Monday Memos: My top 25 favorite Christmas songs!!!!

Hello people of the internet, since Christmas is rapidly approaching us, I thought that it would be cool to make a list of 25 of my favorite Christmas songs. I feel that this list is very diverse, but if there are any awesome songs that I missed, please let me know in the comments below. Ok, let’s get started!!!!


25) ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ by Johnny Mathis

It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis – Home Alone 2 SoundTrack – YouTube

I thought this was the perfect song for the “beginning” of our list (you may now laugh…ok that’s enough, shall we continue? Great!!!). Once December hits, this is always the first Christmas song that I like to hear. It just puts you in the holiday spirit, and it is the perfect soundtrack to all of your Christmas shopping.


24) ‘Feliz Navidada’ by Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad – YouTube

I really love how different this song is from all of the others on the list. Besides the obvious fact that it has English and Spanish components, the track is also very upbeat and fun. This is a good song to add to your Christmas party playlist, and will certainly get the fun started!


23) ‘Santa Clause Lane’ by Hilary Duff

02. Hilary Duff- Santa Clause Lane HQ + Lyrics – YouTube

Now this song is a bit of a throwback, that you may or may not be familiar with. Anyone who watched Disney Channel in the early 2000s will know actually why this song is awesome. I mean who doesn’t love Hilary Duff? Oh c’mon, you know you memorized the entire ‘Lizzie McGuire Movie’ soundtrack…yes you did…that’s what I thought! Since Hilary Duff has recently revealed that she’s working on new music (you may now squeal and jump up and down), I thought that it was only appropriate that we celebrate this announcement by walking down memory lane (or Santa Clause Lane in this case).


22) ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ cover by Jack Johnson & The Roots

Jack Johnson: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – YouTube

Ok who doesn’t constantly get this song stuck in their head throughout the year? Many don’t realize that this isn’t just a song about a reindeer. This is a track about rising up from adversary, and showing bullies or naysayers how awesome you are! Ok, it’s a song about a reindeer, but he has a glowing red nose! You have to admit that that’s pretty awesome. Jack Johnson’s signature smooth tone and the great musicianship of The Roots (comedian/late night talk show host Jimmy Fallons’ in house band), adds a new jazzy feel to this track, which makes an old classic feel brand new.


21) ‘Away in a Manger’ cover by Martina McBride

Away In A Manger – Martina McBride (lyrics in description) – YouTube

I really love this song! It’s beautifully written, and the perfect Christmas ballad. This version is made even better, because of the lovely vocals that country icon Martina McBride adds. I would certainly suggest going over to ITunes and purchasing this track, I promise you won’t regret it!


20) ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree/Jingle Bell Rock’ cover by Michael Buble

Michael Buble Rockn’ Around The Christmas Tree Jingle Bell Rock featCarly Rae Jepsen cut – YouTube

If you love fun Christmas songs, then this is the mash-up for you. The only thing that would make this performance better, is if Carly asked Michael to call her maybe…or is that just crazy? I’m just kidding, I’m just kidding (cue the laughing…ok we’re good), humor aide this is an amazing mash-up, with a flawless vocals, buy then again what would you expect from Michael Buble!?


19) ‘This Christmas’ cover by The Summer Set

The Summer Set – This Christmas (Lyric Video) – YouTube

I only need to say three words to convince you that this song is amazing: The Summer Set! I You know these guys are awesome, because they won the 2013 Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Contest. This contest is fan voted, so they are defiantly a band that you need to know. I love the cool rock twist that they put on this song, which gives it a fresh new perspective.


18) ‘Baby It’s cold outside’ cover by Lady Antebellum

Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Lady Antebellum – YouTube

I just love what country super group Lady Antebellum does with this classic duet. They were able to put their own spin on this track without losing the charm of the original. This song is the perfect Christmas love song, and requires the vocalists performing it, to convey a lot of emotion through the song. I feel that Lady Antebellum work on this song, is completely breathtaking.


17) ‘Let it Snow’ by Dean Martin

Dean Martin – Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – YouTube

Even though I’m not a huge fan of snow, I do love this song. This is just the perfect song to play in the background as you drink a hot beverage, wrap yourself in your favorite blanket, sit in front of a fire, and read a ‘Harry Potter’ book. You know that sounds like a good time!


16) ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ by ‘N Sync

N Sync – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – YouTube

Ok, let’s take a moment and bask in the awesomeness that is ‘N Sync. I mean this is the group that brought Justin Timberlake to the forefront of our minds!!! We will forever be in debt. One thing that I really like about this song is that it’s a song you can just get up and dance too. You can play it in your car, turn it on as you’re getting ready to leave your house, or even have an impromptu dance party. The possibilities are endless.


15) ‘Christmas is Creepy’ by Fred

Fred – Christmas is Creepy – Official Video – YouTube

If you are addicted to YouTube and/or Nickelodeon, then you know who Fred is. In 2009, Lucas Cruikshank (the then teenaged mastermind behind the’Fred’ franchise) brought us a different sort of Christmas song. This song is so hilarious, that you will have to add it to your Christmas playlist. Actually, this song is so funny, that I predict that you’ll be listening to it well into the spring.


14) ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ by Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney – Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time (Lyrics) [HD] – YouTube

Paul McCartney sings this song. That statement alone should convince you of how amazing this song is. He not only has a tremendous career as ¼ of the legendary group The Beatles, but also has had an awesome solo career. This infectious tune will keep you singing for months, and trust me you won’t mind having this song stuck in your head.


