Nothing gets me more in the festive mood than giving my ears a little treat with some holiday classics. Whether it’s a song from one of my favourite holiday movies, or just a radio chart topper, music has a way of triggering emotions and bringing to life the magic of the holidays. I’ve put together my top 20 favourite Christmas Classics that I love to listen to while tucked up around the fireplace. Don’t have a fire? No worries, YouTube’s got a 2 hour mix of a log fire burning over festive piano music! So, put some Baileys in your coffee, kick back, and wrap some presents to this mix.
PS. I’ve made a playlist on YouTube so you can listen to this on repeat 😉
1) Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea
The rasp of this guys voice just gets me. It reminds me of my crazy uncle mixed with Louis Armstrong.
2) Celine Dion – Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
It wouldn’t be a true Christmas playlist without some Celine. If we’re being honest, narrowing it down to just one song was near impossible.
I used to listen to this whole album driving to my grandparents house from Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve, or when baking cookies with my mom while the snow fell outside. Ah, nostalgia.
3) Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
I have this song stuck in my head about 90% of the year, the chorus is so catchy! Some of you might not know this song, but it’s a Hawaiian Christmas tune sung by Bing Crosby, aka the KING of Christmas songs.
Is it stuck in your head now, too?
4) Train – Shake Up Christmas
Train’s Drops of Jupiter was the song of the year in 2000, and ever since then I’ve been riding the Train, train. A lovely, happy, upbeat song that makes you want to rock around the Christmas tree.
5) The Christmas Shoes
Pass the tissues. This song always brings a tear to my eye. I remember one year, my mom and I were driving back from the city during a snowstorm after doing some Christmas shopping. This song came on and we were both trying not to let the other see that we were crying to the lyrics. Saps. Like mother, like daughter.
6) When Christmas Comes to Town – The Polar Express Soundtrack
The Polar Express is one of my favourite Christmas movies ever! The animations in it are so lifelike and the story is adorable! When I have kids, this will be the only movie they’re allowed to watch 😀
7) Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
Shawty with youuuuu!!! Justin, I’m waiting! Baby Beibs been stealin’ hearts with his original Christmas classic (can I call it a classic? Yes. Yes I can). All I want for Christmas is this version of the Beibs back!
8) Great Big Sea – The Seven Joys of Mary
This is a Newfound folk song which I love listening to! It reminds me of the salty air of Atlantic Canada and standing around at the pub with your mates raising a toast of Keiths to the snowstorms that have cancelled two weeks worth of work, school and busses. That is what Christmas is about for me!
9) Elmo & Patsy – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Christmas at my family home is scarily accurate to that of a scene out of National Lampoon, we even call each other ‘The Griswolds’. The fact that this song is on the list and reminds me back of my childhood probably is an indication of that hah.
10) The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)
This man’s voice reminds me Freddie Mercury aka my biggest man crush. This song feels like it should be in the back of every hilarious Bridget Jones-esk Christmas film! Adds a little rock n roll into your jingle bells!
11) Carol of the Bells
I’ve never actually realized what the lyrics to this song was until I just watched this lyric music video, so there yah go, you learn something new everyday. This song is so suspenseful by the end of it I feel like Christmas IS here.
12) Chuck Berry – Run Run Rudolph
Ahh Chuck Berry, what more can I say? Absolute legend. This song was first published in 1958 and has remained a staple in Christmas playlists everywhere around the world. In a world of one hit wonders, having a song still played almost 60 years later would be the ultimate goal.
Also, there’s something really creepy at the end of this song, not sure what it is, soz about that. :S
13) Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child
I love the humming part of this song. That is all.
14) Darlene Love – Winter is a Marshmallow World
The sass in her voice just kicks this song up a notch! Can’t you picture your grandparents high-kicking to this at their local disco back in the day?
15) Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
No one does it like the BOSS! I remember listening to this song with my dad while driving around looking at Christmas lights in the neighbourhood. Memz.
16) Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
‘The party’s on, the feeling’s here
That only comes this time of year
Simply having a wonderful christmastime’
Why is it that this magical jittery Christmas feeling does only happen once a year? Guess that’s part of the magic of Christmas, Paul knows what’s up.
17) Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas (Snow is Falling)
Wow, the video for this is VINTAGE! That is one androgynous child! Is that mean? Shakin is loving his Christmas jumper in this.
18) Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
I’ve never heard her hit a wrong note. Ariana is a Mariah in training, her Christmas album was on point.
19) Seth MacFarlane – Baby, It’s Cold Outside Ft. Sara Bareilles
Yes, it’s that Seth. The genius behind Family Guy, American Dad, the Cleveland Show and TED is a trained singer and has even performed at the Royal Albert and Carnegie Hall!
20) Faith Hill – Where Are You Christmas?
Does this song remind you of The Grinch, or is it just me?
That’s all, folks. I hope your holidays are filled with love, light, happiness and mulled wine! Wherever your family may be, by blood or by love, I hope their well wishes surround you as we head into the New Year.
Have I missed one of your fav songs? Post in the comments below what gets your jingle bell rockin’!
Like my music taste? You might also like my Ultimate Summer 2017 Playlist.