The holidays are here, which means forced attendance at family gatherings and sort of optional office parties while cheesy Christmas music plays in the background. Even though the holiday season is considered a magical time, it can be ruined by the constant blaring of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” each time you turn on the radio or visit a store, attempting to escape uncomfortable social gatherings.
However, there are some great Christmas songs out there for whatever setting you find yourself in, whether you are waiting for the bus in the snow or spending Christmas dinner with family. And now you can replay as many of the songs as you want without it affecting your Spotify Wrapped results!
“Christmas Time is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
What’s Christmas without good ol’ Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang? The instrumental version of “Christmas Time is Here” will fill you with nostalgia and put you in a relaxing mood. The soft, relaxing jazz and timeless melody is perfect to play in the background at house parties or when you are studying for finals.
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas” by Michael Bublé
Bublè’s smooth vocals are wonderful to hear anytime but especially during the holidays. This song always puts me in the holiday spirit and is great to listen to while decorating the tree or baking cookies. For a similar vibe, I would recommend listening to Nat King Cole’s “A Christmas Song.”
“The Christmas Waltz” by She & Him
This is one of my personal favourite Christmas songs and I wish it was more well known. I love Zooey Deschanel as an actress, but even more so as a singer for the band She & Him. Her deep vocals soothe the soul, but also contain a sweet melancholy atmosphere to them. Although it was originally written for Frank Sinatra in 1954, I think Deschanel brings more charm to the song with her version. This song is great to listen to while out walking in the snow or wrapping presents.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year” by Andy Williams
It is impossible to listen to this song without having a smile on your face. The song is uplifting and will put you in the holiday spirit. I would recommend playing this song at a karaoke Christmas party where everyone can join in and sing along.
“My Only Wish (This Year)” by Britney Spears
This list would not be complete without including the Princess of Pop, aka Britney Spears. Although Spears never released a Christmas album, she did release this holiday single in 2000. This cheeky song offers upbeat comfort and optimism for the hopeless romantic during the holiday season. This is a great song to dance to, so blast it at a party with friends.
“Merry Christmas, Kiss my Ass” by All Time Low
On a change of note, here is a song for those who have recently gotten hurt or been heart broken and need a Christmas song to let out some anger. This song will definitely do the trick! I would recommend not listening to this song in a setting where couples are doing cute Christmassy things. Instead, listen to it in your room and pretend you are screaming it to the person that crushed your heart.
“Love to Keep Me Warm” by Dodie, Laufey
This is the perfect song to listen to while sitting in a cafe or cozying up by the fire because of Dodie’s relaxing vocals and soft range. This song is nice to continue listening to after Christmas as well, since it is about the weather.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
I am ending with this classic holiday song, which is a must during the holiday’s. Garland’s classic vocals will forever be one of a kind and pull at your heartstrings. This song gives comfort to those that have recently lost a loved one or for those that miss their family this time of year. Listen in a space you feel most safe and comfortable.
I hope these songs can provide some joy and comfort this holiday season. I’ve created a playlist where you can listen to them on Spotify.