Christmas Playlist for the Win!
As I mentioned in my last post, I have no problem cranking up a Christmas song in the middle of summer if my mood calls for it. Christmas music is kind of like laughter—it’s impossible to participate in it & be negative. So when Thanksgiving took its final bow, there was no more limiting how often we could rock around the Christmas tree (which is up but barely decorated due to a certain short person).
I went through my Christmas albums and composited a playlist of my top favorite songs. I hope there’s a new song or two for you to add to your collection!
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Louis Armstrong
This is one of my favorite versions of this fun & flirty song. I feel like I’m sitting in Louis’ audience in my fur coat, red lipstick, sipping a gin martini.
- White Christmas (1942 Holiday Inn Version), Bing Crosby
The fact that a classic Christmas movie was based off this song shows how imperative it is to this season. Bing Crosby is a Christmas miracle.
- O Holy Night, Folk Angel
Folk Angel took my favorite Christmas song, added a verse, & made it an incredible worship experience. This song is gold.
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, She & Him
Zooey Deschanel’s voice makes me happy, & this is such a perfect song for decorating the tree or hosting a gingerbread house-decorating contest.
- O Come All Ye Faithful, Josh Groban
This song was my favorite in high school because I loved the way it sounded on the violin, & Josh Groban takes his version to a whole new level by pairing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I’m not even big on organ music, but that last verse could make me weep fat tears of joy.
6. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Frank Sinatra
Such the charmer, Frank Sinatra. He & his girl could be in a blizzard, but he’s so in love, he’s feeling as toasty as can be. Who doesn’t want a little bit of that whimsy on their playlist?
- Jingle Bells, Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzegerald’s voice continues to be such a gift to jazz music. Jingle Bells can be a tired song, but she makes it worthy for a Gatsby party.
- Ave Maria, Josh Groban
I originally wanted this song played at my wedding, but we ended up opting for his version of The Prayer instead. But if we ever renew our vows in an old, Italian chapel, you better believe this song will play. Seeing him sing this live is on the bucket list.
- Carol of the Bells, David Crowder Band
David Crowder & his team can jam. That’s all.
- Very Merry Christmas, Dave Barnes
This is usually the first Christmas song of the season I listen to. It makes me excited to travel, to see family, & be thankful for the ordinary things this season brings. This song also makes me want a big family because it just seems to say the more the merrier!
- Thankful, Josh Groban
All-year life inspiration. That’s what this song is. And it’s Josh Groban’s voice, so it basically couldn’t get any better.
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Bing Crosby
Bing teams up with the Andrews Sisters for this fun diddy, & it’s just delightful, really. I would do nearly anything to go back in time to sit in on this show.
- A Marshmallow World, Frank Sinatra
The title of the song gives a pretty good indication to the jolliness ahead. Plus, I love that at the end, they have some dialogue to the audience recorded. It’s like we’re there!
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Judy Garland (on the Louis Armstrong album listed above– two birds, one stone!)
Nobody sings this song like Judy Garland. Watching her sing it in Meet Me in St. Louis makes it even better. Have you seen The Family Stone? That part of the film is in this movie too, at the end, & it’s the sweetest part of the whole movie.
- Glory In the Highest/O Come Let Us Adore Him, Shane & Shane
Even though these are technically two separate songs, the first rolls right into the second, & they complete each other. Kind of like Folk Angel, Shane & Shane make this a full-on opportunity to worship & meditate on the goodness of this season.
Bonus Throwback Hits that are near & dear to my heart. YOU’RE WELCOME.
- Santa Claus Lane, Hilary Duff
- Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, N’Sync
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey (#tear)
What Christmas songs do you love that I need to hear? Tell me!