Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

Posted 9 December, 2010 by Trish in / 32 Comments

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I’m notorious in my family for hearing a Christmas song and saying “Oh, I love this song; it’s my favorite.” In fact, I have been given such grief over this statement that I finally had to make special note of which Christmas song truly is my favorite. Every year it’s a toss-up between Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)—doesn’t matter which rendition—but either way, I can’t choose just one.

My love for Christmas music is somewhere on the extreme end of the love spectrum. I have over 125 Christmas songs on my ipod (like 7 versions of versions of The Christmas Song) and I admit that if I have my ipod on shuffle during non-Christmas times of the year I won’t change the track if a Christmas song comes on.

Some of my friends think this is sacrilege and wonder how I don’t tired of Christmas songs, but there is something so incredibly magical about Christmas music. I am not a religious person, but I can’t help be moved by the spirit of the season—particularly through the music. Even yesterday I was listening to O Holy Night (Glee version) while Scott was driving us to dinner and tears were pouring down my cheeks.

It’s taken me weeks of listening to complete my list of favorite Christmas songs—drafted on paper in alternating red and green pen (not kidding)—and I’m sad about some of the great songs that didn’t quite make the cut, but I couldn’t include ALL of them or you’d think me ridiculous. These tend to be the more “abso-awful” songs (term coined by Paxton of Cavalcade of Awesome on his own Christmas Songs list)—such as Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton and Last Christmas by Wham! Also, while there are certain songs that I love no matter who sings them, these tend to surprise me–they’re not the songs I would generally call my favorites but they are so fantastic I can’t help loving them.

Stop talking Trish!

So…the list. In no particular order.

1. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
2. All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Josh Groban
4. O Holy Night – Mariah Carey
5. Please Come Home for Christmas – Jon Bon Jovi
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Rascal Flatts
8. Christmas Waltz – The Carpenters
9. Happy X-Mas (The War is Over) – Celine Dion
10. This Christmas – Christina Aguilera

I wanted to include clips from YouTube but I haven’t touched my home computer in over a week because of my studying and YouTube is blocked at work. Maybe one day I’ll edit and include but my mom told me I need to stop talking about this post and just publish it already.

So, I will leave you with one of the “abso-awful” (or “aweso-awful”) songs that I love but didn’t make the list.

Merry Christmas Baby by Bruce Springsteen

It’s been said many times, many ways…

Merry Christmas, to you.

What are YOUR favorite Christmas Songs??

[hoping to take test on Monday and then will be FREEEEEEEE!! This blogging break sucks.]

32 Responses to “Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs”

  1. I love Christmas music all year round too! A new Christmas song I’m loving is Christmas Lights by Coldplay (and I love their version of my favorite Christmas song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas). I love all Christmas music, from the faithful, religious songs like O Come All Ye Faithful, to the fun songs like Bizarre Christmas Incident (Ben Folds) and The Chipmunk Song. We have Comcast cable, so we listen to the Sounds of the Season from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Great post, and I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that is always up for Christmas music!

  2. Favorite Christmas songs: O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells (I think that’s what it’s called), O Come All Ye Faithful (long childhood story to go with that one), and The First Noel.

  3. My favorite song is Happy X-Mas (The War is Over) – Celine Dion. I actually tried to listen to the CD last night. I was pretty much driving horrible, and swerving all over the road to find it, but I couldn’t. So sad. I don’t have much Christmas music. Maybe I could steal some of yours to build up my collection.

  4. I love any version of “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel”. My kids love “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” They would play that on repeat all day if I would let them. :)

  5. I love baby it’s cold outside and I really love have yourself a merry little christmas. I think Judy garlands version is mu favorite. And I really love the carpenters christmas.

  6. I’m sure it’s a complete oversight that Neil Diamond is nowhere on your list. He sings a lovely rendition of Happy X-Mas (The War is Over). Besides, who else can turn the word “I” into a 4 syllable word… “I-I-I-I’m dreaming of a White Christmas….”

    Okay, seriously, one of my favorite Christmas CDs, if you love piano music, is Peter Kater… probably not sold anymore; but it’s soooo great. I also love “All I want for Christmas, is You,” by Vince Valiants. And you know we’ll be gettin’ our grove on to Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin Around the Christmas Tree tomorrow on Bake Day! Bring your iPod so we can listen to your thousands of songs!

    Thank you for posting your list. Somehow it’s very easy for me to imagine tears streaming down your cheeks while listening to O Holy Night. You’re awesome, and you make my soul smile.

    Love — Mom

  7. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Chistmas’ is one of my favorites, too. Her Christmas album is the only specifically Christmas-y CD I own, and I’ve broken it out every year since the 6th grade.

  8. 125+ Christmas songs! Colour me jealous – I only have 107, I need to do some catching up.

    I usually have a new favourite every year, but these are a few that I’ve loved the past few years.

    The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song (

    Leona Naess – Christmas (

    Priscilla Ahn – Silent Night ( Oh so pretty!

