My Holiday Playlist

by - December 23, 2023

Have I ever done a playlist on the blog? Pretty sure I haven't. This school year, so far, hasn't given me much time to plan and post quality content, including my usual holiday line-up of different gift guides, books to read, and movies to watch. I didn't post as much last year, but it wasn't this bad!

Anyway, one of the fastest ways for me to get into the holiday spirit is with a movie or music, so this year I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday songs. These are a mix of classics and newer songs

"White Christmas" is my favorite holiday movie. I always watch it at least once - usually more than that! Although there are tons of versions of this song, Bing Crosby's will always reign supreme. *side-eyes Katy Perry*

Elvis is always a good choice, even if "Blue Christmas" isn't exactly a happy song. There's just something about Elvis's voice in this song.

Nat King Cole's version of "The Christmas Song" is the only one worth listening to. I said what I said.

"Meet Me in St. Louis" is another of my favorite holiday movies, even though I guess it's not technically a Christmas movie. That said, it is the first time Judy Garland sang "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and in this case the first remains the best.

I can't pinpoint exactly why I love this song, but "Jingle Bell Rock" sung by Bobby Helms is a must for my holiday playlist.

Funny story about this song. When Alexis was a baby, I would sing or hum "Silver Bells" to get her to settle down for a nap or bedtime.

Did you think this song wasn't going to make it? I'm pretty sure it would be blasphemous not to include "All I Want for Christmas is You" by the queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey.

"Christmas in the Sand" by Colbie Cailat is a new one for me this year, but I fell in love with this song as soon as I heard it.

"Wrap Me Up" by Jimmy Fallon and Meghan Trainor is the Christmas bop I didn't know I needed.

"Last Christmas" has been remade by almost every singer I can think of, but the original by Wham! is still my favorite.

"Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney is another of those songs I can't imagine not hearing this time of year.

Andy Williams is the king of holiday songs, it seems, because another of his makes my list. "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is iconic, and his version is definitely the best.

You've probably noticed that there aren't as many newer songs on this list as classics, but Arianna Grande's "Santa Tell Me" earns its spot. In fact, I didn't realize this was an original song for a long time.

I can't hear Brenda Lee's "Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree" without immediately thinking of "Home Alone."

"Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses is not a new song, but I heard it for the first time this year while out shopping. It amused both me and my husband, so it had to make the list.

"Sleigh Ride" is another holiday classic that I love but only when it's by The Ronettes.

I think "Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry is in every Christmas movie ever made, especially if said movie has a scene where people are rushing around.

Would a holiday playlist really be complete without "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives? I think not.

There are lots of versions of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," but I really love Michael Buble's version.

You really can't go wrong with any of Pentatonix's holiday songs, but their version of "Mary Did You Know?" is my favorite of theirs.

I keep hearing Gwen Stefani's Christmas song with Blake Shelton this year, which is cool, but I actually really love her solo tune, "My Gift is You."

There is so much controversy surrounding "Baby It’s Cold Outside," which always kind of baffles me considering who wrote it and why. Anyway, I tend to not like remakes of classics, but John Legend and Kelly Clarkson give us a modern version that's not cringe-worthy.

I know I gave Katy Perry the side eye earlier over her cover of "White Christmas" (it's truly terrible, y'all), but I love her original song, "Cozy Little Christmas." It's everything you expect a Katy Perry song to be. The music video is cute, too, but I couldn't find it through the plugin I had to use for the post.

Okay, so, I love the Jonas Brothers, and "Like It's Christmas" is perfect.

"Not Another Christmas Song" by Blink 182 is definitely not a traditional Christmas song. I mean, it says it right in the lyrics. It makes my list because it gives me all the 90s-early 2000s feels. I also like "I Won't Be Home for Christmas."

"My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears gives me the same kind of vibes as Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You."

There are a ton of different versions of "Winter Wonderland," but I like this one by Eurythmics .

"Little Saint Nick" by The Beach Boys is just fun.

I know there are a ton of other Christmas songs out there, and that a lot of so-called favorites didn't make my list (sorry, "Feliz Navidad" but you're annoying). Did your favorite make my list? What would you add?

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