Advent song for December 15: Joel The Lump Of Coal

Welcome to the Killers’ 2014 Christmas effort, with a video directed by Jimmy Kimmel and a story that lands somewhere between Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Ugly Duckling, which makes it both extremely Christmassy and very sad, but not if you can bear to hang in there until the end. If you can’t be bothered to follow the story just enjoy the animations and the Christmas jumpers, both of which are top notch.

Advent song for December 3: Boots

Did you know that for years and years The Killers released a charity single every Christmas? When I was compiling this list I spent a happy hour comparing them all, and narrowing it down was a tough job, partly because the videos are at least as good as the songs (and sometimes better). What I like best about The Killers is that I never know how much of anything is a joke.

For today’s pick I’ve gone for Boots, from 2010, partly because it has a singalong chorus, excellent drums and East 17-esque bells, and rhymes “television” with “kitchen”, but mostly because I love the video, which is the most Vegas thing you’ll ever see, if you are looking for the Vegas beyond Elvis and wedding chapels. It looks like scenes from a film but it isn’t, and I have no idea what’s actually going on in it, although the fact that it stars Brad Prowly (aka Super Bad Brad), a much-loved New York City street performer, sort of gives us a vague nod at a plot, if you squint. But don’t squint too hard, otherwise you’ll miss Brandon Flowers singing on a roof overlooking the Strip at sunset, and that’s a sight we should all feast our eyes on as often as possible.