One thing I LOVE about Christmas time is listening to the music. All the old hymns are such a great reminder of the reason for this season and the songs of Christmases long ago make me think of my sweet little grandparents and great grandparents celebrating with friends and just enjoying life. As an eighties child, I have fond memories of Christmas music from the 80s and 90s and today even boasts some great songs and remakes of old ones. Here is my top 10 list (although 10 was such a hard number to stop at) of all time Christmas songs. I even added some links so you could check them out yourself and see if you agree.
Ok, so I didn’t do such a great job getting down to only ten songs. Fifteen was really, really hard. So I included five extras in my honorable mentions. These include ‘N SYNC’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – remember what I said about being an 80’s kid? This is a throwback to those days. No, I wasn’t one of those girls gaga over all the 80’s boy bands, but I just always loved this song. Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town – the BOSS! This is such a fun Christmas classic, and yet another throwback to my 80s. Wham’s Last Christmas – I always loved George Michael (Faith, Freedom, Careless Whisper….) His voice was just mesmerizing and this broken-hearted Christmas song just made me want to give him a hug and hope he felt better. Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time – what can I say? Paul McCartney! He’s amazing! I love the synthesized sound in this song. It just says 80’s and Christmas. The Carpenters’ Merry Christmas, Darling – ok, this is PRE-80s. I know it’s before my time, but my momma raised me on The Carpenters and Karen will always be one of my faves!
Now on to the TOP 10! I included some links to my favorites. Click on the links to listen on YouTube. Click on the picture to buy for your personal library. Enjoy!
# 10 – John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over)
This is always one of the first Christmas songs I hear each year. It signals the beginning of the Christmas season for me. When that song comes on the radio, bring on the snow and cold and let’s put up a tree! Although I’m not an “Xmas” fan. I just call it “And So This is CHRISTmas.”
Listen to Happy Xmas
# 9 – Bing Crosby’s White Christmas
Iconic! This song IS Christmas music. This is a song that immediately pops into my mind when I hear the word Christmas. It’s an oldie but a goodie and it is one of my favorite old standbys.
# 8 – Michael Buble’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
I love, Love, LOVE Michael Buble. My daughter MJ is named after him. (Lol – KIDDING! Coach’s middle name is Michael. But that’s 2 great Michaels!) His voice is so soothing and calm. His Christmas album is a great one to listen to to just mellow our in front of the fire.
# 7 – Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You
This song has several different versions. But c’mon – Mariah Carey! Whose could be better than hers?! Am I right?! This chick has got the pipes! And she really let’s them shine on this fun song. It’s a definite for dancing through the house and decorating for Christmas.
# 6 – Andy Williams’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
This Christmas song is legendary. You can’t have Christmas without it! And, as far as I’m concerned, no one sings it like Andy! He had the voice of an angel. The melody just rolled off of his tongue like butter. An all-time classic.
#5 – Kenny G’s Let It Snow
Now, this was HARD! Kenny G’s album “Faith” is probably my favorite Christmas album. I have had it for years and still pull it out every year. There is not a song on there I do not like. It’s the smoothest, most relaxing album in the whole, wide world! (Not even exaggerating.) It was so hard to choose a favorite. I decided on this one because it is still soothing and relaxing, but it is upbeat and makes you smile. It’s a great tribute to an amazing holiday.
#s 3 & 4 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells and Christmas Canon
I tried to choose one of these and just couldn’t do it. I HAD to have them both in the top ten. These are both fun and happy. Carol of the Bells is lively and is the backdrop to light shows nation-wide. You can’t hardly hear it without picturing blinking lights and flashing colors. It makes me feel jolly every time I hear it. Christmas Canon is just hypnotic. The music is haunting and relaxing. Then, when you add in the angelic voices of children, it just melts your heart.
# 2 – Pentatonix’s Little Drummer Boy
Oh my! This is one of my absolute favorites! No one does Little Drummer Boy like Pentatonix! I am such a fan of their music. I watched them on Season 3 of The Sing-Off and knew, from the first episode, they had it in the bag. They are just amazing! And their rendition of The Little Drummer Boy has such a great beat. The background harmonies are captivating, and the harmonies are SO tight. I cannot say enough about it. I just LOVE it! If you have not heard it, GO! NOW! 😉
#1 – O Holy Night Mariah Carey
O Holy Night is the greatest Christmas song ever! What a reverent piece written about the birth of our Savior! It is a timeless classic, that, hands down, has the most hypnotizing melody. It is pure and simple, yet absolutely incredible and wonderful. And nobody does it like Mariah Carey. I love Josh Groban’s, Carrie Underwoods’s, Celine Dion’s, Twila Paris’s, and David Phelps’s versions. Honestly, I’ve never heard a professional version I didn’t like and have heard many great versions sung in churches as well. But when Mariah Carey applies the pipes to this song, I just bawl. It’s incredible. There really aren’t words to describe the feeling and the passion I feel when I hear this version.
Well, that’s my (very hard to narrow down) ten + favorites. I’m sure we can all agree that nothing puts a smile on your face like a good Christmas song. Now your turn. What are some of your favorites?