At last, Christmas is upon us once more: a time when even the kings of scrooges bask in the warm glow of the most joyful time of year, a time when childhood memories of holidays spent with family put a smile on your face, and a time when it feels like you just can’t escape the endless stream of Christmas music. While tiresome at times, Christmas music is one of the most effective ways to get in the spirit while away from family and home, so here are some classics that are bound to get you in the holiday spirit!
10. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms is a fun tune that you’ve probably heard many versions of. Trust me, this is the only one you need. Helms' voice is one in a million, and simply cannot be replaced in this song.
9. “White Christmas” is another classic that has gone through plenty of remakes over the years. Take a listen to Michael Buble’s rendition with Shania Twain & Naturally 7. Buble’s voice is so smooth you can feel the eggnog running down your throat. Check out Buble’s entire Christmas album if you get the chance!
8. “Run Rudolph Run” performed by Chuck Berry is so fun and upbeat, you’ll want to run right alongside Rudolph as he carts Santa around on Christmas Eve. The guitar gives a lighter feel than most traditional music, so this will be a welcome change to your holiday playlist.
7. “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Astaire really brings you back to your childhood. The cheerful song at the end of the classic movie makes you yearn for your younger years when you could hit the notes sung by the children’s choir that accompanies Astaire.
6. “Carol of the Bells” is a must-have for the holiday season. But two very different versions by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and The Piano Guys both deserve recognition. The popularized Orchestra rendition is dramatic and a true showstopper. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key but still musically interesting, The Piano Guys arrangement for 12 cellos will more than fit the bill.
5. “Winter Wonderland” as sung by Aretha Franklin is truly beautiful. Her feminine voice but unique tone makes this rendition particularly lovely, and it's perfect for watching the snow fall while sipping coco.
4. “Let it Snow!” has more than its fair share of fantastic arrangements and renditions. However, nothing can really compare to Dean Martin’s version. His voice is smooth like velvet and puts a smile on your face.
3. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is another classic with plenty of remakes. While not exclusively a Christmas tune, this duet is witty and gets everyone singing along. Again, you just can’t beat the classic version with Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer.
2. “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” comes together in a really special arrangement by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. This passing of the torch from one era to another is tantalizing to any music aficionado, but anyone can hear the beauty in this song.
1. “The Christmas Song” as sung by Nat King Cole simply must be on your Christmas playlist at least once, if not multiple times. If you get tired of this song, check your pulse; no person with a heartbeat can help but swoon to this crooner’s voice as he puts the works on a true classic.