Since I did a post on the worst Christmas songs, and I don’t want to be all about the worst stuff, I thought I’d go ahead and offer up some of my choices for the best. So, here are some songs you might actually want to listen to and enjoy.
After assembling the list, I noticed that it was kind of light on the religious songs. But that’s just because I was angling for versions of songs by particular artists, and most religious Christmas music, in my mind, isn’t associated with one particular singer or another. With the secular Christmas music, the singer can really make the song.
– “White Christmas” – either the Bing Crosby or The Drifters version: My personal preference is for The Drifters, but this is one of those situations where you can’t slight the original version.
“Little Saint Nick” – by The Beach Boys: If you like Christmas, and you like The Beach Boys… well, here you go.
“Santa Claus is Back in Town” – by Elvis Presley: So, you say that “Blue Christmas” is the best Elvis Christmas song? Nope, sorry. It’s this one.
– “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – either the Judy Garland or Frank Sinatra version: Frankie’s good, but here again, you can’t forget the original.
– “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – either the Darlene Love or U2 version: Originally by Darlene Love, but I just really like the U2 version. I’m a child of the ’80’s. What can I say?
“Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC: Speaking of being a child of the ’80’s, here’s the definitive Christmas rap song, from the dawn of the rap era.
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” – Hershey’s Kisses: This commercial still counts as the starter’s pistol for the Christmas season for me.
“The Christmas Song” – by Nat King Cole: And of course, the grand high poobah of all Christmas songs, the Christmas song to end all Christmas songs, and the only version of it that matters.
I know these aren’t all of them, so feel free to chime in with other favorites.