Listen to BBMak's Holiday-Tinged #TBT Mixtape
#TBT Mixtape is Billboard's series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from BBMak. The British pop trio -- comprised of Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally -- first debuted back in 1999 with the release of their debut single "Back Here." The pop-rock hit quickly propelled the lads to an international audience, where the boy band stood out in a crowded genre by playing their own instruments live. Billboard even named “Back Here” the 9th Greatest Boy Band Song of All Time in the 100 song ranking earlier this year.
After a 15 year hiatus, the group is back with the recent announcement of a forthcoming third studio LP set for 2019, as well as their first full tour in 16 years. The band partnered with PledgeMusic for the as-yet-untitled project's roll-out, offering up exclusive items like signed merchandise, handwritten lyric sheets, one-of-a-kind polaroids of the band and more. They also spread some holiday cheer last week (Dec. 17) with the release of a cover of Nat King Cole's classic "The Christmas Song."
To fete their return and upcoming major comeback , BBMak are looking back with this week's #TBT Mixtape, capturing a bevy of holiday anthems new and old, curated by vocalist Christian Burns.
"Here is a selection of Christmas songs that I was brought up with year after year when I was a nipper. A couple of Paul McCartney songs in here -- as a child I absolutely loved anything that Paul McCartney did. I remember one Christmas I got a little radio as a gift and before the times of MP3s and Spotify I would take the radio to bed and search through all the frequencies until I found a station that was playing Paul McCartney. “Pipes Of Peace” is one of my all time fave Christmas songs," Burns explains.
"A good mixture of songs here: some very old ones like Bing Crosby -- he is a staple in my parents’ house at Christmas -- and some much newer songs, including 'Christmas Time' by 10 Reasons to Live, which is Ste [from BBMak]’s other project. He played it for me a few years ago and it’s been a staple on the Burns Christmas playlist ever since," Burns adds.
There's also a brand new one from Burns' other project, All Hail the Silence, called "Christmas Upon Winter Hill." "This is a very special song for me, as I wrote it with my dad and got to sing it in the studio with both my parents," he says. "All these songs hold a very special place in my heart and I hope they fill you as full of the Christmas spirit as they do me. Merry Christmas from me and the BBMak boys."
Give the nostalgic set a spin and also check out some retro snaps of Burns & Co. below.