Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas Songs Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'

Day 7 and today I have chosen Gabrielle Aplin's version of 'The Power of Love'.

Now this is a great song already - notably the great Frankie Goes to Hollywood version which reached number 1 back in 1984. Whilst noone can deny the brilliance of the original, this respectful cover version also reached number 1 in the UK singles chart when it was released in 2012.

Unlike the original Frankie version, Gabrielle gave this song a haunting, beautiful feel when her version was recorded for John Lewis Christmas advert that year. She has such a sweet, pure and innocent voice. Its a hair on the back of your neck moment when you hear her vocals kick in.

As a relatively unknown artist before this, she will now always be up there with the best of the Christmas songs. This is a beautiful version, but I still live the old one too.

So there we have song number 7.

Here are my previous choices:

Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

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