I’ll admit that I love Christmas music in all its sappy, sentimental, nostalgic glory. Here are some of my faves, plus two I don’t need to ever hear again.
Last Christmas This Wham! hit takes me right back to the first time I heard it: December, 1986 sitting in my driveway in Joanne Napolitano’s Acura. I think we had both recently been dumped and we were feeling this song.
Cheers, George! We’ve both come a long way since ’86.
I love each and every Beach Boys Christmas song. I’m not exactly sure what a bunch of surfer dudes from SoCal have to do with Christmas, but they remind me of my dad, and he rules. So there.
Bruce Springsteen’s live version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” makes me instantly three years old again. And just so you know, it was recorded live on Long Island #strongislandpride
I only recently discovered the Pentatonix via my teenagers. This amazing a capella group (think Pitch Perfect) does Christmas music beyond belief. I dare you to listen to “Mary did you Know” and not run into a church to convert instantly.
Band Aid’s “Do they Know It’s Christmas”
“Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of yooooooou“
And, all of you young whippersnappers, if we wanted to hear this song more than once, we used to have to TAPE off of the RADIO.
Speaking of collabs, this was the next best one, with its very hip, Keith Haring artwork, rocking tunes, and super generous giving back to the Special Olympics.
Plus, only U2 could rival Darlene Love with their version of “Christmas Baby Please Come Home“
(Hi Bono! Same hat from Band Aid?)
The thug in me loves Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” (yes, I know. I went to private school in Locust Valley for 11 years, but I can consider myself a little bit thug.)
Wait…one more. I heart the ’80’s.
You simply can’t leave Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you” off the list.
This song goes out to every teenage girl who really only wants a boyfriend for Christmas. I may happen to live with one. Or two?
Coldplay’s Christmas Lights…
because both Chris Martin and Christmas warm my heart.
I heard Dan Folgerberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” in the car the other day and couldn’t believe I still knew every single word.
“I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn’t sure if I saw
Doubt or gratitude”
Who wouldn’t want any ex-boyfriend to say exactly that? (ahem, Wham! ex from above.)
If you want to stay on my good side, PLEASE DON’T EVER PLAY:
“Jingle Bell Rock” by anyone, even your cute kids. I have heard this watered down generic song at one too many school holiday concerts. Trust me. I’m good.
NewSong “The Christmas Shoes” – You hear it once and feel really, really sad. I mean, I love shoes, and the kid wants to buy new ones for when his mama to wear when she meets Jesus.
But, once is good and then you don’t ever need to hear it again. Ever. Not again. Please. Make. It. Stop.
I’ll end on my most recent fave — and DON’T judge until you’ve listened — Justin Bieber’s “Drummer Boy“
No one sums up the goodness of holiday season better than Busta Rhymes rapping with the Biebs
“You know we bout to turn it up and really get it poppin’ now.
People everywhere and all our Twitter followers,
“Merry Christmas, Kwanza, happy Hanukkah! “