Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones share their ultimate Christmas Day playlist
Music lovers Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones describe their Christmas Day playlist and how they keep everyone happy with wireless multi-room speakers
Music provides the backdrop to family life for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Richard Jones, so Christmas Day for them needs a festive soundtrack to match.
From upbeat tracks to get the party started, to nostalgic records with sentimental value – they tell us what makes up their Christmas playlist.
What’s the soundtrack to your Christmas Day?
Richard: The music is on all day. I’ve made my own Christmas playlist. It starts from the minute we get up – and it goes on and on all through lunch until everyone’s had enough of Christmas songs.
Later on we’ll swap to more of a dinner party playlist with music we like. That’s until we’re had a few cocktails and then we go in the kitchen and get into disco mode...
What songs are on this playlist?
Richard: You name it, it’s probably on there.
We have traditional songs like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Silent Night. I love a bit of nostalgia, too. Singers like Sinatra, Elvis and Nat King Cole always remind me of Christmas.
Sophie: And for the more modern ones – Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses is a good one to get the party started.
Or songs like Fairy Tale of New York. All the stuff you hear a billion times. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them.
Richard: The Feeling sometimes play Christmas shows and we like to cover that one. Our version of Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is You is also quite interesting.
How important is music in your home?
Sophie: Christmas for us wouldn’t be complete without music. Having high quality speakers that are simple and immediate to set up means we spend less time untangling wires and more listening to the music.
For us, every big occasion has to have a soundtrack. Whether it’s the day our kids are born, our wedding, Christmas Day or big family events.
When we have people round, our guests can get involved using Spotify to stream different tracks around the house. It means everybody gets to hear the songs they love.