The Beat: The Ultimate Christmas Playlist

By Kate Ebeling, Staff Writer
@kebbietot

For many people out there, Christmas music is a year-round genre. They listen to it in July and really pull out the stops come early November. As a self-proclaimed Christmas purist, I believe that the only time you can begin to start celebrating the most wonderful time of the year is after Thanksgiving. Growing up in a household that strictly abided by this rule, I can tell you that Christmas music is a sacred thing that you revere and listen to nonstop until December 26th.

With that being said, here is a list of the 10 greatest Christmas songs ever. Ever.

10. “Christmas Roses” – Frankie Lane and Jo Stafford

Christmas Roses is not as relatively known as some other songs that made this list, but it’s a classic because of how sweet it is – not to mention the idea of roses on Christmas. Bonus points for the fact that Lane and Stafford sound perfect together.

9. “White Christmas” – The Drifters

You might recognize this tune but be unable to place it – this version of “White Christmas” was featured on the Home Alone Soundtrack, the greatest Christmas movie of all time by the way.

8. “Winter Wonderland” – Bing Crosby

A perennial holiday favorite, Christmas season isn’t complete without Bing Crosby’s croon and a listening (or two, or three) of this classic Xmas song.

7. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” – Burl Ives

There isn’t a jauntier, catchier, feel-good song than “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” It is always the first and last Christmas tune I listen to. There’s something so infectious about Ives’ tone and the overall message of good cheer and high spirits.

6. “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt

Now, Christmas is a time of innocence and good cheer but Eartha Kitt brings something to the table that makes her rendition of “Santa Baby” a little more risque but still sounding of good cheer. “Santa Baby” does not exactly fit the mold of the Christmas carol, but it has stood the test of time and managed to maintain a sense of holiday spirit while being a little different than all the others.

5. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee

As one of the first holiday songs I ever heard as a child, I was always attached to this song and it’s rock and roll sound that was so easy to listen to.

4. “Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a classic. So is the soundtrack and especially this song.

3. “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – King’s College Choir, Cambridge

While I am not particularly secular in any aspect, this song manages to bring goose bumps every time I listen to it. There is something so pure and innocent about the sound of the King’s Choir singing in harmony with joy over the holiday season.

2. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey

No words for this song. None needed.

1. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” – Nat King Cole

The quintessential Christmas song, sung by the one and only Nat King Cole. This song evokes images of fireplaces, garland and wreaths. Images of staying up late for Santa and trying not to nod off. Just the overall feel of being with your family and all the ones you love, a really good meal and that great feeling of being full, but not too full. Also, a light snowfall on Christmas Eve; the smell of pine and must from the old box of ornaments, a warmth inside of your stomach. Just because it’s Christmastime and why not?

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