    Sarah McLachlan – Happy Xmas (War is Over) (

  9. I love Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas from one of my fav movies, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Thank you for giving it a shoutout (I truly do love it).

    Nice list.

    The Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas is also awesome.

    But Celine’s Happy Xmas? Really?

    Where’s the love for Run DMC’s Christmas in Hollis. I can excuse that because I forgot to add it to my list too. :-p

  10. Oh, and this made me laugh out loud.

    “…but my mom told me I need to stop talking about this post and just publish it already.”

    Your mom sounds awesome.

  11. I love all Christmas music, but the season never really starts until I hear that Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet of the Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth.

  12. I have a bajillion favorite Christmas songs and I love most of what you put on your list. However, my all time favorite one is “Baby It’s Cold Outside”—Dean Martin. YUM!

  13. I listen to Christmas music year-round, too. And, boy, people will give you grief if they catch you playing Christmas music in July. I think that’s just silly. If you like it, why not play it? As to favorite songs . . . oh, so hard. Here are a few:

    Tennessee Christmas (on one of Amy Grant’s albums)
    Indiana Christmas as sung by Straight No Chaser
    The Christmas Song – Mel Torme is probably my fave
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    I’ll Be Home for Christmas (this one makes me absolutely SOB)
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Grown-Up Christmas List (another Amy Grant – another tear-jerker)
    Love Has Come and Heirlooms. . . okay, I just love Amy Grant’s Christmas albums
    White Christmas

    I could go on, but I’ll spare you.

  14. And, Angels We Have Heard on High (Josh Groban’s duet with . . . some guy . . . is beyond awesome).
    Also, I am totally crazy about Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong album.

    I’m going to shut up, now.

  15. I do NOT condone listening to Christmas music during any months other than December. It takes away the magic of the music if you hear it over and over all throughout the year! (in my opinion ;) ) I’m sad that the Grinch song isn’t in your top 10. Actually, on the new Christmas CD I bought this year, the Grinch song is actually one of the songs! (the group is Straight No Chaser, and it’s all acapella). Anyways…Josh Groban gives me chills and makes me tear up. Other than him, I usually prefer music only Christmas music. People’s voices start to annoy me.

  16. I don’t listen to Xmas music all year round, but I do Xmas all of December so I get my fix for the year. Plus I sing with a choir that has Xmas gigs so I end up singing Xmas from September onwards anyway. I love it!

    I’m a total Xmas freak. I CANNOT WAIT till Shane is old enough to be a Xmas freak with me. We tried this year, but he didn’t show any interest really…

    How I wish that we could hang out in real life Trish – a night of show tunes and xmas music? Fabulous!!!

  17. I LOVE your third paragraph, Trish – I could have said the same myself! Some of my favourite Christmas songs are That Was The Worse Christmas Ever, Star of Wonder and Do You See What I See by Sufjan Stevens, Johnny Cash’s O Come All Ye Faithful, Rudy by The Be Good Tanyas (it’s about a homeless man and it seldom fails to make me cry), White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchim (as untraditional as it gets, but it captures what Christmas means to me SO well), and Fairy Tale of New York, especially the Stars cover. Um, clearly I could be here all day :P

  18. *Diary/Anna – So many great versions of O Holy Night–the Glee one is actually quite good.

    *Kate – Wow–so many new suggestions! I love Coldplay and Ben Folds but didn’t realize they had Christmas songs. Thanks for adding to my list of songs to check out.

    *Amanda – Yes, Carol of the Bells. I love that one, too–used to be able to play it on the piano. Celine Dion actually has a pretty good version of O Come All Ye Faithful.

    *Brooke – Haha–you crack me up. Yes, you can borrow any of my CDs though some I just downloaded from iTunes. I’m sure we’ll be listening to lots of good music during bake day!!

    *Kristi – Oh goodness–the children’s classics. Some of them are really awful aren’t they? I like The First Noel, too. Sarah McLachlan has a different and interesting version.

    *Michelle – You love The Carpenters??? :D Everyone I know hates that CD but I think it’s so wonderful. and Yes, Baby It’s Cold Outside is a favorite of mine, too.

    *Kate/Mom – I’m afraid Neil Diamond’s ommission is NOT an oversight. YES, Peter Kater is definitely one of my favorite albums. Love it love it love it. Can’t wait to rock out tomorrow to all the fun Christmas songs. :D Love you, too, mom.

    *Charley – Isn’t Mariah Carey’s Christmas CD great? Like you I’ve had it for years and just can’t seem to find a good replacement for her upbeat and soulful songs.

    *Alita – Thank you so much for all the great suggestions!! I adore Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong CD (Wintersong *almost* made the list) but I haven’t heard the others. Glad you love Christmas music as much as I do!

    *Paxton – Haha! Isn’t Hard Candy Christmas fantastic? And yes, really Celine Dion. I can’t help it. I’m not sure I know the Run DMC song you refer to but one of the very early Very Special Christmas compilation CDs has a Run DMC song that we always have fun listening to. And yes, my mom IS really awesome. Even if she loves Neil Diamond (see her comment above).

