The John Lewis Christmas Advert Songs Ranked From Worst To Best
Before the 2018 version drops we rank the John Lewis Christmas advert tunes from worst to best.
We don't even have a John Lewis store in Ireland, but that doesn't stop us anticipating and loving or hating the annual advert.
The stylistic Chrimbo adverts started in 2007 but the cover version soundtrack didn't feature until 2008. So, were going to take the Ten from then onwards and rank them.
Do you agree with the list? Is it what you asked from Santa or is it just the ramblings of The Grinch!?
10. Ellie Goulding - 'Your Song'
Before you get your tinsel in a twist, we think the test with any cover is whether it improves the song, brings anything different. I'm afraid the answer here is no. It's an Elton John classic but Ellie's extra wibbly wobbly warbles don't do it justice. (the rumours for 2018 are another Elton classic, 'Rocket Man')
9. Taken By Trees - 'Sweet Child Of Mine'
Lovely video. Gorgeous sentiment. But we aren't ranking the videos just the songs and this doesn't stand up. This cover is opening up a seriously cool wrapping and findging a pair of cosy socks. It's graaaaand.
8. Slow Moving Millie - 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want'
Kudos for getting The Smiths to allow the song, and we presume there was a 'NO TURKEY' clause but this doesn't do anything for us. Might as well just listen to the original.
7. The Unknowns - ‘From Me to You’
Great name for a band, but unfortunately it just means that this Beatles' classic was covered by unnamed John Lewis employees and THAT'S one reason why we love it. It has a simple innocence and stripped back loveliness. It is the first cover used. The Xmas ad before this used music from composer Prokofiev.
6. Aurora - 'Half The World Away'
This time it was Norwegian singer Aurora taking on the Oasis track already a firm fuzzy favourite as the theme to The Royle Family.
5. Gabrielle Aplin - 'Power Of Love'
From Chrimbo 2012, this was the first of the John Lewis covers to go straight to number one. It's a gorgeous vocal from a 20-year-old Gabrielle Aplin.
4. Elbow - 'Golden Slumbers'
Another Beatles' track gets the John Lewis treatment. A safe choice with Elbow and their familiar Guy Garvey vocal twang. The original featured on Abbey Road, maybe that why we're biased and this get in at number four!
3. Lily Allen - 'Somewhere Only We Know'
She excelled with her singing chops on this cover of the Keane original. It took on a life of it's own and is now a staple of Christmas song compilations.
2. Vaults - 'One Day I'll Fly Away'
A stunning take on the Randy Crawford original and just misses top spot. In all honesty this Buster The Boxer advert was not good but the song choice was excellent.
1. Tom Odell - 'Real Love'
MORE BEATLES! This time it's a cover of the beautiful John Lennon ode to love. This has a simplicity that then builds into a crescendo of strings and joy.