Top 5 Holiday Songs
As each decade goes by, new artists try their hand at age old holiday music. Either bringing their own spin or just slapping their name on an album and giving a half ass attempt. I happen to be a traditionalist. Growing up in my house we had the originals (aka the classics). My dad, being the Frank Sinatra fan that he was, would play his renditions of holiday music. My mom was and is into the classics with a few additions that she throws in from her generation. So, my list. As most of them are, harken back to a “better” time. Nothing digital, just the warm soothing music/voices of the 40’s and 50’s. And one or two ones from the 70’s and 80’s. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful music of the holidays!
1. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
This is my all-time favorite holiday song. As the years progressed it became a source of nostalgia. Check out my blog post about memory inducing music. I go into more detail as to why I keep this song close to my heart. For just general holiday music, Nat King Cole has such a smooth and relaxing voice, paired with this song it just gives you all the warm and fuzzy you need for the holiday.
2. Happy Holiday - Andy Williams
This is an upbeat song and paired with Any Williams awesome voice, it just makes the whole holiday that much brighter. Plus, you must love the line “so hoop-de-do and dickory dock”. If it doesn’t make you laugh or smile, there is something wrong with you. In the end it just brings with it the joy you need for the season.
3. Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters
You really can’t have a complete Christmas playlist without Karen Carpenter wishing you a happy holiday. Even though the Carpenters redid the classics, I liked this one as it was a nice mix up than yet another version of home for the holidays. Karen Carpenter has a beautiful voice, and it is a great song.
4. Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby
Let me just say that besides Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby is probably my favorite singer to listen to during the holiday season. This song is just fun, and I love the big band sound. It makes you want to just bop around. Another song that brings with it that joy of the season.
5. Little Drummer Boy - Anne Murray
I am not a fan of country music. I just needed to get that out of the way. So now that I lost some of my readers, Anne Murray is known for her country music. My mom used to play her holiday album a lot while making cookies. I grew very found of her version of this song. Regardless of genre of music she may do, her voice is undoubtedly awesome.
I could have added a lot more than five, like most of the lists I put on here. But these are a nice mix of my favorites and ones that I make sure to listen to during this time of year. While I do like some newer songs, again I am a traditionalist. There is nothing warmer and comforting than the sounds of the classics. They bring me back to the time when I was excited for having days off from school. When I believed in Santa and would wonder if I would hear him and the reindeer up on the roof. That anticipation, warmth, and general exciting time. These are the memories we hold onto and hope to be able to bring to our children and to others.