Christmas songs for a happy holiday
It seems as though all the top stars have released Christmas albums, putting their own spin on our favorite holiday classics. Some renditions work and become integrated into the holiday repertoire, while others simply don’t. Here’s my take on your holiday music playlist.
1. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” John Lennon and Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band: It’s an emblematic Christmas song with a good message so it makes you feel good about yourself and the holiday.
2. “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives: This is such a playful song that you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit.
3. “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby: Released in 1949, this is a classic that has stood the test of time. Crosby paints the ideal image of Christmas – what person wouldn’t dream of such a whimsical holiday?
4. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee: This song is upbeat and bound to bring out your holiday spirit. I have to say, however, that Miley Cyrus’ version is enjoyable as well, adding a bit of a rock-and-roll to this classic.
5. “All I Want For Christmas,” Mariah Carey: This has to be my favorite Christmas song of all time. While alternate versions are enjoyable, Carey’s still reigns supreme.
6. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Jackson 5: This version perfectly marries pop and holiday music. For a rock-and-roll quality version, turn to Bruce Springsteen’s rendition.
7. “The Hanukkah Song,” Adam Sandler: Not to forget about Hanukkah, this song employs a humorous tone to educate people about the Jewish winter holiday. Sandler, himself Jewish, lists some Jews such as Kirk Douglas, James Caan, Harrison Ford (he’s ¼ Jewish) and Goldie Hawn (she’s ½ Jewish). He introduced a Jewish song in the face of the countless Christmas ditties.
8. “Step Into Christmas,” Elton John: This song is a perfect burst of energy to any Christmas playlist.
9. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You),” Nat King Cole: This is another classic that deserves inclusion on any playlist.
10. “Last Christmas,” Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift can do no wrong. Off her Christmas album, “Last Christmas” exemplifies her ability to take a classic and make it her own with great success.
11. “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”: No matter which rendition, these songs are bound to invoke childhood memories of the holidays. Let’s face it: we love these figures and it’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit and smile as we hear these songs.
12. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”: This song is cute and amusing. However, I wouldn’t recommend having this song on repeat, as I’m sure the squeaky chipmunk voices can get quite irksome.