Which musicians have recorded songs for John Lewis Christmas adverts?

Singer-songwriter Lola Young is the latest star to lend their voice to John Lewis’s annual Christmas advert.

The 20-year-old, from south London, has recorded a cover of Together In Electric Dreams, originally released by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder in 1984, to accompany Unexpected Guest – a two-minute tale of a young alien experiencing its first Christmas on Earth.

Previous years have seen big names cover well-loved songs, although in 2018 Sir Elton John featured playing his own track Your Song and last year Celeste was commissioned to create a new track.

Here we look at the best festive John Lewis cover songs since the tradition began in 2008.

– Ellie Goulding covers Your Song by Sir Elton John (2010)

Goulding’s distinctive voice and the track’s minimalist arrangement made this cover of Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin’s well-loved ballad an instant success.

Eight years later, in 2018, Sir Elton himself appeared in the retailer’s Christmas advert, called The Boy And The Piano, which offered up a festive-themed retrospective of the musician’s career.

– Lily Allen covers Somewhere Only We Know by Keane (2013)

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Lily Allen covered Somewhere Only We Know (Ian West/PA)

The Smile hit-maker’s emotive version of rock band Keane’s 2003 hit went straight to number one upon release, the second John Lewis advert song to have done so.

However, its success was overshadowed by comments Allen subsequently made in an interview with Vulture.

She claimed she had been “bullied” into recording the song by her record label, and that she had not received any monetary gain from the single.

The 2013 campaign featured an array of woodland animals in a classical Disney-style setting.

– Tom Odell covers Real Love by The Beatles (2014)

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Tom Odell’s version of Real Love peaked at number seven in the UK singles chart (Isbael Infantes/PA)

Fresh from topping the charts with his debut album Long Way Down, the West Sussex singer-songwriter delivered another chart success with his cover of The Beatles’ Real Love.

One of the Fab Four’s lesser-known tracks, his version of the song peaked at number seven in the UK singles chart.

His gravelly vocals accompanied the tale of Monty, the imaginary friend created by a boy whose favourite toy is a stuffed penguin.

– Aurora covers Half The World Away by Oasis (2015)

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Half The World Away was was first released by Oasis in 1994 (Niall Carson/PA)

Norwegian singer Aurora was chosen to cover Oasis’s Half The World Away, a cult 1994 B-side much loved by fans of the band.

The 2015 advert, The Man On The Moon, showed a young girl who spots a lonely old man on the Moon and decides to send him a telescope to give him a connection to Earth.

The partnership with Age UK had the tagline: “Show someone they’re loved this Christmas.”

However, Aurora’s offering failed to boost her profile in the UK.

– Elbow cover Golden Slumbers by The Beatles (2017)

The Mancunian band’s melancholic offering accompanied the story of a friendship between a seven-year-old boy called Joe and the imaginary monster under his bed, Moz.

Moz eventually realises that their late nights must end when he sees the toll they are taking on Joe. Joe wakes on Christmas morning to find a clumsily wrapped present of a night light under the tree.

– Celeste writes and records an original song (2020)

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Celeste went on to score a number one album (Ian West/PA)

In a step away from tradition, the retail giant commissioned the 27-year-old British-Jamaican singer to produce a new track, titled A Little Love.

Her voice was the soundtrack to a campaign which focused on acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic.