John Lewis' Christmas advert song has broken with a long-standing tradition

Megan Sutton
·2-min read
Photo credit: John Lewis
Photo credit: John Lewis

From Good Housekeeping

John Lewis & Partners is a brand that knows how to get us all in the mood for Christmas with its beautiful festive adverts.

Over the years, the John Lewis Christmas ads have become an important feature of the British Christmas period, not least because of their soundtracks.

The retailer has a reputation for going with whimsical, acoustic versions of hit songs to accompany its festive storytelling - and it's not unusual for these covers to be played frequently on British radio, or even make it into the charts.

This year, the brand is breaking with tradition and featuring a newly-commissioned song in its ad, rather than a stripped-back cover of a popular tune.

Written and recorded by British soul singer, Celeste, the song is called ‘A Little Love’. Last year, she won a Brit Award and in January this year she was crowned BBC Music’s Sound of 2020. Every time the track is downloaded Celeste and her record label Polydor will make a 10p donation to the campaign.

Listen to the song here in the John Lewis Christmas 2020 advert:

While we're getting in the festive advert spirit, we can look back on previous years to remind ourselves of soundtracks gone by...

  • 2008 - Anon 'From Me to You' (originally by The Beatles)

  • 2009 - Taken by Trees 'Sweet Child o' Mine' (originally by Guns N' Roses)

  • 2010 - Ellie Goulding 'Your Song' (originally by Elton John)

  • 2011 - Slow Moving Millie 'Please, Please, Please, Let me Get What I Want' (originally by The Smiths)

  • 2012 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love' (originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

  • 2013 - Lily Allen 'Somewhere Only We Know' (originally by Keane)

  • 2014 - Tom Odell 'Real Love' (originally by John Lennon)

  • 2015 - Aurora 'Half The World Away' (originally by Oasis)

  • 2016 - Vaults 'One Day I'll Fly Away' (originally by Randy Crawford)

  • 2017 - Elbow 'Golden Slumbers' (originally by The Beatles)

  • 2018 - Elton John 'Your Song'

  • 2019 - Bastille 'Can't Fight this Feeling' (originally by REO Speedwagon)

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