What would the holiday season be without a soundtrack? You know, collection of songs to accompany every cup of hot chocolate, every snow angel, every mistletoe moment? There's no feeling quite like revisiting those holiday standards when, each December, you realize that they're just as special as when you first heard them.
And even though we're aware that at this point in the season holiday music is mildly inescapable, we decided to assemble our classic holiday favorites into one grand (but not absolute) playlist! Here are some of the tunes that have found their way into our living rooms for over five decades!
Silent Night - Bing Crosby
This peaceful, soothing standard reminds us that Christmas isn't only about inflatable Santas and sugar comas: there's a story to be remembered and celebrated! And although Bing Crosby's iconic crooning will never be matched, you can softly whisper the lyrics with friends without anyone discovering your true vocal chops (or lack thereof).
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
Now, this sing-a-long favorite falls on the other side of the karaoke spectrum. Feel free to belt these lyrics whenever you… feel free! We can hear the debaucherous chorus now: "Laughing all the way, HA HA HA."
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey reigns as Queen of Christmas (after Mrs. Clause, of course), so it's only right that her mega-hit, ''All I Want For Christmas is You'' makes the list as a classic. The slow build in the intro, the glorious choir's backing vocals, that incomparable whistle tone; Mariah just brings us that the warm fuzzy feeling every time this song plays.
Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
Although "he sees you when you're sleeping" may not be the most comforting line, it's a reminder to always be nice. No one wants to be on the naughty list when Santa arrives.
Last Christmas - Wham!
Heartbreak is tough, especially during the holidays. But this song shows that you're not alone! This year, to save you from tears (and to save you from spending too much $$$ on a remote control helicopter), give your heart to someone special.
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
It's completely normal to wish for extravagant gifts this holiday season. You never know, Santa may hook you up with some goodies.
Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby
Do you hear what I hear? A beautiful story of miracles, new beginnings, and peace on earth? Thought so. Plus, bell sounds.
O Holy Night - Nat King Cole
Ok, this song. THIS SONG. The stars brightly shining, baby Jesus, the soft, captivating melody that builds to an explosive release when you get to the last ''O night, DIVIIIIINE!'' Boom. *Drops mic*
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
Spoiler alert! Mom wasn't really kissing Santa. Just your average Christmas misunderstanding.
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Elvis Presley
Fun fact: this song is sung from the point of view of WWII soldier who was excited to reunite with his family for the holidays. Which is also sort of relevant since Elvis served in the United States Army for two years (not during WWII, though)! #history #supportthetroops