I’ve been listening to Christmas music pretty much exclusively since a few days before Thanksgiving. Yes, I am that person, and I’m not ashamed. I love all Christmas music (literally ALL OF IT), but there are 7 songs that I listen to on repeat pretty much every day, and somehow I never, ever get sick of them. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” I mean, obviously. This is the best Christmas record in history and it’s physically impossible for any human being to not love this song. If you’re thinking, “Wrong! I don’t love this song!” right now, then I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re not a human, you’re a heartless robot. And when your kind finally stage an uprising and take over the world, your Christmas playlists will be very sad, indeed. I recently discovered there was an “extra festive” version of this song and I couldn’t believe I’d been tolerating the normal-level-of-festive version all these years. Total game changer.
2. Chuck Berry, “Run Rudolph Run.” This song always reminds me of the airport running scene in “Home Alone” and gives me a jolt of adrenaline, which sometimes leads to me going to the gym, which is basically the extent of my holiday season workout plan. For that reason, I’m eternally grateful for its existence.
3. Celine Dion, “Feliz Navidad.” Celine Dion belting out a Spanish Christmas song in her French Canadian accent over a peppy jazz background, plus the inclusion of the orgy-tastic line, “We’re just getting hot!” in the chorus. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
4. Wham!, “Last Christmas.” A lot of people really hate this song and/or get sick of it very quickly (especially if you work in retail, as this is played every 6 minutes from October to January), but I consider it one of my secret talents that I never, ever, ever, ever get sick of this song. Someday I hope to use this to my advantage, for example, if the CIA ever takes me into custody and locks me in a cell for two days with “Last Christmas” playing on repeat. The guard will light a cigarette and say, “That’ll break her for sure.” And I’ll be like, “LOL yeah right, this is what I do at home by choice.”
5. Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmastime.” I love this song for its bouncy simplicity. It makes no lofty Christmas goals. There’s no illusions of world peace or Jesus making a triumphant return. It’s just, “We’re here tonight, and that’s enough.”
6. John & Yoko, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” Speaking of world peace, here’s a Christmas song that definitely does use the holiday season as a backdrop for some loftier goals for humanity, and I’m behind it 100%. “War is over if you want it.” Yes, please!
7. Barenaked Ladies feat. Sarah McLachlan, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings.” After “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” this is my very favorite Christmas song ever and one of the main reasons I get so excited for Christmas music. The arrangement is quirky and beautiful and energetic. It doesn’t really feel like Christmas until I’m singing this song at the top of my lungs while making woefully misshapen sugar cookies.
Fellow Christmas music fanatics — share your ride-or-die Christmas favorites in the comments! Especially if they include *NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” which just narrowly missed out on a spot on my list.
[Ridiculous photo of DJ wearing Santa hat via Shutterstock]