1-800 RIFE BELLS RING Playlist

Credit: Grace Shutti

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a playlist so Grace made a Drake inspired soundtrack for  your present-giving, food munching and board game brawls. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we should be listening to Nat King Cole croon something pretty, but instead we’ve all still got ‘Hotline Bling’ on our brain (it may have something to do with this festive jumper).


While we’re sad that Drake hasn’t taken the opportunity to record his own Christmas album, we can only make do and hope hard for next year. Instead, here’s a playlist that embodies each phase of Drake. There’s some hip-hop for when he’s feeling like a boss, soft and soulful tracks because he’s in touch with his emotions and some alternative classics because we know that he likes to stand out from the crowd. If anyone from Boy Better Know reads this, please put out a grime Christmas song. After etching their name on his body, we’re sure all Drake wants for Christmas is exactly that.

Before you enjoy the playlist, here’s a poem from me to you. Merry Christmas.

It’s been a long time and I shouldn’t have left you

Without a festive beat to step to.

So as we near the end of a wonderful year

Here’s a selection from my heart to your ears.

I did my best but couldn’t contest

Drake’s amazing Hotline Bling.

What I give you instead are the tunes in my head

I call it ‘Rife Bells Ring.’

What’s your favourite Christmas song? Let us know #merryrifemas on Twitter and Facebook

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