What a wonderful time of the year December is! It’s the last month of the year, and we can all sit back and relax a little, enjoying the warmth of the house and the company of our family and friends. There is the feeling of having come full-circle, as we gear up for the start of a brand new year. But before that comes one of the most favourite festivals that all children love – Christmas! Something about meeting a loving old cuddly man, and getting presents from him is very satisfying indeed – especially since Santa gives presents only to all the good boys and good girls!
Christmas Songs Playlist to Sync In with the Festive Cheer!
The best way to enjoy Christmas is to gather around in a big group with a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, and put on some festive music! So here is our pick of the 10 best Christmas songs, old and new, that will drive away your winter blues!
1. Last Christmas – Wham
Even someone who doesn’t like Christmas will still know this song! Celebrated as one of the best heartbreak songs, it is perfect to reminisce about long-lost friends and lovers… while being grateful for having new ones!
2. All I Want for Christmas – Fifth Harmony
This song has been covered by several artists throughout the history of western music. Our favourite is this sizzling rendition by Fifth Harmony. Although the band has split up now, fans can rejoice that they gave us such a beautiful song before that happened. One way to have fun with this song is to sing it to your partner for Christmas!
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s voice is the magic of this song – it’s warm, chocolaty and very leisurely. It is difficult to imagine this song in anyone else’s voice, and so for this popular number, ‘there’s no school like the old school’. This one is perfect for the entire family to sing together too – the words are not so difficult to learn, and it is a Universal Christmas song that is inclusive of everyone.
4. Jingle Bell Rock – Glee
Were you waiting to see the name of this song since you started reading the article? Of course, you were! No Christmas in any part of the world can be complete without this peppy upbeat song! This song can be a great way to get everyone dancing. Children will especially love this one since it has a simple harmony and a comfortable pace for them to bounce around on.
5. I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Claus – Amy Winehouse
Another classic that has been covered by many artists, this one tells the story of Christmas – as seen from the eyes of a child! Daddy usually becomes Santa Claus… but the child never knows that! So it is natural for the child to be shocked at seeing mommy kissing Santa Claus!
For this song, we went for Amy Winehouse’s version; it is still hard to believe she is no more. Her death was indeed the biggest shock to music fans all around the world. One of the things we have to be eternally grateful for when it comes to Amy, however, is making this song immortal for us.
6. Silent Night – Mariah Carey
Another Christmas classic! Mariah Carey is still regarded as one of the biggest pop sensations of her time. So, parents, this one is going to be super nostalgic for you to share with your children! Something about this sexy diva crooning this soulful number creates unparalleled magic. When Mariah starts to sing, all you want to do is close your eyes, and get lost in her voice!
7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
Agreed – there are only a handful of places in India where it snows… but snow and Christmas are inextricable – be it in movies, stories, or songs. So how can we celebrate Christmas without a single song about snowing? You can bring spray cans or use cotton to create artificial snow in your living room, for your kids to enjoy a proper ‘white Christmas’.
8. Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande makes for the perfect impish kid who has been naughty all year round; and rightly enough, she seems to be making a very specific demand of Santa – a boy! One who won’t break her heart and will be around for next year’s Christmas too! You can use this song to indulge in some harmless teasing, dedicating it to your husband! A little bit of jealousy and possessiveness is adorable, so your husband might just be pleased to know you feel so about him! By the way, make sure you watch this video right till the end to enjoy some fun ‘behind the scenes’ moments.
9. So This is Christmas – Celine Dion
Another crooner we could not have possibly left out of the list! Some people are just born with that angelic voice, that adds a touch of ‘divine’ to Christmas songs. Celine Dion is definitely one of those people! This song also has an interesting history, in that it was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the end of the Vietnam war, making it a beautiful song with a story that you can share with your children.
10. Christmas is All Around – Billy Mack
We end the playlist with an out-and-out celebratory song! This one too holds a special place in most people’s hearts, because of the movie that it was a part of – Love, Actually. One of the best ensemble casts and small yet beautiful roles played by some of our favourite Brits, make it a crowd favourite. Relive the movie with this montage video! Maybe later you and your partner can watch the movie together too (but after you’ve put the kids to bed since it has a few adult themes as well).
So there you have it – 10 smash hits to help you celebrate Christmas! Gather your family, cut everyone a slice of a delicious Christmas cake, put on this playlist and share a beautiful time making Christmas memories to last a lifetime! Have a merry one!