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All the John Lewis Christmas advert songs

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It isn’t Christmas until the John Lewis Christmas advert hits our screens.

Every year, Brits eagerly await the release of the new campaign, which never disappoints to bring a tear to the eye of even the grinchiest of Scrooges.

Since 2007, the British department-store chain has taken viewers on emotional journeys through their adverts; we’ve seen beautifully crafted stories of snowmen in love, bouncing boxers, and an old man on the moon.

The iconic adverts are always accompanied by a, typically an acoustic cover of a classic tune.

This year’s galactic-themed offering is set to a celestial cover of Together In Electric Dreams, originally released by The Human League’s Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder in 1984.

So, with the 2021 instalment finally here, looks back at all the songs used in the John Lewis Christmas adverts.

All the John Lewis Christmas advert songs

2007: Romeo & Juliet

John Lewis had Christmas adverts before 2007, but this year marked the first time that the retailer had attempted to tell a story in their campaign, and so is often cited as the first proper John Lewis Christmas advert.

The one-minute video shows a group of people stacking a pile of gifts including a desktop lamp, a computer, and a leather satchel in an empty room.

The finished product ends up creating a shadow that looks like a woman walking her dog through the snow, accompanied by the tagline: ‘Whoever you’re looking for this Christmas.’

John Lewis opted for a piece of classical music to accompany this advert.

The song you hear is Aubade, part of Romeo & Juliet by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev – no slowed-down cover of an ’80s classic bop in sight.

2008: From Me To You

This was the first year John Lewis used a cover of a song, and the first of two times that a Beatles tune is used.

The soundtrack is a cover of The Beatles’ From Me To You recorded for the campaign by John Lewis employees – how adorable.

Culminating in the tagline: ‘If you know the person, you’ll find the present’, the advert shows a succession of characters followed by a matching gift.

However, this advert was met with critiques of being a bit boring, and so the John Lewis marketing team really cranked it up the following year.

2009: Sweet Child O’ Mine

The 2011 campaign shows a young boy impatiently counting down to Christmas, with Slow Moving Mollie’s cover of Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths playing in the background.

His parents – and everyone at home – assumed that he was just eagerly awaiting to open his presents.

However, in a dramatic twist, it turned out that the boy’s real motivation for watching the clock was to give presents to his parents.

If that isn’t enough to make you cry then, frankly, you’re a regular old Scrooge who deserves to be visited by every ghost going.

2012: The Power of Love (The Journey)

The 2012 instalment saw a brave snowman traverse mountains and motorways to get to a shop to buy his snow girlfriend a scarf to keep her warm.

It’s enough to thaw a frozen heart.

The soundtrack is Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of The Power Of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and the tagline is: ‘Give a little more love this Christmas.’

The song was the first John Lewis track that reached number one in the singles chart.

2013: Somewhere Only We Know (The Bear and the Hare)

The 2013 advert was an animated tale that opened with the line: ‘There was once an animal who had never seen Christmas.’

It goes on to show the friendship between a bear and a hare until the bear departs to hibernate when snow starts to fall.

The hare thinks of the perfect Christmas present for the bear, an alarm clock to allow him to wake up and experience Christmas.

Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know accompanies the advert – it went on to become her third number one UK hit, and has been stuck in our heads ever since.

2014: Real Love (Monty The Penguin)

The 2014 installment features a Tom Odell cover of John Lennon’s Real Love.

Monty the penguin wants nothing more than to find love at Christmas.

It turns out that Monty is the stuffed toy of a little boy, who goes out of his way to help his feathered friend’s wish come true.

On Christmas morning, Monty can’t believe his eyes as his perfect penguin partner waits for him under the Christmas tree.

It’s just a shame the following year’s advert didn’t feature any baby penguins.

2015: Half The World Away (The Man on the Moon)

Get your tissues out – even thinking of this one makes us well up.

The 2015 advert, widely seen as one of the best that John Lewis has offered over the years, shows a young girl who spots a lonely old man on the moon.

The girl, in the style of Disney Pixar’s infamous 2009 tearjerker Up, sends him a telescope tied to a bouquet of balloons to give him a connection to Earth.

The partnership with Age UK had the tagline: ‘Show someone they’re loved this Christmas.’

The marketing team then turned the heartbreak factor up to 11 by playing Aurora’s cover of Half The World Away by Oasis in the background.

Who hurt you, John Lewis?

2016: One Day I’ll Fly Away (Buster The Boxer)

The 2016 edition of the John Lewis advert was accompanied by a cover of Randy Crawford’s One Day I’ll Fly Away by electronic trio Vaults.

It followed a boxer named Buster, who makes a break for the new Christmas trampoline after having to suffer watching foxes, a badger, squirrels, and a hedgehog trying it out first.

Buster lived his best life in a hilarious trampolining scene.

But don’t worry – no animals were hurt in the making of the iconic advert as the bouncing scenes were done through clever CGI.

2017: Golden Slumbers (Moz the Monster)

The 2017 ad saw an unlikely friendship develop between seven-year-old Joe and his imaginary monster under the bed, Moz, based on a mutual love of late-night Scalextric and piggyback games.

Moz eventually realises that their late nights must end when he sees the toll they are taking on Joe.

Joe woke on Christmas morning to find a clumsily wrapped present of a night light under the tree.

I’m not crying, you are.

The trailer was set to a cover of Beatles song Golden Slumbers by Manchester band Elbow.

Kids across the UK were treated to their own Mozs (Mozes? Mozzs?)- thankfully, not in the form of 7ft monsters, but more reasonably-sized plushies sold at John Lewis.

2018: Your Song (The Boy And The Piano)

Move over John Lewis, there’s another famous John in town.

Your Song made a triumphant return in 2018, this time sung by Sir Elton John himself.

The Christmas campaign took its first celebrity turn by making Elton John the star of this ad, with a festive-tinged retrospective of his life and career.

The advert opens with the superstar tapping out the opening notes to Your Song, his first major hit, and ends with the four-year-old Elton running down the stairs on Christmas morning and unwrapping his grandmother’s gift of her piano.

The video got Brits up and down the country ready to step into Christmas.

2019: Can’t Fight This Feeling (Excitable Edgar)

The 2019 advert tells the story of a baby dragon called Edgar who loves Christmas just a little too much.

In fact, so much so that he ends up almost ruining it for the village where he lives.

Honestly? Same.

Luckily for Edgar, his human friend Ava is on standby to save the day.

The advert, the first in partnership with Waitrose, was set to a recording of REO Speedwagon’s Can’t Fight This Feeling by Dan Smith from the band Bastille.

Despite the advert seemingly being set in medieval England during the winter, it was actually filled in Budapest in the middle of August.

Aside from the ad’s fire-breathing hero, it also features a cast of around 100 extras, while the role of Ava is played by 10-year-old Glasgow native Ruby Dailly.

2020: Give A Little Love

Last year’s campaign focused on acts of kindness during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The stripped-back advert was a departure from the blockbuster clips of previous years and consisted of a series of short stories, all depicting random acts of kindness and released to mark National Kindness Day.

The ad featured a new song written and performed by singer Celeste – the first time an original song was used in a John Lewis Christmas campaign.

Twitter users took to the social media platform to share their admiration for the show the second it dropped, saying that it ‘sums up 2020 perfectly’.

Not just by the fact that kindness was integral to the UK getting through the pandemic – but also due to the fact that the characters had some pretty questionable haircuts.

Credit: Original article published here.

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