13) ‘Last Christmas’ cover by Glee

Glee Cast – Last Christmas (Glee Cast Version) – YouTube

Even though this is a song about someone who broke your heart, it’s still amazingly catchy. What makes this version even better is the way Lea Michele and Cory Monteith vocals perfectly blend together. Even though Cory’s promising career was tragically cut short, we can still enjoy his talent through this song. You’ll enjoy this song so much, that you’ll forget it’s a cover, due to the great artistry that the Lea and Cory bring to the track.


12) ‘The Christmas Song (Don’t be Late)’ by Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Christmas Song (Don’t Be Late) – YouTube

I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!! I honestly cannot fully express how much I love this song. It’s fun, quirky, and the Chipmunks are singing! What could be better? I think most of us have heard this song at one point or another, but if you haven’t, you need too. By the time you finish listening to this song, you will definitely want a hula hoop for Christmas…listen to the song and you’ll understand.


11) ‘The First Noel’ cover by Carrie Underwood

The First Noel – Carrie Underwood (Lyrics on Screen) – YouTube

This is another AMAZING Christmas ballad that you need to become familiar with. I love the beautiful the lyrics this song contains, and how the tone of the song will leave you feeling a pure kind of joy. When you add in Carrie’s amazing vocals to the song, the result is pure perfection.


10) I’ll be home for Christmas’ by Bing Crosby

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Bing Crosby – YouTube

This is another song that I constantly play once Christmas time arrives. This track is told from the perspective of a WWII solider, and will certainly have you feeling emotional once it ends. This is another Christmas classic that has been covered multiple times, by many amazing legends however, I think Bing Crosby does it best.


9) ‘Little Drummer Boy’ by Pentatonix

[Official Video] Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix – YouTube

I have to say that I am currently addicted to this A Capella group’s ‘PTXmas’ album, which is musical perfection. You have to respect a band that can make such amazing music, every time Pentatonix releases something, I just stand in marvel. I would HIGHLY recommend this version of this song.


8) ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera-Have yourself a merry little Christmas – YouTube

Honestly, you know if Christina Aguilera releases a song, then it’s instantly going to be awesome. She released this song on her 2000 album ‘My Kind of Christmas’ and it is still on of my favorite versions. Christina is able to use her flawless vocal abilities to perfectly convey the emotion in this song, and her execution is amazing (as usual)!


7) ‘Carol of the Bells’ by Trans Siberian Orchestra

Carol of the Bells – Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Higher Quality – YouTube

I don’t hear many artists cover this song, which is a shame, because it’s a great song. I recently heard this version on the radio, and I was awe struck. I think the Trans Siberian Orchestra are phenomenal, and even if you’re not a fan of instrumental music, you will LOVE this song. This orchestra is able to make his song exciting and they give it a new life that instantly grabs your attention, and doesn’t let go.


6)’The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire)’ by Nat King Cole

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – YouTube

Ok, you had to have known that this song was coming eventually; I mean it’s called ‘The Christmas Song’. This is another great song to play but he fireplace when you’re just relaxing and enjoying the holiday season. This is just one of those songs that is a Christmas staple, and you’re holiday would not be complete without it.


5) ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You – YouTube

Now you had to know that this song was coming, seriously what Christmas playlist would be complete without it!? One thing that I love about this song is that it honestly never gets old. You can listen to it over and over again, and it is never played out, you have to love a song that can stand the test of time.


4) ‘Silent Night’ by Kelly Clarkson feat. Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood

Silent Night – YouTube

What do you get when you put three phenomenal vocalist together? You get an amazing rendition of a Christmas classic. This is defiantly not an easy song to sing, not only is it full of emotion, but it is so well known, that it can be hard to perform a version that fans of the song approve of. I think Kelly Clarkson really brought a new dimension to the song by adding country superstars Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. This is a song that you will have on repeat for years to come.


3) ‘My grown up Christmas list’ by Amy Grant

Amy Grant – Grown-Up Christmas List – YouTube

I remember I first heard this song about 8 years ago, and I have been addicted to it ever since. I really love how the message of the track perfectly defines the feeling of good will and peace on earth that we’re suppose to experience during this time of year. If you really listen to the lyrics of this song, they will inspire you, and leave you feeling that material gain really isn’t what this season is about. I really love songs that make you think!


2) ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ cover by Jackson 5

The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – YouTube

Honestly, how could you not like a song that Michael Jackson sings on? Even at such a young age, his vocals are perfect. This song makes you want to just get up and dance around as you decorate your Christmas tree. It is the perfect song to play at a holiday party, or to have an impromptu dance party with your family. This song is just flawless in every aspect; it would take another 3 blog posts to explain why this song is so amazing.


1) ‘Mary did you know’ cover by Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts – “Mary Did You Know” ((CMA Country Christmas 2011)) – YouTube

Now we’ve reached the #1 song!!! Ok, hit that Drumroll!!!! I really love this song, because it contains all of the qualities of the other 24 songs on this list. This track is beautiful, well sung, and makes you think. I remember I have been in awe of this song for years, ever since I first heard it at church. I know that not everyone shares the same beliefs as me, but you can’t deny what a beautiful job country trio Rascal Flatts did on this track. I feel like this is the perfect song to end out list! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!








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