The holiday season is once again in full swing. The Christmas lights are up, the gifts are being bought, and the holiday songs we know and love are on full blast wherever we go, whether we’re in the store or at our best friend’s Christmas party. Some of these songs are overplayed so much during the holiday season we can either get extremely excited and sing along or be extremely annoyed it’s playing. Regardless, these are all amazing songs and without them the holidays are incomplete.
Here are 10 holiday songs we hear all the time.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
“I just want you for my own. More than you could ever know” The moment you hear that chorus, you can’t help but burst out singing along. It’s a love song with an upbeat, joyful tone to it. It’s the ultimate modern day Christmas classic….even though the song technically came out 21 years ago. Recently, Mariah sang it at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and nailed it.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside”
Many of us we’re introduced to this duet in the movie Elf, when Buddy (Will Ferrell) chimes in after hearing Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) sing the girl part in the shower. Many people have assumed the premise of the song sounds very creepy. A girl wants to go home, but the guy wants the girl to stay the night, convincing the girl that “it’s cold outside.” To me, it doesn’t sound that creepy, even if the guy was offering her a drink. It just seemed like a standard gesture of the time when it was written in the 1940’s. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble did a cover of this song and the music video for it is absolutely adorable.
“White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
Whether you’ve seen the original Holiday Inn movie or White Christmas, this song is instantly a classic. The desire for the Christmas covered in snow is idealistic…unless you don’t like snow. I remember my band in high school did a version of this song years ago and I still remember people singing along to the song as we were playing. Other famous artists that have covered this song include Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, Cee Lo Green, Hayden Panettiere, and Leona Lewis.
Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift, and even Glee have all done their own cover of this song at one point. This song not only has a saucy and seductive vibe to it, but it almost sounds a little too needy. I mean, who has the ability to afford a yacht and Tiffany’s in the same year? I don’t even think Santa can do that.
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
“You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, ’cause I’m telling you why.” This song is the oldest song on this list (first released in 1935) and you’ll always hear this one no matter where you are. It’s become a standard. Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pentonix, and Faith Hill are just some of the artists who have covered this classic, reminding you that he sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. Creepy lyric, but still a classic song.
“Santa Tell Me” – Ariana Grande
This song only came out a little over a year, but I’ve heard it quite often this year already. I think my radio station may have played it a good three times during my car ride home from my college. Regardless, it’s really catchy and will become a Christmas classic down the line, right up there with “All I Want For Christmas.”
“Last Christmas” – Wham!
“Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away.” Ah, the ultimate Christmas song for someone going through a breakup. Yes, the last thing you wanna hear is a song about breaking up on Christmas. But, remember, you’ll always bounce and find someone else to give your heart to, right? Ashley Tisdale, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift have also done their own versions of this song. Carly Rae Jepsen also recently released her own version of the song a few weeks ago.
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee
Fun fact: The original artist of this song, Brenda Lee, was only thirteen when she recorded it. But the way we usually hear, she kinda sounds a little older. Regardless, it’s such a fun song and definitely one you can’t resist singing along to. Miley Cyrus, Bella Thorne, and Toby Keith are some of the several artists that did a cover of this song. You can also hear this song in the movie Home Alone.
“Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms
Remember the part in Mean Girls when Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and The Plastics sing this at the Christmas talent show? That’s how you’ll definitely know this song. Other artists that covered this song include Aly & AJ, Victoria Justice, Rascal Flatts, and Hot Chelle Rae.
“The Hanukkah Song” – Adam Sandler
“Put on your yamaka. Here comes Hanukkah.” Aside from “The Dreidal Song,” there aren’t really a lot of notable Hanukkah songs out there, but Adam Sandler makes up for it with this fun little song. Although it isn’t really played in stores or on the radio much, you’ll definitely come across this song when someone decides to post this on their Facebook wall while proclaiming “Happy Hanukkah, everyone.”