Christmas is approaching quickly, and while some holiday songs are worth toasting marshmallows to, others should be tossed in the fire.
While we can’t provide a "best of" list for fruit cake recipes (there isn't one) we can provide one for holiday songs. Below are our top 10, essential holiday songs you should be listening to this month. From classic (Elvis
’ "Blue Christmas") to classless (Chipmunks
"Christmas Song") we’ve got it covered:
1. Mariah Carey
– All I Want For Christmas is You
Yes, we know this is played practically every minute on the radio. But we don’t care how many times we hear it – it always puts us in a happy mood. The sleigh bells? The rambunctious laughter of Mariah Carey’s early years? If you can’t get into the holiday spirit while listening to this classic, consider yourself a soulless monster.
2. Bon Jovi
– Please Come Home For Christmas
Take it down a notch with this smooth, reflective number as Bon Jovi delivers a soulful rendition of "Please Come Home for Christmas." Whether you’re missing someone or just pretending, this song contains the perfect blend of holiday angst and endearing loneliness. Although, we think Bon Jovi could deliver a soulful rendition of Metallica’s
"Kill ‘em All" so we might be a little biased.
3. Adam Sandler
– Chanukah Song
It doesn’t matter if you’re Muslim, Christian, or Jewish, the Chanukah song is one everyone can enjoy. Whether you think the lyrics are clever or laughable, you can’t help but get caught up in Sandler’s ridiculous performance. His goofy singing helps to propel this into the top 10 of holiday sing alongs.
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks
- The Christmas Song
Whether you’re 5 or 50, the "Chipmunk Christmas Song" can be appreciated as a melodic masterpiece, touching the heart and redefining the human spirit. OK, so this one may not be winning a Grammy anytime soon but come on, what song is more fun!?
5. Mavis Staples
– Christmas Vacation
Mavis who? You’ve heard it every Christmas. Clark Griswold and his family embark on what becomes the funniest movie of the holidays. "Christmas Vacation" is the opening song in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
. The cartoon Santa Claus accompanying this opening number is a perfect fit for the cat frying, RV driving and lingerie buying characters who await.
6. Elvis Presley
– Blue Christmas
It may not have us celebrating with merriment, but "Blue Christmas" is sung with such heartfelt conviction we can’t help but get wrapped up in temporary (but enjoyable) melancholy. Short and sweet, Elvis delivers this snap a long song as only the King can.
7. Jose Feliciano
– Feliz Navidad
Only know the chorus of “I want to wish you a merry Christmas?” It’s OK, that’s all we know too. With "Feliz Navidad," that’s all you need. The rest of the song serves to get you excited about the chorus. By the time it arrives, you want to shout it from your rooftop.
8. Bruce Springsteen
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
There are very few Christmas songs that can pull off rock. Springsteen’s "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is one of them. By the end of this song, you’ll not only believe in Santa Claus, you’ll be wondering when he’s stopping by.
9. Albert Hague
(Lyrics by Dr. Seuss) – You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
The lyrics alone make this song worth buying with lines like, “You have termites in your smile” and “Your heart is full of unwashed socks.” If you’re looking for something a bit more adventuresome, watch the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas
with your family and have a sip of alcohol each time the word “who” is uttered. *Starpulse not responsible for any blackouts that may occur.
10. Bobby Helms
– Jingle Bell Rock
This one is a no-brainer. "Jingle Bell Rock" will have you drinking eggnog through a funnel. The song is instructing you to rock the night away and go riding in a one-horse open sleigh, what’s not to love? This one is a good choice to have in the background as you open presents. Because if you’re opening socks, do you really want to be doubly depressed?
Story by Colin Balfe
Starpulse contributing writer