I love Christmas. It is absolutely my favorite holiday, and every year I feel like I have to fight the Christmas spirit from mid-October until the first day in December so that I don’t run out. This includes ignoring all the decorations in public places, as well as typical Christmas foods/candies and of course Christmas music. In December, I go nuts. Whenever I do something around the house, I listen to Christmas music. Especially while cleaning and decorating. I just hung the Christmas curtains, and that’s when I got the idea to make a list of my top 10 Christmas songs. So here it is:
10. The Season’s Upon Us – Dropkick Murphys
This one cracks me up every time I hear it. It is absolutely hilarious. Luckily, I can’t relate to the lyrics. However, the whole situation is so well described that I can imagine it vividly. despite it being about coming home to an absolutely insane family for Christmas, and all the stress and irritation that comes with it, this song definitely puts me in a Christmas mood.
9. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
At this point, this song earns a place on the list for traditional causes. It has been one of my go-tos for as long as I can remember. That’s pretty much why I need it, and I have to admit I am getting a little tired of it. I might even skip it sometimes. But it is a great sing-along song and also brings me instant Christmas spirit. Also, perfect guilty pleasure material.
8. My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears
Another guilty pleasure and great sing-along song. At some point, a couple of years after its release, I just started to listen to it. I never stopped. This is also the first song I notice every year, because it has a tendency to be played at the mall early in the season. When that happens it’s hard for me to resist the Christmas mood, and that’s the main reason it made the list.
7. Blue Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
There are several great versions of this song, but this is the one that speaks to me the most. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. What I do know is that I love this.
6. White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Yet another song that has many, many great versions. One version would be on the list no matter what. I chose this one mostly because I think that “kiddies” sounds cooler than “children”. Tiny details can be really decisive sometimes. And also, Sinatra = great voice.
5. Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
When I hear this song, I instantly think about the second-most Christmassy TV commercial I can think of (Coca-Cola being the first, obviously). I can’t remember what it was for. It was a Norwegian commercial that used to air years ago. This song was in the commercial, and now I associate it with having the entire family gathered for Christmas dinner.
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Jani Lane
Like with several of the other songs on the list, there are many great versions to choose from. I chose this one because 1) Jani Lane’s voice is awesome, and 2) this one simply rocks.
3. Cold December Night – Michael Bublé
Back when I was a teenager full of hopes and dreams, I had this recurring imaginary scenario. I would imagine that a guy I had a crush on would finally realize he had deep feelings for me, and he would come to me right before Christmas, and it would start snowing as we had our first kiss. You know, the typical Christmas romcom happy ending. This song just takes me back to that. It describes it so well! I no longer have use for the actual feeling/dream, but nostalgia is always a fun thing.
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Twisted Sister feat. Lita Ford
For me, this was an instant classic. Because it has both Twisted Sister and Lita Ford, it never surprised me either. I’m a huge fan of both, so it makes nothing but sense. I really love how they make me feel what I presume is the longing of someone being on the road a lot, and want to be with their families at Christmas. It doesn’t give me chills the way it used to anymore, but it is still a fantastic version of the song.
1. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
This is one song I truly need to feel Christmassy. It is romantic in its own little way, it is pretty funny, and there’s actually some awesome storytelling going on. And seriously. Kirsty MacColl is amazing in this one! I’ve heard quite a few pretty great singers sing her part, and nothing even comes close.