Christmas Songs > Which is Your Favorite?

Admit it, you have done it before. Caught yourself singing along to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” on its ninety fifth radio play of the Christmas season.

No matter how we feel about Christmas songs, we get in to the mood when we hear them. I for one, have never been able to go through a holiday season without getting George Michael and Wham’s “Last Christmas” stuck in my head for at least a week. Surely everyone has a favorite Christmas song that they either love or love to hate. So, for your listening pleasure, a list of Christmas classics for your party play list.

Bruce Springsteen: Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Who at this point can think of this holiday classic without the static of a live concert and the raspy voice of the Boss taking over the airwaves for all of the good little girls and boys.

Band Aid: Do They Know It’s Christmas. Another eighties classic, 1984’s call to action for the American people to look at the poverty crisis in Africa is still resonant today. The Boomtown Rat’s Bob Geldof has been a constant crusader in this battle that he began over twenty years ago, all starting with this one simulcast song.

The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping is sometimes referred to as the Blondie Christmas song. It is not Debbie Harry on vocals, actually, but Patty Donohue taking the Blondie front woman’s cue and mixing a little hip hop in to their repertoire.

Wham!: Last Christmas. This song has become a staple of Christmas radio airplay, seeing nearly as much as classics like Jingle Bell Rock. With two recent covers of the song, one by Hilary Duff and another by Indie-Rock trio Jimmy Eats World, it is unlikely that any one will be forgetting George Michael’s contribution to Christmas music any time soon.

Mariah Carey: All I Want for Christmas is You. While Christmas albums seemed to be the trend in the 1990s for pop artists, not many went the places that this Mariah Carey single did. Granted, everything that Mariah Carey touches turns to gold, but having been released as recently as 1992, the classic status that this record has acquired is quite impressive.

New Kids on the Block: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. While New Kids on the Block may be more well known for their teen beat faces and catchy hits like “Hangin’ Tough” and “Step by Step,” their Christmas album in the late 1980s made it cool for young pop stars to release Christmas albums.

Bing Crosby and David Bowie: The Little Drummer Boy. This track has become such a classic if only for its amazing line up. David Bowie, in 1977 was about as much a Rock’n’Roll icon as one person can be. So when he showed up on Bing Crosby’s holiday special to do a duet with him, heads turned. New Kids on the Block may have made Christmas albums cool, but it is David Bowie that gave Christmas songs their transition into mainstream popular music.

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One Response to “Christmas Songs > Which is Your Favorite?”

  1. krista

    Thank you. I was looking all over for the “Blondie Christmas” song. Patty Donahue needs more credit!