It’s Christmas! It’s finally here! And, for those of you celebrating today, our staff has put together a list of some of our favorite festive songs.
If Christmas isn’t your jam, take a look at some of the artists and albums we’ve profiled in our music section!
Jona Lewie – “Stop the Cavalry”
Whereas U2 tried to give us a song about people not knowing it’s Christmas, Lewie drops a track about soldiers on the front lines of war unable to be home with their loved ones. A jaunty tune that also serves as a reminder that not everyone is safe over the holidays.
Trigger warning for the video: it does contain graphic images of war and battle.
Mykola Leontovych/Peter J. Wilhousky – “Carol of the Bells”
As far as intensity and in-your-face proclamations go, this early 1900s carol is practically early metal.
IT’S CHRISTMAS. YOU WILL KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS. WITH BELLS. SO MANY BELLS.
Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
You can’t have a list of holiday music without Run DMC’s classic. It just can’t be done. Check your list; check it twice. If “Christmas in Hollis” isn’t on there, good luck making it on the nice list.
Sufjan Stevens – “The Friendly Beasts”
If you like your Christmas music to slant towards the mellow, you can’t go wrong with Stevens’ cover of “Beasts”. It’s a folksy, pseudo-choral extravaganza.
Vienna Tang – “The Atheist Christmas Carol”
And, if the story behind Christmas isn’t your beat, we’ve got you covered. Check out Tang’s take on the season and her focus on the hope and love that dwell among it.
Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Probably the most enduring “modern” Christmas classic, our writer Adreanna summed it up best: “Mariah Carey’s Christmas album is the way, the truth, and the light.”
They Might Be Giants – “Santa’s Beard”
If what we’ve listed so far isn’t in your wheelhouse, perhaps this quirky single from the makers of ‘Particle Man’ will do the trick. Beware of Santa.
Harry Connick Jr. – “When My Heart Finds Christmas”
In another genre offering, take a look at Connick’s song. Is it jazz? Is it country? Who cares? Sit back and relax with his oh so lovely voice. Though maybe not while you drive, yeah? Safety first.
Jennifer Hudson – “O Holy Night”
Sure, the versions of this song are nearly as numerous as the grains of sand on Long Beach. However, Jennifer Hudson dropped a version in 2009 on a live Christmas special that leaves us in tears every time we hear it.
Loreena McKennitt – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
This is a staple song around this time of year, and what better way to give it a new life than with a cover from a Reigning Queen of the New Age Movement Loreena McKennitt?
Friðrik Ómar og Margrét Eir – “Af álfum”
So, this little number might not be in English, but if you watch it and don’t feel like you’ve had a full level blast of Christmas and happy, happy, everywhere… well, maybe you should mosey on over to our list of favorite adaptations of A Christmas Carol and take a few notes.