I love Christmas music. Just ask my parents who had to listen to small-child Naomi’s favorite Chipmunks Christmas tape year-round. (Except for when it would go missing. I’m on to you, Mom.)
As an adult, I acknowledge that Christmas music should probably be limited to November and December, but since that’s a very short window of opportunity, I keep my radio permanently set to the Christmas music stations. And it is glorious.
My one complaint with this setup is that the stations tend to play the same 30 Christmas songs for a month straight. And they leave out a lot of the good ones. So here’s what I’ve been supplementing them with.
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Pentatonix
I listened to Pentatonix Christmas playlists all morning on Thanksgiving while I was cooking and baking. I highly recommend it.
“Mary, Did You Know?” – Pentatonix
Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of this song, but the Pentatonix version is really excellent.
“A Christmas to Remember” – Amy Grant
Hannah and I always listen to Amy Grant while we’re decorating for Christmas, starting with this song. Then we go through all of A Christmas to Remember and Home for Christmas. It feels like the start of Christmas to me.
“Sleigh Ride” – Leroy Anderson
We played this song in high school band, and I must say that the instrumental version is the way to go.
“Drummer Boy” – Justin Bieber
Does anyone else think of Angela from the office when they hear “Little Drummer Boy”? Hannah got me Under the Mistletoe a couple of years ago, and I love it when this song comes up. Especially because of its hilarious rap lyrics like “Playing for the king, playing for the title, I’m surprised you didn’t hear this in the Bible.”
“Carol of the Bells” – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
I feel like this one should be a staple on Christmas radio stations, but I’ve only heard it one time this year. So that’s upsetting.
“Jingle Bell Rock” – Anyone
I linked to Amy Grant’s version above, but the important thing here is that we all think of Mean Girls.
“O Holy Night” – Josh Groban
What’s Christmas without a little Josh Groban? Plus, this version doesn’t go quite as crazy high as most of the ones you find. So it’s a definite contender for singing along.
Honorable mentions also go to “Hallelujah” by the Pentatonix (which isn’t really a Christmas song, but it’s on their Christmas album) and “The Moment I Knew” by Taylor Swift (which takes place in mid-December … so it’s close).