I love Christmas music. There, I said it. Judge me if you want.
I just don’t think he deserves the amount of negativity he often receives (unless you’re talking about Barbra Streisand’s truly horrible version of “Jingle Bells.” There’s no excuse for that. )
You don’t have to search too hard to find dozens of lists on the internet ranking the worst Christmas carols of all time. But I spent my childhood Christmases listening to the songs from the RCA records featured on this page, which I think has helped shape an appreciation for holiday music from almost every genre, and I think it’s time to focus on the good stuff.
There are real gems when it comes to Christmas music. These are the tunes that get you into the spirit of the season and envelop you in comfort and joy that might not really exist until the end of a certain Jimmy Stewart movie.
So I made a short list – short (because otherwise you will be there all day) – of Christmas music that always makes my season happy and bright.
Pretty much anything from Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Perry Como. There is no doubt that crooners know how to make Christmas music well. While traders joke about being haunted by the ghost of Bing Crosby, there’s a reason Crosby was known as “The Voice of Christmas.”
The soundtrack of the Vince Guaraldi Trio of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The track “Linus and Lucy” is especially fun because if you’ve seen the TV show you will no doubt develop a strong urge to shake your head from side to side as if you too are ignoring the controls of the TV. boy scene. in the yellow zigzag shirt.
The soundtrack of “Home Alone”. The music for this film was composed by the legendary John Williams. I remember my oldest daughter singing the film’s signature song, “Somewhere In My Memory,” as part of a Christmas concert during her high school years. It always gives me that gingerbread feeling.
“Rockin ‘Around The Christmas Tree” by Peggy Lee.
“Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
“Have you a merry little Christmas” by the carpenters. (So I’m a nerd. Like this whole list isn’t a dead giveaway?)
Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”. This song is to Christmas music what some think “Die Hard” is to Christmas movies. Does it belong? Love the song, it mentions snow and Christmas Eve and it’s my list so it stays.
Chris Tomlin’s “Noel” with Lauren Daigle. You can almost feel the impact of the Nativity story in Daigle’s vocal performance in this song.
“How many kings? By Downhere. Lead singer Marc Martel sounds like the late Freddie Mercury. This song is awesome and worth listening to. Believe me.
“O Holy Night” by The Judds. Yes, the Judds. The mother-daughter duo didn’t have any fancy vocals or instrumental arrangement of their version of this song, which is refreshing compared to other traditional Christmas tunes that have been overworked. (A-hem, I’m still looking at you, Barbra Streisand.)
And… the “Christmas Canon” of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Like Tomlin and Daigle’s version of “Noel”, I find it to be one of the most touching songs of the season.
Here. This is by no means a complete list of my favorite vacations, but it’s a good start. What would you add? Let me know at [email protected]