There’s something unique about Christmas music that invites an air of nostalgia, peace and warmth that is rarely, if ever, experienced with other genres. Classic yuletide carols are mingling with the holiday spirit, and we’re counting down the days to Christmas with a top 10 list of classic holiday songs.
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1. Christmas Cookies (George Strait, 1999) -- Of course we must begin the list with our very own legendary country artist, George Strait. George has an extensive tracklist of holiday classics, but Christmas Cookies is an all-time favorite. This song made its debut in 1999, and was instantly a popular hit with its amusing tune and authentic lyrics.
2. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! (Dean Martin) -- Snow is the perfect accessory to Christmas, and this song paints that picture beautifully.
3. White Christmas (Bing Crosby) -- Bing Crosby’s Academy Award winning Christmas carol made its premiere in the 1942 film Holiday Inn. The vintage voice of Bing over a soft melody is one of the best holiday songs recorded.
4. Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley) -- Who knew that such a soft heartbreaking song on Christmas could sound so pleasing? Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas is a nostalgic melody that is still soothing to listen to.
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Frank Sinatra) -- Nothing compares to the voice of Frank Sinatra caroling over this Christmas classic.
6. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Johnny Mathis) -- When Johnny Mathis says it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, we take his word for it. This song creates eager anticipation for the arrival of the holiday season.
7. The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole) -- The world was instantly swooned by Nat King Cole’s soft crooning of, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” Cole recorded this song three times, but the one we know of today was recorded in 1961.
8. Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms) -- When compiling a list of holiday songs for a Christmas party, Bobby Helms’ jingle is definitely a playlist must-have.
9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Jackson 5) -- Jackson 5 never failed to get us out of our seats, and this fun song gets everyone excited for Santa’s arrival.
10. Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry, 1958) -- Chuck Berry’s rock ‘n roll Christmas jingle always has us rooting for Rudolph to get Santa in town on time for Christmas!
No matter how old these classic Christmas songs are, they'll always be a hit every holiday season!