Christmas and holiday music are embedded into our pop culture. Whether you’re walking in the mall or visiting a relative, you are sure to hear quite a few tunes this week. As part of the holiday season, the editors of NoBo compile a list of their favorite Christmas and holiday songs. We hope you enjoy our favorites, and comment on the article to let us know what we should consider next year! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
10. “Jingle Bells” by Diana Krall
“Jingle Bells” was originally copyrighted under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in 1857 by a Medford resident. It has since become one of the most popular of secular, Christmas songs around the world. Jazz singer Diana Krall’s version from her 2005 album brings new pep to the tired tune. Watch Video or Purchase.
9. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole’s classic was recorded three times by the legend, and is best known and referred to by its opening line, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”. Most consider his 1961 recording the best. Watch Video or Purchase
8. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
Introduced in the 1942 movie Holiday Inn, Crosby’s version of the tune went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture. In the last seventy years, his version has sold and astounding 50 million copies. Watch Video or Purchase
This version of the Ukrainian holiday song was performed by Beyonce’s former girl-group, Destiny’s Child, who also stopped by CBS’s Early Show to deliver a moving, acapella performance of the song. Watch Video or Purchase.
6. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
Puerto Rican singer/guitarist Jose Feliciano recorded this Christmas song back in 1970, and it has since become a perennial favorite. Watch Video or Purchase.
5. “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews Band
This song is a favorite to the millions of DMB fans out there, hoping to hear “The Christmas Song” during a show around the holiday. Included in their first, independent release back in the 90’s, the song has also been included in a number of holiday compilations. The track tells the story of Mary and the birth of Jesus. Watch Video or Purchase
4. “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler
As members of the 90’s SNL generation, the editors of NoBo had to include this classic novelty song as one of our favorite holiday tunes. Stringing together a wide range of Jewish celebrities and public figures, Sandler has seldom done anything as funny since. Watch Video or Purchase.
3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Since she released her 1994 hit holiday album, Mariah Carey’s version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become perhaps that most popular contemporary holiday song. The album sold 4 million copies worlwide, and the song used in countless YouTube holiday posts and blasted through out malls everywhere. Watch Video or Purchase.
2. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” by Bruce Springsteen
Written in 1934, the holiday song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was an instant hit. His live version of the song has become a seasonal favorite for fans of all genres. In 2003, he recorded a version with Bon Jovi at a reunion concert. Simply magical. Watch Video or Purchase.
1.”Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon
Despite being penned in 1971, this song is fitting this holiday season as the War in Iraq ended this week with the last US soldier out of the nation. Both a holiday song and a plea to give peace a chance, John Lennon’s undoubtedly created a classic when he penned this tune, and his legacy of calling for peace lives on for generations to come. Watch Video or Purchase.