The release of John Lewis’ annual Christmas advert has become a festive tradition in the UK – and a reminder to get a move with buying presents! Since 2007, the British department-store chain have taken viewers on emotional journeys through their adverts; we’ve seen beautifully crafted stories of snowmen in love, lonely penguins and adorable children. The adverts wouldn’t be complete without their soundtracks, providing us with some stunning and moving cover versions. Over the last decade, the best John Lewis Christmas advert songs have followed a simple pattern: take a classic track, slow it down a bit, make it more emotional by adding some strings or an orchestra and you’re sorted – you’ve got yourself a tearjerker.
We’ve re-watched every John Lewis Christmas advert from 2008 and have compiled a list of our ten best John Lewis Christmas advert songs so far.
10: Vaults: One Day I’ll Fly Away (2016)
London-based trio Vaults covered the jazz standard One Day I’ll Fly Away in 2016, to accompany the story of Buster The Boxer – a dog desperate to experience the joys of jumping on a trampoline. The advert was one of the most popular for John Lewis, who went on to sell soft toys for charity following its release, but, compared to Randy Crawford’s original, Vaults’ version doesn’t reach the heights of Buster on his trampoline. It peaked at No.53, the poorest UK chart performance of any of the John Lewis Christmas advert songs; less than a year after the advert’s release, Vaults called it quits.