2011 Holiday Playlist

Thursday, December 08, 2011

For some reason or another, I just love Christmas music. I will pretty much never say no if offered free Christmas music, which should explain why I have 'N Sync's Christmas album "Home For Christmas" on my iPod. I have Christmas music spanning practically every genre, from pop to country to punk, and of course folk and jazz and all of that.

In the late fall/early winter, I typically just go to my "Holiday" genre and press shuffle, but since I'm in a tropical environment this year that barely celebrates any of the American fall/winter holidays, I needed just a little help.

Here is my (sometimes embarrassing) holiday playlist this year (with a handful of repeats because no two artists ever really cover a song the same way):

1. "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year," Johnny Mathis
2. "Silent Night," Gloriana
3. "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Burt Ives
4. "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Aly & AJ
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and this version is probably my favorite. I remember listening to this as motivation while working on my very last paper before Winter Break my senior year of college.

5. "Funky, Funky Xmas," New Kids On The Block
6. "Fa La La," Justin Bieber ft. Boyz II Men
7. "Merry Christmas Darling," The Carpenters
8. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," David Archuleta
9. "Sleigh Ride," Ella Fitzgerald
10. "What Christmas Means To Me," Hanson
11. "Peace," Norah Jones
Norah Jones has two songs that calm me down no matter what, and "Peace" is one of them. "Angel" is the other, which has a much sexier and sultry sound.

12. "I Never Knew The Meaning of Christmas," 'N Sync
13. "Christmas Song," Catherine Feeny
14. "I Still Believe In Santa Claus," New Kids On The Block
15. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," Dean Martin
16. "On This Winter's Night," Lady Antebellum
17. "Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas," Justin Bieber
18. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (again), Katharine McPhee

19. "Home For Christmas," 'N Sync
20. "All I Want For Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm beginning to grow a little weary of this song. I think it has something to do with the fact that my friends and I think it's a song for all seasons and will whip it out throughout the year.
21. "This One's For The Children," New Kids On The Block
22. "City of Silver Dreams," Sugarland
23. "This Christmas," Joe
This is another favorite Christmas song of mine, and Joe's version is my favorite. I like how smooth he and the production sound.

24. "Mistletoe," Justin Bieber
25. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (again), David Archuleta
26. "Christmas Time," Backstreet Boys
This is the sole Christmas song the Backstreet Boys ever recorded, as far as I know. In 1998, they hinted that they were planning to record a Christmas album, but that never came to fruition (it's not too late, guys!). They performed this on Disney's Very Merry Christmas Parade in 1997, on the day that I began liking them.
27. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (a third time!), Lady Antebellum
28. "If Every Day Could Be Christmas," 98 Degrees
98 Degrees' Christmas album "This Christmas" is also really good. Now that I'm older, I think they were really underrated as a boy band (though I think they may have thought of themselves as a vocal harmony group). Before the boy band craze took over, I think they tended to do more R&B-tinged pop music, but then they started coming out with songs that put less of an emphasis on their voices and harmonies. I think the Christmas album strips away a lot of the components of generic pop and allows you to hear how beautiful their voices sound together.
29. "Mistletoe," Colbie Caillat
30. "White Christmas," New Kids On The Block
31. "Christmases When You Were Mine," Taylor Swift
32. "Christmas Wish," 98 Degrees
33. "Winter Song," Sara Bareilles, featuring Ingrid Michaelson
34. "Christmas Eve," Justin Bieber
Justin's newest musical endeavor is actually pretty good, I think. The Christmas album features a lot of musical collaborations (kind of gimmicky, I think), but for the most part, it sounds good. My favorite is his duet with Boyz II Men ("Fa La La"), but a lot of the solo, original songs he does are sweet in that 'N Sync Christmas album vein.
35. "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)," Nat King Cole
36. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," Lady Antebellum
37. "At Christmas," Hanson
38. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays," 'N Sync
This is probably my all-time favorite 'N Sync song. This song came out during the period I would go home after school every day and watch "Total Request Live," so I remember this extremely cheesy (maybe even New Kids-inspired) music video. (But why is there so much orange?) To this day, this song never fails to put me in a good mood, and I'll occasionally sing it at karaoke, even in the middle of July.

39. "White Christmas" (again), Katharine McPhee
40. "Christmas Love," Justin Bieber
41. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (again), Christina Aguilera
I love Christina's voice and I still believe she's the greatest voice of my generation, but this album was recorded during the period (or maybe she still does it?) where she would go overboard with the melismas and "yeah yeahs," so that made most of this album distracting and terrible as a means to put me in the Christmas spirit. This is one of the few songs that isn't too overdone, I think.
42. "All I Want Is You This Christmas," 'N Sync
43. "Nuttin' For Christmas," Sugarland
A funny Christmas song!

44. "I'll Be Missin' You Come Christmas (A Letter to Santa)," New Kids On The Block
45. "This Gift," 98 Degrees
46. "Home This Christmas," Justin Bieber
47. "You Don't Have To Be Alone (On Christmas)," 'N Sync
48. "Little Drummer Boy," Jordan Knight
49. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)" (again), New Kids On The Block
50. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (for the fourth time), Frank Sinatra

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