Our Top Ten Christmas Tracks
The Christmas song canon is an extensive catalogue of classic favourites, timeless pop hits and crooning ballads. But it’s time to trim the fat. Here’s a list of the ten songs, we believe, are the top Christmas tracks of all time. Feel free to comment below if you think we’re off the mark.
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
We’ll start our list with a classic, sung by many a crooner. Our favourite rendition would have to be from old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra; the perfect pace for winding down an evening with the family or snuggling up with a loved one.
9. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
We had to include at least one pop hit, so we went with Mariah. Played in malls around the world, this track keeps you moving. How she hits those high notes is beyond even the man in the red suit.
8. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
From 1957, Helms classic was released just as rock ‘n’ roll was taking off.
7. White Christmas
Every child’s wish: snow on Christmas. Bing Crosby’s version is probably the most beloved. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the top selling single of all time.
6. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
We don’t know anyone who still roasts chestnuts over the fireplace, but that opening line immediately puts you in the Christmas mood. Beliebers aside, we think everyone would agree that Nat King Cole’s version stands alone.
5. Blue Christmas
Sung by the hip-swayer, Elvis Presley, and the often forgotten Martina McBride, Blue Christmas is a swinging country love song about a colour rarely associated with the winter holiday.
4. Sleigh Ride
Sleigh Ride is our only instrumental entry. Often played by large orchestras, our favourite part is the whip crack. A close second is the final trumpet horse neigh.
3. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacCoil
This is the ultimate drunken holiday sing-a-long. Released first, but not written by, The Pogues (ftr. Kirsty MacCoil), Fairytale in New York is a Celtic tale of a bickering transplanted coupe who are living out a tempestuous new life in New York City. Admist their heckling taunts, the couple can still appreciate the bells of Christmas.
2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
No real mention of Christmas, but still one of our favourite holiday tunes. The Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton (no relation) version has the most chemistry. Jimmy Fallon did a hilarious rendition last week on SNL.
1. Silent Night
Written in 1818, this classic Christmas carol is sung in French, English and German. During the 1914 Christmas truce of World War I, both sides sang this song simultaneously across the trenches. It describes one of the simple, but often misplaced, pleasures of Christmas: calm.