Berry – Run, Run Rudolph | Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials – I’m Your Santa

"It’s hard to choose between either: ‘Run, Run Rudolph’ by Chuck Berry, or ‘I’m your Santa’ – by Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. Both provide such great memories of Christmas past." John Simpson

Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas

"I’ll always remember listening to this in the car whilst driving on Christmas Eve with snow on the ground. Great track." Ray Matthews

NSYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

"The undisputed biggest and baddest boyband of the ‘90s, this was the song that truly catapulted *NSYNC to superstardom. No stone is left unturned lyrically: JT and co’s observation that “It’s a wonderful feeling (hey, yeah, yeah)” when Christmas rolls around really hits the nail on the head when it comes to capturing the feel-good spirit of the holidays. Throw in some festive bells on every beat and an awesome music video to boot and you have a Christmas track tailor-made for a party, a long Christmas drive to see family, or simply a cosy winter evening in front of the fire." Sam Coade

Michael Bublé – The Christmas Song

"This song fills my heart with pure joy and comfort. And let’s face it, it’s the Bublé! How can you not enjoy his Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition) album? It’s the only choice for me when decorating the tree, whilst eating mince pies. It doesn’t get better than that!" Becky Woods

Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry

"Mine has to be ‘Stop the Cavalry’! Reason being that brass bands at Christmas make my heart feel FULL! I enjoy the juxtaposition of how the story behind the song is really terrible, but the overall feeling of the music is pretty jolly and uplifting. Such a poignant and beautiful message!" Rosie Howard

Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me

"Out of the 36 covers of this song, this it is by far the best. Honourable mentions go to Mary-Kate and Ashley, Jessica Simpson and the University of Winconsin Madhatters" Kirsten Cowan

Hillsong Worship - O Holy Night

Nathalie (left) and Jane (right)

Lovely worship song from an equally lovely album. This perfectly encompasses the true panoptic of the season, without commercialising it. Nathalie Gouverneur

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Clause is Comin' to Town

"Reason: Bruce Springsteen in a Santa hat." Jane Proffitt

Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Double whammy for me this one. Not only is it a classic that gets people rockin’, it also features in my favourite Christmas film, Home Alone. You'll find this track playing when Kevin stages a fake Christmas party to fool the burglars who plan to rob his house. Lots of great memories around this song :D" Liam Jackson

Well, we've been playing this all day long and it's yet to get old. If you'd like to enjoy our list, in-full, then you can find it on the RSL Spotify profile right now!


Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year,

The RSL Team