Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spread good tidings and cheer than with good ol’ Christmas tunes? On this Christmas Day, my gift to you (in no particular order) is a list of 10 all-time christmas classics to add to your playlist, if it isn’t on there already!
1. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
This 1994 Christmas love song is a classic earworm complete with bell chimes, heavy backup vocals and synthesizers. Written and produced by Mariah Carey herself, it is no wonder the song is considered one of the most critically acclaimed Christmas songs of all time. It was even nominated for two World Music Awards for Best Song and Best Video!
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Rascal Flatts
This slow country number is a soothing rendition to Bing Crosby’s original I’ll Be Home for Christmas, that is meant to convey the sentiments of a soldier at war in the time of World War II who longs to be with his family for the holidays. Rascal Flatt’s slow-crooning 2009 version was released in 2009 . It makes it feel like carolers on the front porch, featuring lead singer Gary LeVox in an acapella vocal, joined by the trademark harmonies of bandmates Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney in their signature harmony blend.
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5’s version of this song is the hit single from their first studio Christmas album in 1970 that remains a popular choice during the Christmas season through the years. The album spent four weeks of Billboard’s Christmas album chart in 1970 and was also the best-selling Christmas album of that year. With a young Michael Jackson’s energetic voice and that Motown feel, it comes to no surprise that the album has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide!
4. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble
Canadian crooner Michael Buble’s rendition of It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas is part of his seventh studio album Christmas. The album, released in 2011 is Buble’s second Christmas album and third chart topper. His rendition of Meredith Wilson’s song is equal parts nostalgic and upbeat, giving a nice balance to the tune.
5. Last Christmas by Wham!
Released by pop duo Wham! in 1984, Last Christmas is not your typical Christmas song. Written and composed by George Michael, the song tells of the disappointment in unrequited love that’s accompanied by a happy rhythm. It continues to perform well years after its release, appearing on Billboard charts as recent as 2017. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Wham! donated all the proceeds from the release of this single to the Ethiopian famine in 1984.
6. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
This country song that talks of rock and roll was recorded in 1958 by mature-sounding 13-year old Brenda Lee. It has since been a huge success with over 25 million copies sold and is also the 4th most digitally-downloaded Christmas single. Numerous artists have also covered the song since and it has also served as background music for various Christmas themed films.
7. Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix
Pentatonix lends a new edge to the 1941 classic about a little drummer boy who is summoned by the Magi to the Nativity of Jesus. Without a gift for the infant the little drummer boy played his drum with Jesus' mother, Mary's approval; recalling, "I played my best for Him" and "He smiled at me." With a steady bass beat but varying harmonizations and a mix of tempo, the song features on the acapella group’s Christmas album that was released in 2013.
8. Silent Night by Kenny G
A cover of the 1818 traditional hymn Stille Nachte, this smooth jazzy rendition of Silent Night by American saxophonist Kenny G appears on his 1994 album Miracles: The Holiday Album. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200, Contemporary Jazz Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts that year. It was also the overall best selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States in 1994 and 1996. What better quality track to play for a quiet Christmas night in?
9. The First Noel by NSYNC
Christmas would not be complete without a tune from the 90s American boy band we all know and love. The First Noel is a track from NSYNC’s second studio album Home for Christmas that was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA for shipment of two million copies in the United States. The album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide and in September 2002 was released in the United Kingdom as The Meaning of Christmas with an altered track listing.
10. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
Written in 1953 and performed by songstress Eartha Kitt, Santa Baby is a tongue-in-cheek play on a woman’s Christmas list that includes extravagant gifts such as yachts, sables and Tiffany decorations. Recorded with a full orchestra, the song is oozes sexuality and is a little bit on the naughty side as far as Christmas songs go.
From boy bands to saxophones, there is something for everybody, so add these to your playlist if you haven’t already to diversify your holiday cheer!
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