Soundtrack Of My Christmas: Robbie Williams

Pop star and chilled-out entertainer

The best song for ‘avin a mad one on Christmas Eve

The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York

“That’s the go-to song because I’ve been there and done it. I haven’t had a drink for 18 years, so when I did drink, ‘Fairytale Of New York’ was indicative of very boozy nights in a pub in Stoke-on-Trent. [Sobriety] is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? I do miss ’avin’ it (without the H), but only occasionally. It’s like four seconds of, ‘Aw, it would be good if could get off my head’, but then it disappears.”

The best song for reflecting on the year

Elbow – ‘One Day Like This’

“Am I a reflective person? I dwell on resentments and that’s about it. I’ve got quite a few of those, but I try to get myself out of that thinking as quickly as possible. I’m practising that, because I’m 43 and I realise that those sorts of things have to be dropped or you carry them around with you for the rest of your life.”

The song I wind down with

Frank Sinatra – ‘My Way’

“It’s the song that I finish every show with. It’s a good trick because it’s like, ‘I’m going now to have some cheese and pickle sandwiches.’”

The best song for acting out at charades

Danny Kaye – ‘How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life?’

“This used to be the longest song title that ever existed; I’m not sure if it still is. If you give somebody that, they’re f**ked.”

The song to drown out your relatives

Rage Against The Machine – ‘Killing In The Name’

“‘F**k you, I won’t do what you tell me!’ says everything, doesn’t it? People say that you become stunted at the age you were when you became famous. I was 16, so that says it all really. And I’ve had kids!”

The best Christmas song ever

The Pogues – ‘Fairytale Of New York’

“This goes in twice because it’s not just the best Christmas song ever – I think it’s one of the best songs ever, full stop. You’re never going to hear this song at four in the morning. When that song plays, it’s around 11 so you’re in good spirits. Nothing good ever happens after half three in the morning.”

The best song for stuffing the turkey

The Spice Girls – ‘Spice Up Your Life’

“I once said, ‘I am the only man who can say he’s been in Take That and at least two members of the Spice Girls.’ I do my best to downplay it, but I always end up adding fuel to the fire, adding an extra bit that gets me in trouble with the husbands. I genuinely love the Spice Girls, but I have to hide from them in TV stations.”

The best Christmas karaoke song

Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

“I’m a sucker for a Christmas song. I never get bored of them and I love nearly all of them. This was the first one I heard this year. It’s a banger. I hated Christmas for a long time. Christmas with me was: instead of buying two grams, you bought six. So Christmas signified me making a mess of things. But my wife is American and she goes in a great deal for the holidays. She’s imbued with the spirit of Christmas and it’s catching.”