I don’t make enough playlists. Collections of songs that have some theme, create a mood, or that I just enjoy listening to. In my college days I remember sitting at the CD listening station in the local music shop for hours before walking out with a couple I’d decide to buy. And, I had stacks of mix tapes.
Now, in the digital age, I’ve got a large collection of songs in my iTunes and I like to keep adding to it. But, honestly, I’ve gotten a bit slack. I don’t get all the enjoyment I should out of the music I already have or the new songs I discover because I haven’t taken the time to organize them into playlists that I enjoy listening to. How did I have time to make mix tapes but can’t manage to drag and drop a few songs into a list?
So I figure there’s no better time than Christmas to put a playlist together. There are plenty of great classic Christmas songs out there from the likes of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. But sometimes, well, they’re just a bit slow for my taste. This doesn’t mean they’re not great songs, it just means I wouldn’t put them on repeat to listen to over and over again. And they certainly wouldn’t have me dancing around the kitchen.
So here’s my list, Christmas songs that just might make you dance around the kitchen while you’re busy baking cookies. What are your favorite Christmas songs?
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
Christmas Lights – Coldplay
Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Frosty the Snow Man – Ella Fitzgerald
Last Christmas – Wham!
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
The Twelve Days Of Christmas – The Spinners
My Favorite Things – Tony Bennett
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
Winter Wonderland – Aretha Franklin
Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant – Annie Lennox
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Jingle Bells – Michael Bublé featuring The Puppini Sisters
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Deck The Halls – Nat King Cole
Joy To The World – Whitney Houston with The Georgia Mass Choir
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis
Is This Christmas? – The Wombats
Step Into Christmas – Elton John
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade