2021 will be my 20th Carols and there probably isn’t a Christmas Carol or song I don’t know. I absolutely love Christmas and always have. I love everything about it - putting up and decorating the tree, buying Christmas present, attending Christmas parties, although I do very little of that as I’m too busy in the lead up to Carols and being from Melbourne, I’m away for at least a week before Carols.

Christmas Day I usually fall asleep after lunch because I’m so tired from Carols. The day is spent with my husband and my family, including my brother, sister-in-law and nephew and niece. I cook the turkey and do the potatoes. We start with prawns and smoked salmon and finish with plum pudding. And of course, our dog Barkly has a special Christmas outfit every year.

Here's some of my favourite Christmas songs and Carols, I hope you enjoy them!

Shauna Kane, Executive Producer

My favourite Christmas songs

Grown Up Christmas List

I have always loved this song. I think it takes me back to being a little girl at Christmas. It was all so exciting and magical.

Driving Home for Christmas

I think this is a really underrated Christmas song. Troy Cassar-Daley performed it one year and our Audio Director, Simmo, was beside himself because he loves this song.

Last Christmas

I know it’s a bit cheesy but who doesn’t love to sing along to Wham?

Please Come Home for Christmas

I am a huge Eagles fan, so they have to make my list.

One Little Christmas Tree

I’ve always loved Stevie Wonder and this is such a beautiful Christmas song. When I listen to it I see that one little Christmas tree so tiny and small. I find it inspirational.

Sleigh Ride

This song makes me happy. I would love to go on sleigh ride. I spent one Christmas in London and was praying for snow, but it didn’t come.

Santa Baby

A cheeky and fun Christmas song I love Samantha Jade’s version. Samantha is a huge part of Carols and while I remember all her performances over the years, it’s Sammi’s incredible dresses that come to mind. Some of them have been bigger than Sammi herself!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This is another song that makes me happy. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and we’ve performed this song many times on Carols. From Todd McKenney to Lucy Durack and Hans the German. I did love Hans performing it.

Merry Christmas Baby

This live version of Bruce Springsteen performing Merry Christmas baby just makes me want to get up and dance and party.

Run Rudolph Run

Originally recorded by Chuck Berry, I love Kelly Clarkson’s version of it. If you want to get up and rock, this is the Christmas song for you.

The Little Drummer Boy

Shannon Noll, along with The Drummer Queens, performed this last year and it was an absolute highlight of the show for me.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

It’s a classic and has been covered by so many great singers – Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and in more recent times Michael Buble. I had to include Michael’s version in my playlist!

Winter Wonderland

I just can’t go past Tony Bennett’s version of this song. While it’s summer in Australia, who can’t imagine sitting in front of an open fire and listening to Christmas songs about snow.

Silver Bells

I love all the old crooners and love this version of Silver Bells by Dean Martin.

One Wish (For Christmas)

This is not a well known Christmas song, but I love it and I love Whitney Houston. Without a doubt she has one of the greatest voices of all time.

All I Want for Christmas Is You

Now one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, who doesn’t love a bit of Mariah!

Happy Christmas (War is Over)

While not a traditional Christmas song, this song from John Lennon is a reminder that we need to live in a world with no wars and peace.

For the kids


Aussie Aussie Christmas

All the kids’ Christmas songs are international and often about winter and snow. Amber Lawrence has written a ripper of a song here and I just love the lyrics. “There’s more prawns than potatoes, more flies and mosquitos than presents under the tree” and “Santa’s got board shorts on, zinc on his nose and sand between his toes.” Amber sang this on last year’s Carols and the whole office used to sing a long to it. You can’t help it.

Here Come the Reindeer and Go Santa Go

The Wiggles have been a part of Carols since before I started. They are amazing and Australian icons. During the concert,I’m in the Outside Broadcast truck and the biggest cheer from the crowd is always for The Wiggles. We’ve had some huge stars on Carols and I promise you I’ve never heard bigger applause than when The Wiggles come on stage. Everybody loves them and when they sing these two songs everyone is up and dancing and doing all the actions. It’s so beautiful seeing the kids’ faces and funny watching grown ups do the dance.

My favourite carols


O Come All Ye Faithful

One of my favourite traditional Carols, we often open the show with this. I love this version by Josh Groban. We were fortunate to have Josh live on Carols many years ago and he was incredible. What a voice.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

I love a big Carol and a big sing and there’s no bigger Carol and no bigger voice than Mark Vincent singing this.

The Holy City (Jerusalem)

Mark Vincent has been on every Carols, except one when he was overseas touring with Katherine Jenkins. He had just turned 16 when he first appeared and is now a married man with a beautiful son. Mark has grown up in front of our eyes and I feel like his surrogate Mum. I even went to his wedding, which was an amazing day and an Italian feast. There is no-one who sings The Holy City better than Mark and when he performs it at Carols I still get goose bumps.

The First Noel

I loved the television series Glee and they put out a few Christmas albums. This is a beautiful version of The First Noel.

O Holy Night

This is a stunning Carol, but you have to have some pipes to take on this one. One of my favourite versions is Carrie Underwood. She’s an incredible singer.

Away in a Manger

One of my favourite Carols, this version by Susan Boyle is stunning.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Mary J Blige is another of my favourite singers and her version of this Carol is sublime.

Silent Night

You cannot go past the beautiful Silent Night and I love looking at the shots of sleeping babies and children when this song is performed.