  19. *JoAnn – Thank you so much for reminding me about that song! Because I have so many on my ipod I don’t listen to the radio much and forget about the old goodies. The Bing Crosby and David Bowie duet IS a classic!

    *Jamie – YES! Love that version of Baby It’s Cold Outside. I also am kind of really crushing on the new version from the Glee Christmas CD. Kurt (don’t know real name) has such a gorgeous voice.

    *CJ – Thank you for reminding me abut the Mannheim Steamrollers! Silent Night is one of my alltime favorite Christmas songs. I also really enjoy the Transsiberian Orchestra–have you heard any of their music?

    *Bookfool – Well, obviously I need to check out Amy Grant’s Christmas CD! Some of these I’m not familiar with but O Holy Night is my husband’s all-time favorite and I LOVE Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong as well. Josh Groban’s album is absolutely fantastic–and yes, that version of Angels We Have Heard on High almost made the list but I had to go with his It Came Upon a Midnight Clear instead. Glad to find another Christmas music fanatic! People do get really up in arms about listening outside the normal parameters.

    *Laura – I do know what you mean about it taking away from the magic of the music to an extent but rarely do I listen to a full CD outside Christmas time. When a single song comes onto my ipod I get the magic year round. Guess I just don’t tire of Christmas music. LOVE the Josh Groban. And Glee’s Christmas CD has Mr. Grinch. Made me think of you. ;)

    *Joanna – Oh I would love to hear what songs you sing in your choir! Singing is one talent I really wish I had but sadly I’m tone-deaf. ;) And yes, a night of show tunes and Christmas music (and maybe some baking??) would be fantastic.

    *Nymeth – Oh my goodness gracious so many songs that I haven’t heard of before!! I love Do You See What I See but am not familiar with Sufjan Stevens. Clearly I need to remedy my music gap!! And glad you feel the same. People sometimes wonder about my lack of religion and my penchant for Christmas music but for some reason it seems to move beyond everything and just uplift. Ok, off to discover your favorites. ;)

  20. Let’s see . . . What Child is This? Or maybe it’s O’ Come Emmanuel. No, no! It’s Carol of the Bells. Or maybe O’ Holy Night. Winter Wonderland! Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! And so many more . . .

    I love Christmas music, and like you, can often be heard saying a song is my favorite when it comes on the radio or stereo, regardless of the song. And I play Christmas music year round too if iTunes is set on shuffle.

    And I was just thinking the other day how many of these old Christmas hymns would make great lullabies . . .

  21. I’m a total scrooge when it comes to Christas music–perhaps because I have to listen to my 11yo son practice holiday music on his violin starting in early November as he prepares for holiday concerts. Yikes.

    But I love your line that you say to every song that you love it and that it is your favorite. While I don’t feel that way about Christmas songs, I couldn’t tell you how many different books I’ve called “my favorite” just this week alone.

  22. cj

    You’re welcome, Trish, and I love TSO. My niece got to see them in concert last year and I’m still jealous!

    By the way – your mom is absolutely the coolest.


  23. Yay! I love Christmas music too! I agree about the magic of the season as well as about never getting sick of Christmas music! I think you’ve got a great top 10 list and can imagine it in red and green :-)

    This year, I’ve really been enjoying Straight No Chaser’s Christmas songs (The Christmas Can Can is my favorite for decorating/shopping/baking…very energetic!). I also like Sarah McLaughlin and Mindy Smith for quieter stuff. And always, always, All I Want For Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to you too, Trish!

  24. Hi Trish,

    I also love ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, but only the Frank Sinatra cover.

    Sad though it may sound, my all time favourite has to be Bing Crosby, singing ‘I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas’, moves me to tears every time.

    I am not particularly religious, but always go to a Candlelight Processional at this time of year and love the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.


  25. I love the music, too. But I’m very much a tradionalist and I love the religious ones I grew up with. “O Holy Night” does the same thing to me–my very favorite Christmas song.

  26. *Trisha – Bing and Frank are really great–love some Dean Martin, too!

    *Lit Feline – LOL–I love that you can’t pick a favorite Christmas song as well. What Child is This is a great one! And yes, I agree that Christmas hymns do make great lullabies–Silent Night, Away in a Manger…

    *LifetimeReader – LOL–I’d probably tire of Christmas music too if I was listening to a youngster practicing for concerts. ;) And yes, I agree about the favorite books–it’s hard to pick JUST ONE!

    *CJ – What a sweet comment–my mom IS the coolest. Love her to pieces. :D

    *Erin – I haven’t heard of Straight No Chaser or Mindy Smith! And yes, love Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong album…so gorgeous.

    *Fiction-Books – I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas by Bing is a great rendition!! And I agree about the Hallelujah Chorus. Something so magical about this time of year no matter your beliefs.

    *Lisa – Isn’t O Holy Night such a fantastic song? Packs so much power into the lyrics and music. Hope you have a lovely Christmas.