Do you like Holiday music? Yule love these songs!
Already counting down the days till Christmas? Whether you’re getting ready for an insane Holiday TV binge (hibernation mode for the win) or quality time with the fam, here are our top 10 go-to tracks guaranteed to bring Holiday cheer (tune in while sipping a venti gingerbread latte with extra whipped cream).
10. “Zat You, Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong and the Commanders
There’s something infectious and undeniable about Louis Armstrong’s raspy bass voice. He’s a wide-ranging phenomenon and happens to be one of the most influential artists in music history. This song lavishes strings, glamour, and trumpets, and is an absolute joyous introduction to the Holiday season.
9. “Winter Wonderland” by Michael Bublé and Rod Stewart
What happens when two iconic singers record a duet? You get one of the finest Christmas songs ever. Rod Stewart = an accomplished rock & roll singer who combined folk and blues like one before. Michael Bublé = an innovative songwriter with clean and articulated vocals. What more could you ask for?
8. “This Christmas” by Cee Lo Green
All chorus, all soul, all release. Cee Lo and his out-of-body voice can craft a beat and transform it in an epic track. Fun bassline? Ya. Glorious hooks? Yup. Powerful build-ups? Yeah. Sing-along lyrics? Heck yes. A Christmas classic? Y-E-S.
7. “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel
Cryokinetic magic. Tons of snow. A snowman named Olaf who dreams of experiencing summer. The only thing you need to remember about Frozen is: love is the most powerful magic of all. And that’s all that matters when it comes to the Holidays. Plus, Idina Menzel’s voice simply makes me happy. Even if you disagree, I’m pretty sure every single 8-year-old is on my side.
6. “Finally It’s Christmas” by Hanson
The key to enjoying this song is marveling at how Hanson can create melodic magic with a gorgeous chorus and effortlessly capture the Holiday spirit. This track will be popping back into your head in the middle of summer. Guaranteed. P.S. Did you know Hanson hung out with us at our Stingray HQ? Check it out. #StingrayPausePlay
5. “Life is Beautiful” by Vega 4
“It's amazing where I'm standing / There's a lot that we can give / This is ours just for the moment / Life is beautiful.” This is what the Holidays are all about: love, giving, and sharing precious moments. Straightforward lyrics and simple songwriting have made “Life is Beautiful” transcendent in genre and universal in its heartwarming message.
4. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber
Shimmering acoustic guitar, adorably sweet lyrics, and alluring chord arrangements: this is teen pop at its best. I know. I know. I’m sorry, there’s just no cure for Bieber fever.
3. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Tony Bennett
Tony, you’ve explored your burgeoning creativity in the ‘50s and achieved popularity through every generation since then. Its moments like those on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” where Bennett gets to flex an intoxicating blend of vocal melodies and rhythmic hooks over a cascading waterfall of gorgeous saxophone and trumpet progressions.
2. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Harry Connick, Jr.
Besides being my favorite character on Will & Grace, Harry Connick, Jr. is everything you want when it comes to straight up New Orleans jazz and stride piano. His uncanny ability to shift his voice through numerous styles only showcases his variety and talents. Who needs hot cocoa when this track is already comforting and sweet?
1. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
A Holiday standard loved by all. Did you know that Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics and played every instrument on this track? Mind blown? I am. Maybe I’m amazed at the way he’s able to combine his rhythmic playfulness and boundless talent, and stick the landing every single time. With some seasonal bells thrown into the mix, this is the only Holiday jam you need.
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