Holiday Playlist

Natalie Davis, Author

Tables filled with sweet treats ranging from peppermint bark to gingerbread and even chocolate fudge, an illuminating Christmas tree placed perfectly so that it attracts the gazes of many, and the joyous sound of holiday music ricochets through the room. Holiday playlists can make or break a party, so make sure the playlist is full of songs that pump up the party.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

Carey’s song is the most played christmas song according to Billboard Top 100. Every year when the holiday season comes around, it begins climbing the Billboard top 100. Forty-two weeks it was in the top 100, 37 of which were spent in the number one position. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was written in 1994.

“Last Christmas” by Wham!

Wham! Is an English duo comprised of George Micheal and Andrew Ridgely. Last Christmas is the tenth best selling christmas song in the U.S. “Last Christmas” was written in 1984. 

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft

Originally from Dr. Suess’ children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” connects christmas movies and christmas carols. The song was written by Dr. Suess, composed by Albert Hauge, and performed by Thurl Ravenscroft. 

“Mele Kalikimaka” sung by Bing Crosby and written by Robert Alex Anderson

“Mele Kalikimaka” is a Hawaiian phrase for Merry Christmas. The song depicts Christmas in a way that contrasts the stereotype of Christmas. Instead of white snow and cold weather, Hawaiian Christmas’s are sunny days and swaying palm trees. “Mele Kalikimaka” was written in 1949.

“Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

“Feliz Navidad” is written in the Spanish language almost entirely, with the exception of the chorus “I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.”  “Feliz Navidad” is another song that brings a twist to Christmas carols. It was written in 1981.

“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley

Elvis’s take on “Blue Christmas”, composed by Jay W. Johnson and Billy Hayes, is one of the most famous renditions. Mellow and melancholy, Elvis sings of his lonely Christmas. “Blue Christmas” was written in 1948.

“Where Are You Christmas?” by Faith Hill

“Where Are You Christmas?” is another song featured in Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Originally, Mariah Carey was the intended performer, but due to a legal case her version could not be released. Faith Hill stepped in and produced the popular song today.  

“Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson

“Sleigh Ride” was originally an instrumental song composed by Arthur Fidler in 1949, the lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950. “Sleigh Ride” is a popular song for middle school and high school bands to perform during their winter concerts.