- Dolly Parton – “Hard Candy Christmas”
- Judy Garland – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
- Kelly Clarkson – “Underneath the Tree”
- Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings”
- Sia – “Puppies Are Forever”
- Sufjan Stevens – “Auld Lang Syne”
- Elvis Presley – “Blue Christmas”
- Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
- Madonna – “Santa Baby”
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One of the things associated with the yuletide season of Christmas are the songs associated with the seasons.
There are so many songs associated with Christmas but these few we are going to highlight are the best of Xmas hits you can ever think of.
We did not just select randoms songs, we took out time to get global ratings for these songs and their impact on those celebrating in Xmas.
First on the list is :
Dolly Parton – “Hard Candy Christmas”
Dolly’s entry into the great holiday songbook wasn’t even initially intended for Christmas but now it stands out as one of the seasons’s hit songs listened by many across the globe. As a bit of a show-ender for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the soundtrack version is a solo performance from Parton. Her version was co-opted into the melancholy Christmas single-anthem that is pro-getting drunk on apple wine.
Judy Garland – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
If this isn’t on your Christmas playlist, it’s a tragedy.Judy’s was gifted in captivating her listeners with sweet melodies. While “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been recorded more times than probably any of us can count, it’s the emotional Judy Garland version from Meet Me in St. Louis that stands above the rest.
Kelly Clarkson – “Underneath the Tree”
Kelly loves a bop, and “Underneath the Tree” is just happy, Xmas noise. While her album Wrapped in Red is a testament that Clarkson should throw her hat in the ring for all Christmas music, this one is just especially fun.
Then we have,
Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings”
Fun fact: Barenaked Ladies came out with a Christmas album. More fun fact: the best song on it is the irresistible harmony between the band and McLachlan, whose angelic voice lends itself perfectly to anything to do with Christmas.
Sia – “Puppies Are Forever”
Sia’s foray into the holiday album space is as off the wall as you might imagine it might be, but at the top of that heap of silly is “Puppies Are Forever.” Outside of being saccharine to the point of giving you a cavity, it’s an earworm that you’ll undoubtedly be humming an hour after listening. It’s a butterfly hit for Xmas celebrations.
We now have:
Sufjan Stevens – “Auld Lang Syne”
Sufjan Stevens’s take on what most people know as the song that plays at New Years is a folksy banjo-laden track that feels simplified and stripped down in the same way you’d imagine a big group of friends would perform it at their own New Years party.
Elvis Presley – “Blue Christmas”
Elvis’ xmas Album is, arguably, the best testament to the King’s artistic interests of all his albums as it masterfully tackles rockabilly, gospel, country, pop, and gospel across its 12 tracks. The most enduring cut, though, is the equal parts woeful and hopeful “Blue Christmas.” Give it a listen and you’ll see why.
the next is a song for the soul:
Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
Then Madonna ends the list with:
Madonna – “Santa Baby”
Madonna was in full-on ˆ mode for this cover of Eartha Kitt’s fireside seduction, all hiccuping flirtation and winking vamps.
These songs are your best hits for xmas celebrations. You should keep them on a special list on your music rack.