Cath’s Christmas Playlist of Champions (Part Two)
It’s December 16. Tell me: Are you positively BURSTING with Christmas cheer? As the holiday draws nearer, there may be the few among us who tire of Christmas music. But we, the stalwarts, forge onward in upholding the Christmas cheer. Bonus points to any stalwart who can tell me why the above Santa has such a terrible tan (it could very well be related to his yam allergy).
Part One of my Christmas playlist contained many of the greatest holiday songs out there, but neglected to mention a fair few that will get (and keep) you in the spirit. That is why sequels were invented. Introducing…PART TWO!
1) “It’s a Marshmallow World” – Darlene Love
Every year this song skyrockets up my list of favorites, and one day it may just reach the top (I don’t even know which honoree holds that spot right now…why do you think I’m doing these huge playlists?!). I’m listening to this song right now with a STUPID smile on my face (that is a true depiction what I’m doing right now…but it’s kind of boring so I spiced it up a bit). This song edges out the other Darlene Love hit for me on the grounds of “Marshmallow World” being so HAPPY…and nobody does it like her.
Honorable Mention: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love
2) “The Man With All the Toys” – The Beach Boys
Another fun one that doesn’t get too much play. It is nicely complemented by another Beach Boys holiday favorite, “Little Saint Nick.”
3) “Christmas Don’t Be Late” – Dave Seville and The Chipmunks
It’s tough to find this—the ORIGINAL version—on any normal website, so I’ll link to the video as best I can.
I always had a thing for Dave Seville. He’s just so…responsible.
4) “Welcome, Christmas” – Whoville Whos (The Grinch)
5) “Home Alone Theme” – John Williams
6) “Jingle Bells” – Jimmy Smith
A chill instrumental Christmas cover by an accomplished jazz musician. I keep hearing this on the radio at work, and it is always a refreshing change.
7) “Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley
8) “What Christmas Means to Me” – Stevie Wonder
9) “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
This live version of the song captures the energy of the holiday season with a Bruce Springsteen kick. If you exist on this planet, you have probably been told that seeing Bruce Springsteen live is “an experience” or something similarly vague. This is me parroting that statement. But listening to him ask Clarence Clemons about Santa bringing a new saxophone will suffice for now.
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” – The Jackson 5
A Battle Royale with Springsteen version. Who brings more zazz to the table? I think that in the spirit of Christmas we can include both—but this does raise an interesting question.
10) “Believe” – Josh Groban
I don’t know why I put this exceptGIVE YOUR DREAMS THE WEEEEENGS TO FLYYY
11) “What’s This?” – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween? Christmas? Who knows. It’s different, cute, and catchy.
12) “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band-Aid
You may hate it—we may all sort of hate it—but it wouldn’t be Christmas without this song.
SOME CRUCIAL HONORABLE MENTIONS:
“Ding Dong Ding Dong” – George Harrison
“This Christmas” – Donny Hathaway
“Step Into Christmas” – Elton John
“Christmas Time is Here Again” – The Beatles
This recording is taken from the Beatles’ 1967 Christmas greeting, which would explain the song, as well as the cute season’s greetings that each band member delivers towards the end of the track. It’s like they’re talking to you.
“Father Christmas” – The Kinks
“Psycho Jingle Funk/Jingle Bells” – Rithma/Frank Sinatra
I have to link to this on Grooveshark because it’s too weird to be anywhere else. I’ve been making an effort to include some creative picks so this isn’t just the same bland list of songs you’d be hearing over and over on the radio every Christmas season. This song, being a funkified version of Sinatra’s old classic, definitely fits the bill.
Love it? Hate it? What are your favorite holiday songs? Share your thoughts in the comments!